Launched: Earn money from new sign-ups with a new button

Previously, the easiest way for new makers to sign up for Coda was to copy a doc. But not every doc is made to be copied. Blog posts, portfolios, thought leadership—they’re all valuable content, and we want to give you credit when they bring in someone new.

The new “sign up for Coda” button makes it even simpler for the makers you attract to get started—and for you to reap the benefits after you register for the Coda affiliate program. You get $10 for each new sign-up and 20% of their first-year revenue, after all!

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Simply insert the button as you would any other, with the / command or Insert Panel. Then let your work speak for itself.


Hello @Crystal_Li ,

It seems that your description is empty :frowning:



Fixed! Thanks Thierryvm!

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Is it possible to retroactively get referrals from people we have previously enrolled?

Wow what an amazing feature, Crystal! :partying_face:

@Demetrius_Bolduc after you register to become an affiliate all your referrals are tracked, but we don’t retroactively credit referrals, unless they came in through the old referral program. You can read more about the distinction in this help center article.

Can we also get referral credit for inviting new people as editors/viewers/commenters to a document?

Hi Amit! Welcome to the community! If those new people sign up to coda through the doc you would earn credit, and if they upgrade to a paid coda plan you would get 20% of fir-year revenue in cash as long as you’re signed up for the affiliate program. More details in the “ways to earn” section in this help article: Does Coda offer an affiliate program? | Coda Help Center

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Hi @Crystal_Li
How do I know if I am getting credit for people I add to the Coda doc as a guest?

I have added at least 16 people through my links.

However, I don’t know where I can see the credits in my account. I have discussed this with @JeremyOlson too.

edited, due to feedback. the underlying issue is genuine. the documentation around the need to set your documents as discoverable in order to earn credits is NOT clear

  1. i do understand that you are upset and you are expressing this in the community. it highlights for others the importance of setting this option in order to earn credits. and makes very clear your dissapointment with the outcome.

  2. i do NOT approve of the innapropriate, unprofessional and unmannerly tone of your post. it contains unfounded accusations and personal insults directed at the hard-working and dedicated people working for Coda

  3. so i am flagging this post as failing to comply with the community guidelines and having a diliterious effect on the supportive, tollerant and polite espirit-de-corps of this forum.

  4. i encourage you to continue to contribute to the community, and, if needed, to express your dissatisfaction with Coda’s policies BUT please do so politely and without the unfair insults and disrespectful tone.

  5. i post this response publicly (rather than using a PM) to discourage this kind of tone and assert the high standards expected in this forum. (if others think i am over-reacting, they will say so in the replies).

with respect


Under-reaction, not overreaction.

His response was totally, totally unacceptable.

i’ll try again

In the meantime, yes, i’m sorry for the way i’ve said some of the things i said.

I still feel that censorship is the wrong way, but i’ll probably get it in time.

i’ll keep it partially brief, 'cause we’re here to be constructive about coda development, right?

Okey, i think that a doc should not be forcefully public in order to obtain coda credit for the user that decide to use it

I can think about a lot of cases in which this is not the expected behaviour, i’ll list them below

  1. the old referreal link didnt require this kind of public involvement
  2. if i create great doc, so good that make people create a coda account thank to what i’ve made, coda decided to give me 10$ credit, this is the concept i have of the referreal credit, or in case they use my doc coping it etc, in no place i’ve read that this doc have to be made public in order to get credit for it.
  3. In the documentation is not clear this passage (doc have to be public), i would say it’s not wrote anywhere, i would also say that the information wrote in the documentation and in this post says the contrary, “place the button and you’re good to go” or “that’s it! your hard work is making doc, not losing time in referring people!”
  4. docs that contain sensitives data (i’m pretty sure a big portion of them) off course WILL NOT be made public, this is a serious issue off course, if i would want to get referreal credit from those users i would have to make a public published doc that act as a middle man, and it just sound non efficient

Based on those reasons, and i’m sure others that others will encounter, i propose to correct the behaviour of the referreal “Sign up for coda” button, proposing that it should work, and so referring people, and so creating coda credit also if the doc is NOT published

Now, emotive part, because here we’re human, used to talk to machine if we’re here, but still human.
i am angry 'cause i’ve lost at least 400$ in coda credit, that is more or less 80% of the total credit i should have by now.

Would you be a little angry if someone take 400$ that they have promised to give you after a certain process that you followed like a good cristian? (hey! this is not a joke about christianity or religions! it’s a way of saying that we use in north italy, it mean something like “doing what you’re supposed to do”, i’ve grown in a catholic family and here is kinda everywhere, so i’m part of it, if someone get offended by this, please, consider how different are people worldwide)

I’ve “happily” changed the way i told users to sign up 3 times in the last year and half, at the price of creating confusion in users, always following coda support “best practices”, that once were the link, now is the button, etc etc

But still i have gotten 3/4 referreal out of 35

This makes me sad off course, 'cause i’ve been a good cristian (read upper note)

It makes me even more sad that after i explain the situation, i get a new way of doing things, that is not documented at all (from my extensive research), that does not present itself as a good solution but more as a strange buggy behaviour (this is my point of view on the topic, here to discuss it in case, but it seems to me that it is aligned with what was the concept of the sign up button described in the first post of this topic)

And, anyway, i’ve still lost money (for me coda credit rappresent real money, i do not get paid form my work on coda but i still have to pay monthly for my account, so this story is equiparable to not being paid, or to lost money)

I had trouble accepting that this is due to my fault, and off course seen the fact that this “features” is hardly documented (see upper precisation on this point) i would have liked a proposition to have my credit back, at least seen the fact that i could have “misinterpreted” the fact that a doc have to be public to get credit from it.

I think i’ve expressed my point respectfully

I do not feel treated in the same way (perception…ah those humans that are not so 0 or 1…) ← (this is a joke about the fact that we, as different biological machines, see and perceive the world differently) ← (biological machines is not intended to hurt nobody view of the world and life in his complexity, it’s just a definition that i liked in my biology courses to represent humans in their multiple and fascinating facets)

I also didnt want to offend anyone in particular, this was not at all the concept of my previous post.
Off course i was angry 'cause i’ve lost money after trying so hard to get them, but i was criticizing concepts, not people

(criticizing and freedom of speech i’ve heard somewhere someone called them “backbone of democracy”) ← (by no means this pose democratic societies as better than others with others way of doing things, that maybe we do not understand)

Life is already hard for all of us, my goal is not to make it harder to anyone.

But i get that i can be more constructive, and make it easier for people to cooperate to get a dream product at the end

I’ve joked about someone (no one in particular) “was being distracted” while thinking that feature (no, i didnt use those words, mine were more creative) BUT in total honesty this is how i colloquially say to someone i care about that something doesnt work, and i’m kinda sure many of us use similar weird figures of speech to express abstract concepts, with the final goal to make a laugh about the situation. I have now understood that this is NOT appreciated in any way here, and i will not use them here again.

I would also like to say that i’ve been here in this community for a long time, sharing jokes, trying to make problem and situation funnier, and to create a good and constructive environment, like many others, and i was wrongly expecting to be accepted, possibly my concept of acceptable is to be revised (cultural differences can be a part of it to)

With this said, i apologize to all the users that have felt offended by my previous post, i have now understood that i have to behave differently

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Hi everyone! Noah here, an engineer at Coda. I know has have been some frustration and confusion over changes we made when we rolled out our new Affiliate program.

First, I want to acknowledge that we hear your frustrations and never intend to make it more difficult for you to earn credit from sharing your work on Coda.

Luckily, I think this is largely a misunderstanding—when we rolled out our revenue share program, we made a number of changes to how the prior ‘referral credit’ program worked. Generally, the changes we made actually make it easier for you to earn credit from your docs—we are now more expansive with how we give out credit.

The main point of confusion I see from this thread is that the ‘Discoverable’ option for published docs must be turned on to earn credit. This is not true. You earn credit whenever someone signs up from your published doc, regardless of if it is discoverable.

Turning on ‘Discoverable’ will increase the chance that you earn referrals/revenue share from your doc. This happens because when you turn on discoverability, we highlight your published doc in the public gallery and make it indexable by search engines like Google.

Additionally, as the publishing modal implies, turning on the ‘Sign up modal’ will also increase the chance that you get referral credit. This happens because, with this option on, after some time reading your published doc, a user will be shown a blocking ‘sign up’ screen that they must complete before continuing to read or peruse your doc.

To be very clear, you can earn referral credit with or without discoverability turned on, and you can earn referral credit with or without the sign up modal turned on.

Let me give an example. If you have a doc that you publish, with ‘Discoverable’ turned off and ‘Sign up modal’ turned off, which then share with a large mailing list, each user who clicks ‘Copy doc’ or ‘Sign up’ from your published doc (either via a button you have added to your doc, or via the buttons which show in the top right or a published doc) will count as a referral! This means you will earn both credit for their signup, and potentially a portion of revenue if they start paying for Coda.

If you then turn on ‘Discoverable’, your doc will appear in the gallery, so additional users may find your doc and sign up, giving you referral credit.

Further still, if you then turn on ‘Sign up modal’ each user who views your doc will be shown a blocking sign up screen after clicking around your doc for some time, increasing the chance that they sign up from your doc. Note, this is particularly helpful when your doc is not meant to be copied (perhaps a long form article, for example).

Taking all of this together, it should now be easier than it was before to earn credit from your docs. However, we will give you the ‘Discoverable’ and ‘Sign up modal’ options to give you more control over the user experience when viewing your doc. Do you want everyone in the world to be able to easily find your doc? Do you want viewers to be interrupted while navigating around? These are choices we leave to you.

I hope this helps clarify things, and please let me know if you have any questions. For specific issues (those regarding your individual referral credits), please write into support, and we will handle it directly.


Hi @noah , thanks for the gentle and really complete answer (compared to my angry and frustated posts…i’m working on it, will improve…)

I didnt received the same answer from support and actually in my workspace credit i do not see additional credits…

My “flow” was

User open published doc by link (but not discoverable)
User press the button “Sign up for coda”

Support told me that the doc have to be discoverable (and maybe also with sign up modal on)

i will post updates here in future so other users can read it here


Hey Mario, that was my bad. It does not need to be discoverable. I was referring to the Earn/Sign up modal part needing to be turned on, but we process a lot of chats in a day so I may have confused the two. Hope this helps! I’d take anything Noah says regarding how our features work as the number one source of truth since he’s one of the masterminds behind them!


Hey renita, thanks for the clarification, but that option is turned off if the doc is set as not discoverable

So…i’m still a little confused…if i take noah post for “truth” i still do not see the referreal credit applied to my account…


Indeed if Noah’s informations are the source of truth about how the credit works, then Coda made it much easier for us to earn while doing magic.
I also understand your frustration @Mario , since it was indeed lacking documentation or at least clearer ones, like Noah’s. I particularly understand the non-intended-to-hurt-jokes (being Brazillian from an Italian family), but I came to learn by similar situations that we are the ones responsible for not leaving possible misunderstandings (and disrespectful interpretions) behind.
Nonetheless, if you followed rigorously Noah’s instructions, where is your credit? haha
Waiting on this, Coda

The last official documentation available says “make sure the Earn on this doc option is enabled”

But I can’t find this option, regardless if the doc is published, discoverable, or prompting for sign up.

Worst than that, the real catch:

Published doc, not discoverable, it’s impossible to turn on sign up modal, and, even more deceiving (against what Noah explained), the tooltip says completely the contrary to what Noah just said (if I’m reading right). Maybe it’s just the wording, but we sure do have conflicting understadings between Noah’s tranquilizing message and how the Publish modal is behaving entirelly (and Mario’s lacking credits)…

Heeeelp please @noah

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Max - Thank you for your leadership on this issue of maintaining a constructive and supportive community environment. No Code is a brave new world and we are all doing our level best to make sure that No Code, Coda, and Coda builders all prosper both intellectually and financially. The good news is that whatever the problem is … my experience is that this Coda community will find the solution.


Hi Mario … apology accepted! It seems like some good has come out of this as we will all get more clarification about the affiliate program.


well done on clarifying your post and sorry i did not detect the intended humour.

this is an interesting and useful discussion