OfflineTerms and Conditions :
Use of Links. If you qualify and agree to participate as an Affiliate, we will make a variety of graphic and textual links available to you (each referred to herein as a "Link" or collectively, as the "Links"). The Links will serve to identify your website as a member of the Affiliate Program and will establish a link from your website or e-mail to HostGator’s website. You agree to cooperate fully with us to establish, display, and maintain such Links. You further agree that your use of the Links must be in compliance with this Agreement at all times. HostGator may modify the Links from time to time in its sole discretion. You will not use graphic or textual images (indicating a Link) or text messages to promote HostGator that are not approved in advance by HostGator.
Prohibited Activities. Except as permitted herein, you shall not and are not authorized to (i) use HostGator’s trademark or other intellectual property, including without limitation, the Links (collectively, “HostGator’s IP”) without HostGator’s express prior written permission; (ii) use HostGator’s name (or any variation or misspelling thereof or other terms that are confusingly similar to any of the foregoing) in a domain name, any metatags, advertising, search terms, code, or otherwise; or (iii) act in any way that causes or could cause any confusion concerning the source of, or your association with HostGator’s Products and Services. Your use of HostGator’s IP in any manner, other than as expressly permitted hereunder shall constitute unlawful infringement of HostGator’s intellectual property rights, and may subject you to liability (including potential treble damages for knowing or willful infringement), and the obligation to pay HostGator’s legal fees and costs in connection with HostGator’s enforcement of its rights.
Paid Search Policy. You are required to comply with the following rules when bidding on keywords on any paid search engines or social media site, including without limitation, Google, Yahoo/Bing, Twitter and Facebook:
1. You are prohibited from bidding on any HostGator trademarks, or any variations and misspellings thereof without HostGator's prior written approval. Examples of prohibited keywords are "hostgator," "HostGator," "hostgator.com," "www.hostgator.com," "host gator," "hostgator reviews," "gator host," "hostgator hosting," and "hostgater."
2. You are prohibited from bidding on keywords containing HostGator trademarks plus an additional term such as [hostgator coupons], [hostgator promotions], and [hostgator promos]. Further, Affiliates are NOT permitted to broad or phrase match any of these keywords.
3. You are prohibited from outranking HostGator's internal paid search ad on any keywords.
4. You are prohibited from direct linking to HostGator.com from any paid search ads.
5. You are prohibited from using HostGator.com as a display URL.
All materials, including without limitation, ad copy, coupons, and promotions on your Affiliate Site must accurately represent active and valid promotions. For example, you may not display an ad on your Affiliate Site for a promotion that has expired. We continue to monitor all paid search landscapes. If you are determined to be in violation of this section your participation in the Affiliate Program may be terminated. For more information on match types, please visit Google's overview of match types
A. HostGator reserves the right to withhold payment of Commission Fees to Affiliates who are new to the Affiliate Program, or who have referrals that are potentially the result of fraud as determined by HostGator in its sole discretion, to determine the legitimacy and cancellation rates of Referred Customers.
HostGator reserves the right to suspend the payment of Commission Fees at any time and indefinitely, if it suspects fraud or other improper activity or a potential breach of any of the terms of this Agreement by the Affiliate or a Referred Customer. HostGator reserves the right to deduct from Affiliate's current and future Commission Fees any and all Commission Fees corresponding to any fraudulent, questionable, and cancelled purchases. If no subsequent Commission Fees are due and owing, HostGator may send Affiliate a bill for the balance of such refunded purchase upon termination of Affiliate’s participation in the Affiliate Program or termination of the Referred Customer.
C. HostGator reserves the right to immediately cancel or withhold for later review any Commission Fees that fail to meet the criteria of a “Qualified Purchase.” Affiliate is responsible for monitoring the payment, denial, and withholding of Commission Fees; HostGator is not obligated to actively notify Affiliates of the status of Commission Fees. If Affiliate has a question about a Commission Fee that has been cancelled or withheld, Affiliate has thirty (30) days from the day the payment would have been due to contact HostGator to request that the Commission Fee be paid. Any changes to decisions about cancelled or withheld Commission Fees are strictly made in HostGator’s sole discretion.
D. Commissions for any Referred Customer who is associated with any HostGator reseller, referral or other program may not be considered a Qualified Purchase. In other words, you may not receive double commissions or compensation.
E. In the event that the Referred Customers that are referred to HostGator by an Affiliate are determined to have an excessive cancellation rate, as determined by HostGator in its sole discretion, HostGator reserves the right to withhold or decline pending and future Commission Fees to such Affiliate.
Any attempt by an Affiliate to manipulate, falsify or inflate Referred Customers, Qualified Purchases, or Commission Fees to intentionally defraud HostGator or any violation of the terms of this Agreement constitutes immediate grounds for HostGator to terminate the Affiliate’s participation in the Affiliate Program and will result in the forfeiture of any Commission Fees due to the Affiliate.