Help! Can I Join An Affiliate Program If I'm Under 18?

by Peter Nguyen 13 replies
Hi fellow warriors,
I am 15 years old (believe it or not). This is my first time here at the Warrior Forum. A friend of mine who referred me here suggest that I start off with affiliate marketing, the "Conduit Method" in particular.

I have a simple question. What would happen if I joined an affiliate program?
Most of them state that affiliates must be 18. What can I do?


Thanks in advance


Peter Nguyen
#main internet marketing discussion forum #affiliate #join #program
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  • Profile picture of the author lakshaybehl
    Well... good luck as you are starting early.... I started way back in 2005 when I was 16!

    And yes affiliate marketing is the way to go about it!

    Have a Clickbank account in the name of your elder brother or sister or father or mother or someone in your immediate family and you are good to go!

    They will get the checks, but its your moNey, right?>
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Nguyen
    Wow such a quick reply! I'm loving this forum already!

    Thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author lakshaybehl
      Originally Posted by Peter Nguyen View Post

      Wow such a quick reply! I'm loving this forum already!

      Thank you.
      Peter, this is just the beginning!
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      • Profile picture of the author Peter Nguyen
        I have 1 more question
        What does this mean?

        Taken from the
        FAQ ON Market Health Frequently Asked Questions

        "Why do I have to enter my Social Security or Tax ID # to sign up?
        You are required to enter a Federal Tax ID or Social Security Number upon registration. Market Health Partners Program will register a 1099 for all U.S. domestic entities or a 1042-s for all foreign entities to whom we issue combined yearly payments of $600.00 or more."


        EDIT: Also I'm from Australia, so I won't have a tax id or ssn what would this mean for me?

        Peter Nguyen
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        • Profile picture of the author Scott Burton
          Originally Posted by Peter Nguyen View Post

          I have 1 more question
          What does this mean?

          Taken from the
          FAQ ON Market Health Frequently Asked Questions

          "Why do I have to enter my Social Security or Tax ID # to sign up?
          You are required to enter a Federal Tax ID or Social Security Number upon registration. Market Health Partners Program will register a 1099 for all U.S. domestic entities or a 1042-s for all foreign entities to whom we issue combined yearly payments of $600.00 or more."


          EDIT: Also I'm from Australia, so I won't have a tax id or ssn what would this mean for me?

          Peter Nguyen

          I just went to their affiliate sign up page, and the SSN/Tax ID number is listed as:
          SSN or Tax ID (For US Affiliate Only)*

          So this means they only require an SSN or Tax ID Number for affiliates in the United States. Since you are not in the United States, you are not required to provide a Tax ID/SSN
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  • Profile picture of the author Solidsnake
    Banned
    If you really want, join and keep your earnings in your accounts and withdraw them when you are 18
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Nguyen
      So what's the "combined $600 yearly payment" about?
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      • Profile picture of the author John Motson
        If you earn more then $600 in total within a year, and you are in the US... that rule applies to you.
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        • Profile picture of the author keithngu
          You can change the name for "Check Payable" in clickbank easily. sign up using your family name, then change the name of "Check Payable" to your name.That will settle it. This will apply to others affiliate network or merchant that pay by check.

          In case they pay using paypal, sign up paypal using family member's name. Then, enter your own debit card into account. When do withdrawal, withdraw to your own debit card.

          Hope this helps.
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          • Profile picture of the author Peter Nguyen
            Ok, thx for all replies.

            Greatly appreciated. That's all for now.
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            • Profile picture of the author Sarah Harvey
              To be honest I would advise any young kid to start working or sell their own product at school festivals, school etc.

              Personally if the law saw any good in giving a child the power to earn money they would have.

              I would have to disagree with most people. You can be creative like some kids are and sell little things or use your parent's ebay account, but in the end if you make a lot of money, do not cry that you didn't know what the consequences are. Your parents will be liable for tax and a multitude of other things. I would hate to see this destroy a family if you do not know the law of your country.

              Have fun.
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              • Profile picture of the author Treece
                I've been helping my daughters in business since 2005. I would highly recommend you team up with an adult that can help you, preferably a parent or guardian. Many things on the internet and in business require that you are 18 - eBay, affiliate programs, web hosting...all of these are listed in terms of service.

                Granted many parents are not aware of internet marketing, but it's important that they know what you are doing online.

                My girls did start selling at school and around town - it's a great experience but still needs supervision.

                Best wishes and yes, it can be done!

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              • Profile picture of the author Kay King
                I agree with Sarah. There is a reason for some legal limitations - In the US, a minor cannot enter into a contract. Thus, you can't hold them to any promises they make or force them to provide services you paid for. If you read carefully there are some programs that allow minors to participate if they have permission on file from guardians (parents).

                When someone asks "how do I get around the rules" - they are saying "I don't want the rules to apply to me". It's not a good way to start a business. Those purchasing a product should be able to trust they are buying from someone of legal age if that is a requirement of the program.

                Using someone else's name on accounts means they are responsible for any taxes that must be paid on earnings - and might be liable for problems in the business if they allowed their name to be used.

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