Merchants and Domains

Data from the Wildfire Merchants API (located at where APPLICATION_ID is your application ID and VERSION is the version you of the API you wish to invoke) includes several useful pieces of data.  The primary information in the returned data is each eligible domain and the merchant that is associated with that domain.

Each eligible domain also includes a few "rates" that you can use internally or share with your end users.  Note that these rates have a few special properties:

  • Each rate may either be a percentage (i.e. Earn 5% on all purchases) or a flat amount (i.e. Earn $5.00 for starting a free trial).
  • Each rate has already been "split" so that the amount described is how much you, our partner, will receive when the commission is paid to us by the merchant.
  • If you're sharing this amount with an end user, you should make sure to apply whatever split you want to give to that user (assuming you are taking a portion of the commission for yourself).

We include up to three rates that you may find useful:

  • Default rate: This as the most common/likely commission to be earned.  Many merchants don't explicitly describe a default rate but we infer this rate from other common names and characteristics.  Many merchants only have a single rate, in which case, we describe this as the default rate.
  • Derived rate: This is an average commission amount based on all sales for that merchant across all our users and partners.  Not all merchants have a derived rate (as we have thousands of merchant partners and many have never completed a sale through our system).
  • Maximum rate: This is the highest payout for any product category that the merchant offers.  This can be useful to excite your users offering them an "Up to X%" call to action.  However, it should be noted that some merchants have niche product categories that are substantially higher than their default rate.  It's important to balance exciting your user with setting their expectations realistically for what they are likely to earn.

These rates are only the "top level" rates available for a merchant.  We also offer APIs to fetch ALL commission rates for a given merchant.  Many merchants only have a single commission rate, but some merchants have over 100 commission rates (this is common with web hosting merchants where they use a separate flat rate amount for every product that they offer).

Note: This data feed refreshes roughly every 6 hours.