The Pond5 Referral Program

With the Pond5 Referral Program, you’ll earn a commission on every new buyer you introduce to Pond5, no matter what they buy! Put the entire Pond5 library to work for you and earn up to $500 for each new customer you refer.

Referring is easy!

Referring is easy!

You’ll find your unique link in the Referral tab of your Dashboard.

  • Share your storefront: Refer buyers to your portfolio. Earn your normal royalty share PLUS a referral commission!
  • Generate a custom link: Refer your network to any page on Pond5. You’ll earn a commission no matter what they buy—put millions of Pond5 assets to work for you!

The more visibly and often you share your link, the more opportunities you have to earn. Find ideas for where to share and downloadable assets in our Grow Your Business section.


You can also refer new contributing artists to Pond5!

When you refer a new artist to Pond5, you’ll receive a 5% commission on their sales for a full year!

How does the Referral Program work?

All artists earn even more when they refer new customers to Pond5. Put the entire Pond5 library to work for you.

It really pays to refer!


Referral Payments


  • Referral Payouts work in the same way as your normal Pond5 commissions. They are processed on the 15th of every month when you earn $25 or more. If you haven’t reached $25 just yet, we’ll roll your earnings into the following month.
  • You can set up an automatic payout on the 15th of every month within your Payout preferences.
  • All payouts are in US Dollars.
  • To ensure you receive your payouts on time, please make sure that your payout preferences are always current and up to date.
How do I keep track of my referrals?

How do I keep track of my referrals?

  • Log in to your Pond5 account
  • Click on your Dashboard
  • Click on the Financials tab

In the Your Linked Referrals section, you’ll see a list of your referrals with their registration date and commissions you’ve earned from their purchases. Remember, you’ll earn 20% of their first purchase, and 5% on any subsequent purchases for exactly one year after this date.

Helpful tips:

  • You can download a CSV to see a comprehensive list of individual transactions for your referrals.
  • To see a complete list of all users you have invited, click the Invitation History tab.
  • If you are opted in to our Referral Income Notifications list, we will send you an email to let you know when you have earned referral income.
  • Keep in mind, referral commissions will appear in your dashboard 48-hours after a purchase is made.


What do I need to know about taxes?

We do not withhold any tax from your earnings, so please make sure you adhere to the tax laws in your country of residence.

Under U.S. law, if you make $600 or more on Pond5 in a given year, you must submit a W-9 tax form.

What happens to my existing referrals?

If you have posted referral links in the past (prior to the launch of the new Referral Program in June 2021), they automatically apply for the new program. You don’t need to take any action!

Similarly, any prior existing referral connections have been automatically transferred to the new Referral Program and you will continue to earn commissions in accordance with the new program.


Where can I read the full referral program terms and conditions?

You can read the Referral Program Terms and Conditions here. If you have any questions, let us know at