I started sharing my templates with the community and doing my best to get them approved. Everything went smoothly, and the feedback from the templates team was great, helping us creators improve our templates. However, I believe that the affiliate program is unfair in supporting the creators.
We need something that can support us in creating templates faster, such as unlocking the paid features of N8N, like debugging and workflow history.
Additionally, you can use us in action to promote your paid features. For example, if you allow us to use something like global variables, we will start using them templates and toturials that rely on global variables or external secrets. When we share these useful templates that utilize these unlocked features, people will be compelled to purchase your license or cloud version in order to access these features.
This would be a win-win situation for N8N. It would provide creators with something special to speed up their work and motivate others who have kept their templates private to share their templates in exchange for access to unlocked features. At the same time, the sales of paid plans will improve since creators will be actively promoting the paid features in action within their templates, rather than just providing a link with a description.
Furthermore, we could have a hidden affiliate system where you count referred users based on template usage. For example, as a creator, all I need to do is come up with an idea, build a workflow for it, and share it with others on N8N. Any user who visits the template on n8n workflow templates and clicks on “use this workflow” would then be counted as a referred user after they subscribe or purchase a license.
This way, we wouldn’t need any third-party affiliate partners that charge fees or use domains that are often blocked by ad-blocking extensions, apps, and browsers.
For instance, N8N could offer one free license of N8N self-hosted, which unlocks features that help creators improve their work, after they have submitted at least a certain number of approved templates (let’s say 10). You could restrict the license to only work in non-production mode, automatically disabling the ability to activate the workflow. Alternatively, you could implement other measures to prevent creators from reselling this license and negatively impacting your market.