Affiliate Starter Guide

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Getting Started

As a Backblaze Affiliate, you can earn 10% commission on referrals and renewals. Sign up only takes a few minutes. Join now and start earning!

To start, you should have received an email welcoming you to the program and giving you your Backblaze affiliate ID and affiliate links. These links are unique to you and all of your Backblaze affiliate activities. Please note that affiliate commissions are only earned on Backblaze Personal Backup and Backblaze Business Backup, and are not earned on Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage sales.

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Promoting Backblaze

Graphics and Banners: We've created a collection of ads for you to promote Backblaze. We also provide logos and graphics if you want to create your own ad. You can view the Promotional Resources page to download these files.

Content and Stories: From time to time, Backblaze distributes content to our affiliates which you can use as you see fit. You can also republish any content on the Backblaze website or the Backblaze Blog that you find useful.

Ways to Sell Backblaze

Here are several different ways you can sell Backblaze and earn affiliate commission credit for the sale. Each method shows how to properly link your affiliate ID to a Backblaze account so you receive credit. Once a Backblaze account is created for a trial or purchase, we cannot add an affiliate ID to that account after the fact, so it is critical that your audience uses your affiliate link prior to installing Backblaze!

Please note that affiliate sales are only earned on Backblaze Personal Backup and Backblaze Business Backup, and are not earned on Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage sales.

Affiliate Link

This is the most common way to refer a customer. You can use your affiliate link directly or as part of a click-through link or graphic. For example, if your affiliate ID is af9999, then your affiliate link is as follows:
When someone clicks on or types in your affiliate link, their browser is "cookied" with your affiliate ID for 30 days. If that person creates an account while cookied and purchases Backblaze, you receive commission credit. The cookie file name is: bz_billing_partner_id and its contents would be similar to:

Using Your Affiliate Links

You can place affiliate links in newsletters, on your website, on social media, or any other digital platform. Once reaching the payout threshold ($100 USD, see below), you will get paid for any new Backblaze accounts, as well as renewals created from one of your links, so long as the account is paid for and in good standing. The following are the top performing links:
Use this when talking about online/cloud backup in general.
Use this when discussing Windows/PC backup.
Use this when discussing Mac backup.
Use this when comparing backup services.

Please use your affiliate ID where it says “afID” in the link formats above.

Speed Up Your Commissions!

You can maximize your earnings by encouraging your clients to sign up for Extended Version History. By default, Backblaze saves old versions or deleted files for 30 days. With Extended Version History, your clients can extend that to 1 Year or Forever for an additional fee which will contribute to your commission.

Affiliate Link Redirect

There is a way to change the landing page for the user and still get affiliate credit. It only works for the Backblaze website. If affiliate af9999 wishes to "land" visitors on the Backblaze "How it Works" page, the affiliate link they would use is:

Gift Code

Backblaze sells gift codes on its website. You can direct your users to the gift webpage and receive commission credit for gift codes they purchase. Here's the example for affiliate ID af9999:
The gift code generated will be marked with your affiliate ID so you receive credit for the sale when the code is purchased. Note: This technique can be used for any secure (.htm) page on the Backblaze website, such as


We track and record landings, downloads, account creations, and sales associated with your affiliate ID. At the time of a payout, you will be provided with a summary report of your sales to date or you can request one by emailing us.

Payouts, Percentages, and Taxes…

Payout Level

Backblaze issues a payout when your total commission reaches or exceeds $100.

Referral Fees

Affiliates earn 10% commission on each new referral sale, and 10% on any renewal revenue from their referred customers.

Payout Method

We pay out by sending funds to your PayPal account.

Tax Forms

The first time you have a payout ready, you will be contacted regarding payout and tax information. If you live in the United States, you will be required to complete a W-9. If you live outside of the United States, you will be required to complete a W-8 and provide your mailing address. We will withhold payment until the requested information is provided.