Terms of service
Terms of Services
Our affiliates are very important to us. We do our best to treat you with the fairness and respect you deserve. We simply ask the same consideration from you. We have written the following affiliate agreement with you in mind, as well as to protect your company’s good name. Please bear with us as we take you through this legal formality.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know. We are strong believers in straightforward and honest communication. For the quickest results, please email us at [email protected]
Kicksta Affiliate Program Manager
Do not apply if your website promotes sexually explicit materials, violence, discrimination, and/or illegal activities.
We do not work with distributors of downloadable software, toolbars, browser helper objects, shopping assistance applications, etc.
You must comply with FTC’s Endorsement Guidelines.
Fraud will be policed and penalized.
Spamming is prohibited.
Paid search campaigns containing our trademarks are prohibited.
Cybersquatting and typosquatting are prohibited.
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE AGREEMENT.
YOU MAY PRINT THIS PAGE FOR YOUR RECORDS.
THIS IS A LEGAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND KICKSTA, INC. (DBA KICKSTA.IO)
BY SUBMITTING THE ONLINE APPLICATION, YOU ARE AGREEING THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDESTAND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT THAT YOU AGREE TO BE LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR EACH AND EVERY TERM AND CONDITION.
This Agreement contains the complete terms and conditions that apply to you becoming an affiliate in Kicksta’s Affiliate Program. The purpose of this Agreement is to allow HTML linking between your website and the Kicksta.io’s website. Please note that throughout this Agreement, “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to Kicksta.io, and “you,” “your,” and “yours” refer to the affiliate.
- Affiliate Obligations
- To begin the enrollment process, you will complete and submit the online application at the Tapfiliate website. The fact that we manually approve applications does not imply that we may not reevaluate your application at a later time. We may reject your application at our sole discretion. We may cancel your application if we determine that your site is unsuitable for our Program, including if it:
- Promotes sexually explicit materials.
- Promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
- Promotes illegal activities.
- Incorporates any materials which infringe or assist others to infringe on any copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights to violate the law.
- Includes “Merchant” or variations or misspellings thereof in its domain name.
- Is otherwise in any way unlawful, harmful, threatening, defamatory, obscene, harassing, or racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable to us in our sole discretion.
- Contains software downloads that potential enable diversions of commission from other affiliates in our program.
- You may not create or design your website or any other website that you operate, explicitly or implied in a manner that resembles our website nor design your website in a manner that leads customers to believe you are Kicksta.io or any other affiliated business.
2.2 As a member of Kicksta’s Affiliate Program, you will have access to an Affiliate Account Manager. Here you will be able to review our Program’s details and previously-published affiliate newsletters, download HTML code (that provides for links to web pages within the Kicksta.io website) and banner creatives, browse and get tracking codes for our coupons and deals. In order for us to accurately track of all gust visits from your site to ours, you must use the HTML code that we provide for each banner, text link, or other affiliate link we provide you with.
2.3 Kicksta.io reserves the right, at any time, to review your placement and approve the use of Your Links and require that you change the placement or use to comply with the guidelines provided to you.
2.4 The maintenance and the updating of your site will be your responsibility. We may monitor your site as we feel necessary to make sure that it is up-to-date and to notify you of any changes that we feel should enhance your performance.
2.5 It is entirely your responsibility to follow all applicable intellectual property and other laws that pertain to your site. You must have express permission to use any person’s copyrighted material, whether it be a warning, an image, or any other copyrightable work. We will not be responsible (and you will be solely responsible) if you use another person’s copyrighted material or other intellectual property in violation of the law or any third-party rights.
2.6 We strongly advise affiliates to stay compliant with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines on testimonials and endorsements. All endorsements, reviews, testimonials on Kicksta’s products and services, as well as relationships between other types of content websites (forums, blogs, microblogs, and other Social Media channels) and Kicksta.io must be clearly disclosed in a separate policy on the affiliate sites. FTC points out that “when there exists a connection between the endorser and the seller of the advertised product,” it is imperative that such a connection is “fully disclosed.” FTC deems the relationship in an endorser-sponsor light and believes that the end user has the right to understand that one exists. For example, “when an endorser who appears in a television commercial is neither represented in the advertisement as an expert nor is known to a significant portion of the viewing public, then the advertiser should clearly and conspicuously disclose either the payment or promise of compensation prior to and in exchange for the endorsement or the fact that the endorser knew or had reason to know or to believe that if the endorsement favored the advertised product some benefit, such as an appearance on television, would be extended to the endorser.” We share the underlying idea of this approach and strongly encourage our affiliates to adhere to the FTC’s rules. We also reserve the right to terminate our relationship with any noncompliant affiliates.
- Kicksta Rights and Obligations
- We have the right to monitor your site at any time to determine if you are following the terms and conditions of this Agreement. We may notify you of any changes to your site that we feel should be made or to make sure that your links to our website are appropriate and to notify you further of any changes that we feel should be made. If you do not make the changes to your site that we feel are necessary, we reserve the right to terminate your participation in the Kicksta Affiliate Program.
- Kicksta reserves the right to terminate this Agreement and your participation in the Kicksta Affiliate Program immediately and without notice to you should commit fraud in your use of the Kicksta Affiliate Program or should you abuse this program in any way. If such fraud or abuse is detected, Kicksta.io shall not be liable to you for any commissions for such fraudulent sales.
- This Agreement will begin upon our acceptance of your Affiliate application and will continue unless terminated hereunder.
Either you or we may end this Agreement AT ANY TIME, with or without cause, by giving the other party written notice. Written notice can be in the form of an email. In addition, this Agreement will terminate immediately upon any breach of this Agreement by you.
We may modify any of the Terms of Services in this Agreement at any time at our sole discretion. In such an event, you will be notified by email. Modifications may include, but are not limited to, changes in the payment procedures and Kicksta’s Affiliate Program rules. If any modification is unacceptable to you, your only option is to end this Agreement. Your continued participation in Kicksta’s Affiliate Program following the posting of the change notice or new Agreement on our site will indicate your agreement to the changes.
Kicksta uses a third party to handle all of the tracking and payment. The third party is the Tapfiliate affiliate network. Kindly review the network’s payment Terms and Conditions.
- Access to Affiliate Account Interface
You will create a password so that you may enter Tapfiliate’s secure affiliate account interface. From their site, you will be able to receive your reports that will describe our calculation of the commissions due to you.
- Promotion Restrictions
- You are free to promote your own websites, but naturally any promotion that mentions Kicksta could be perceived by the public of the press as a joint effort. You should know that certain forms of advertising are always prohibited by Kicksta.io. For example, advertising commonly referred to as “spamming” is unacceptable to us and could cause damage to our name. Other generally prohibited forms of advertising include the use of unsolicited commercial email (UCE), posting to non-commercial newsgroups, and cross-posting to multiple newsgroups at once. In addition, you may not advertise in any way that effectively conceals or misrepresents your identity, your domain name, or your return email address. You may use mailings to customers to promote Kicksta.io so long as the recipient is already a customer or subscriber to your services or website, and recipients have the option to remove themselves from future mailings. Also, you may post to newsgroups to promote Kicksta.io so long as the news group specifically welcomes commercial messages. At all times, you must clearly represent yourself and your websites as independent from Kicksta.io. If it comes to our attention that you are spamming, we will consider that cause for immediate termination of this Agreement and your participation in the Kicksta Affiliate Program. Any pending balances owed to you will not be paid if your account is terminated due to such unacceptable advertising or solicitation.
- Affiliates that exclusively bid their Pay-Per-Click campaigns on keywords such as kicksta, kicksta.com, kickstagram, kickstagram, www.kicksta.com, and/or any misspellings or similar alterations of these—be it separately or in combination with other keywords—and do not direct the traffic from such campaigns to their own website prior to redirecting it to ours, will be considered trademark violators and will be banned from Kicksta’s Affiliate Program. We will do everything possible to contact the affiliate prior to the ban. However, we reserve the right to expel any trademark violator from our affiliate program without prior notice and on the first occurrence of such PPC bidding behavior.
- Affiliates are not prohibited from keying in prospect’s information into the lead form as long as the prospect’s information is real and true and these are valid leads (i.e., sincerely interested in Kicksta’s service).
- Affiliate shall not transmit any so-called “interstitials,” “Parasiteware™,” “Parasitic Marketing,” “Shopping Assistance Application,” “Toolbar Installations and/or Add-ons,” “Shopping Wallets,” or “deceptive pop-ups and/or pop-unders” to consumers from the time the consumer clicks a qualifying link until such time as the consumer has fully exited Kicksta.io’s site (i.e., no page from our site or any Kicksta’s content or branding is visible on the end user’s screen). As used herein “Parasiteware™” and “Parasitic Marketing” shall mean all application that (a) through accidental or direct intent causes the overwriting of affiliate and non-affiliate commission tracking cookies through any other means than a customer-initiated click on a qualifying link on a web page or email; (b) intercepts searches to redirect traffic through an installed software, thereby causing pop ups, commission tracking cookies to be put in place, or other commission tracking cookies to be overwritten where a user would under normal circumstances have arrived at the same destination through the results given by the search (search engines being, but not limited to, Google, MSN, Yahoo, Overture, AltaVista, HotBot, and similar search or directory engines); (c) set commission tracking cookies through loading of Merchant site in Iframes, hidden links, and automatic pop ups that open Kicksta.io’s site; (d) targets text on website, other than those websites 100 percent owned by the application owner, for the purpose of contextual marketing; (e) removes, replaces or blocks the visibility of Affiliate banners with any other banners, other than those that are on websites 100 percent owned by the owner of the application.
- Affiliates that are found to be cybersquatting or typosquatting on trademark-related domains will be banned from the program with all their commissions reversed.
- Grant of Licenses
- We grant to you a nonexclusive, nontransferable, revocable right to (i) access our site through HTML links solely in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, and (ii) solely in connection with such links, to use our logos, trade names, trademarks, and similar identifying material (collectively, the “Licensed Materials”) that we provide to you or authorize for such purpose. You are only entitled to use the Licensed Materials to the extent that you are a member in good standing of Kicksta’s Affiliate Program. You agree that all uses of the Licensed Materials will be on behalf of Kicksta.io and the goodwill associated therewith will inure to the sole benefit of Kicksta.io.
- Each party agrees not to use the other’s proprietary materials in any manner that is disparaging, misleading, obscene, or otherwise portrays the party in a negative light. Each party reserves all of its respective rights in the proprietary materials covered by this license. Other than the license granted in this Agreement, each party retains all right, title, and interest to its respective rights and no right, title, or interest is transferred to the other.
KICKSTA.IO MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES REGARDING KICKSTA.IO SERVICE AND WEBSITE OR THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES PROVIDED THERIN, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF KICKSTA.IO ABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED AND EXCLUDED. IN ADDITION, WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATION THAT THE OPERATION OF OUR SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, AND WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF ANY INTERRUPTIONS OR ERRORS.
- Representations and Warranties
You present and warrant that:
11.1. This Agreement has been duly and validly executed and delivered by you and constitutes your legal, valid, and binding obligation, enforceable against you in accordance with its terms.
11.2. You have the full right, power, and authority to enter into and be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement and to perform your obligations under this Agreement, without the approval or consent of any other party.
11.3. You have sufficient right, title, and interest in and to the rights granted to us in this Agreement.
- Limitations of Liability
WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU WITH RESPECT TO ANY SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXMPLARY DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF REVENUE OR GOODWILL OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS OR LOST BUSINESS), EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. FURTHER, NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT, IN NO EVENT SHALL KICKSTA.IO’S CUMULATIVE LIABILITY TO YOU ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT, WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, TORT OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY, EXCEED THE TOTAL COMISSION FEES PAID TO YOU UNDER THIS AGREEMENT.
You hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless Kicksta.io and its subsidiaries and affiliates, and their directors, officers, employees, agents, shareholders, partners, members, and other owners, against any and all claims, actions, demands, liabilities, losses, damages, judgments, settlements, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) (any or all of the foregoing hereinafter referred to as “Losses”) insofar as such Losses (or actions in respect thereof) arise out of or are based on (i) any claim that our use of the affiliate trademarks infringes on any trademark, trade name, service mark, copyright, license, intellectual property, warranty or breach of a covenant and agreement made by you herein, or (iii) any claim related to your site, including, without limitation, content therein not attributable to us.
All confidential information, including, but not limited to, any business, technical, financial, and customer information, disclosed by one party to the other during negotiation or the effective term of this Agreement, which is marked “Confidential,” will remain the sole property of the disclosing party, and each party will keep in confidence and not sure or disclose such proprietary information of the other party without express written permission of the disclosing party.
- You agree that you are an independent contractor and nothing in this Agreement will create any partnership, joint venture, agency, franchise, sales representative, or employment relationship between you and Kicksta.io. You will have no authority to make or accept any offers or representations on our behalf. You will not make any statement, whether on Your Site or any other of Your Site or otherwise, that reasonably would contradict anything in this Section.
- Neither party may assign its rights or obligations under this Agreement to any party, except to a party who obtains all or substantially all of the business or assets of a third party.
- This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California without regard to the conflicts of laws and principles thereof.
- You may not amend or waive any provision of this Agreement unless in writing and signed by both parties.
- This Agreement represents the entire agreement between us and you and shall supersede all prior agreements and communications of the parties, oral or written.
- The headings and titles contained in this Agreement are included for convenience only and shall not limit or otherwise affect the terms of this Agreement.
- If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, that provision shall be eliminated or limited to the minimum extent necessary such that the intent of the parties is effectuated, and the remainder of this agreement shall have full force and effect.
For more information regarding the Federal Trade and Commission (FTC) guidelines and regulations click here: https://www.ftc.gov/