Becoming an Affiliate of smarterGerman

What is smarterGerman? 

smarterGerman is for serious German learners that don’t want to spend the rest of their life learning German. From 20 years of experience, we use the best methods to help you learn effectively.

We believe that if learning German is not a chore you’ll learn it faster. So we focus on that. smarterGerman is created by professional German tutor Michael Schmitz.

How it Works

The affiliate partnership works in a way that we pay a commission per sale of our courses.

When you’ve been approved as an affiliate, we’ll send you an email with your unique affiliate promotion link that you can use to track that the sales came from you along with a login to your dashboard so you can follow the stats.

The Deal 

We are able to pay 20% in commission per sale. So for example, if you sell an Everyday German course which normally costs $429 USD, you will earn 20% of the $429 which is $85.8 per sale. These amounts are all exclusive of VAT (VAT is determined by the country where the sale is made). 

Due to Teachable’s 30-day refund policy for courses, Teachable pays school owners in USD (along with their author and affiliates) on the first of every month (or the next business day if the 1st is on a weekend or a US holiday) by 10pm UTC (5pm US EST). 

So for example, if you make a sale in January, you would receive the earnings from Teachable on March 1st. Then, on April 1st, you’ll be paid for sales made in February, and so on.

Monthly payouts are paid out to the primary owner’s PayPal account.

Am I a good fit? 

We often work with parties who offer services related to relocation, working, or living in Germany and who as part of their services provide a link to us, or with parties who promote and or compare language schools. We don’t partner with coupon-sites.

If you are interested but unsure if it’s a good fit, feel free to email us at

Becoming an Affiliate

The process to become an affiliate is to email us as described below, and we’ll prepare a simple contract and media kit when you are approved.

We’d love to get to know you better. If you are interested in becoming an affiliate, please send an email to with the following points:

  1. Why would you like to promote our products? Are you a smarterGerman student yourself as well?
  2. How/where can you promote it? (e.g. share the URL if you have a Youtube channel, blog, etc.)
  3. How many courses do you expect to be able to sell?

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the same email.

Promoting smarterGerman

We can help provide basic branding materials but we generally don’t have any requirements in terms of specific wording you need to use when promoting smarterGerman. The best way to get an understanding of the way we promote the different courses is by looking at the website.

The key is for you to promote it in a way that connects well with your audience and students – you know them better than anyone.

Tracking Affiliate Stats

After approval, you’ll get your affiliate account and with that comes a dashboard that you can login to and follow your stats such as earnings and sales.

Promotion sample message

“smarterGerman helps serious German learners pass the German B1 exam or learn German to a level that is important to them. It is based on Michael’s 20 years of experience as a German teacher and focuses on learning German effectively so you can spend your life doing things you live instead of practicing German grammar tables.

One of the core philosophies of smarterGerman is that if you don’t experience learning German as a chore, you’ll learn it a lot faster, so that’s what we want to help you with.”

Story angles 


  • Product Review
  • Online German learning during COVID-19
  • Moving/living in Germany as an expat
  • Working with German companies or having a career in Germany, Austria or Switzerland