I have been asked many times why I prefer ShareASale affiliate program. I think ShareASale affiliate program is one of the best options out there. Many bloggers rely only on Google Adsense or other ad networks to earn income from their blog. Except for Google Adsense, all ad networks pay the only penny to you and keep maximum share. That’s why I insist on using affiliate marketing to every blogger. Affiliate marketing pays you more commission. If you have not started affiliate marketing yet, read why you should start affiliate marketing today. I hope you are familiar with what is an affiliate marketing & how it works. I will not explain this as part of this article.
Now coming to the main point, why I prefer ShareASale affiliate Program. Other bloggers might have a different opinion about ShareASale affiliate program and they might be using other Affiliate programs. I will love to know your opinion too 😀
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Caution: This article is going to be very long article :p I am breaking this article into following topics and will try to brief everything about the ShareASale affiliate program that you should know.
- What is ShareASale Affiliate Program?
- Network Breakdown of ShareASale Affiliate Program
- How To Sign Up For ShareASale Affiliate Program?
- How to Find Merchants to Promote On your Blog?
- What Kind of Merchants Should You Promote On Your Blog?
- How to get Affiliate Links/Banners to Put on your Blog?
- How does a ShareASale affiliate link work?
- How To Promote Affiliate Products to Get Maximum Sales?
- Payment Threshold and Paying Methods of ShareASale Affiliate Program
- Why is ShareASale Affiliate Program Best?
1. What is ShareASale Affiliate Program?
ShareASale was founded by Brian Litleton 15 years back. Thus, it is not a new affiliate program. ShareASale works as an intermediate between Merchants and Affiliates. There are more than 2500+ merchants who offer a product or service and want to spread the word by paying bloggers to review and promote them through ShareASale. On the other hands, there are thousands of affiliate who are promoting merchants’ products and earning commissions through it. Affiliates write about and review products and get paid if their readers click on the links (affiliate link) and buy the product or service.
Here, affiliates send requests to Merchants to join their program. Though your ShareASale account provides all the details to merchants that they need to know, but there is also an option to write a personalized request Affiliates provide certain information e.g. Blog URL, Blog Niche, affiliate blog or other information why they want to promote their products. On the basis of this, merchants choose to approve or reject the affiliates’ request. In the later section, you will learn how to use ShareASale.
2. Network Breakdown of ShareASale Affiliate Program
ShareASale mainly provides two types of promotions. Only selling the products is not the way to get rewarded. Different affiliate programs can use different payment terms such as:
Pay per Lead: In this, the advertiser pays you (terms affiliate) based on the conversion of leads, such as a file or software download, completion of a sign-up form for a newsletter, trial offer sign-up, or other desired action. If a customer follows an affiliate link to the advertiser’s site and completes the required action in accordance with the affiliate agreement, the affiliate is paid.
Pay per Sale: In this, the advertiser pays the affiliate based on the conversion of sales. If a customer follows an affiliate link to the advertiser’s site and makes a purchase in accordance with the affiliate agreement, the affiliate is paid. Affiliates can earn a higher commission through pay-per-sale affiliate programs, however, these types of programs usually have the lowest conversion rate.
3. How To Sign Up For ShareASale Affiliate Program?
Signing up to ShareASale Affiliate Program is free and very easy. Just follow below steps –
- Go to ShareASale
- Choose if you want to join ShareASale as an Affiliate (to earn commission by promoting products) or Merchant (to sell/promote your products).
- Click on ‘Affiliate Sign Up’ to join as an affiliate and ‘Merchant Join Here’ to join as a Merchant.
- Complete the Sign Up Form.
- Wait for 1-2 days to get a confirmation mail from ShareASale.
4. How to Find Merchants to Promote On your Blog?
Once you have joined ShareASale affiliate program successfully, the next step is to find the merchants for your blog. Follow the below steps –
- Go to ShareASale page and log in.
- Hover your mouse over “Merchants” and click “Search for Merchants” as shown below:
- Enter the name of the merchant you are looking for, and click “Search”.
- Alternatively, you can use ‘Advance Search’ option (as shown below) or browse merchant through categories.
- Once you have found the merchant, click “Join Program”.
- Now, wait for the email notifying you of your approval.
- Once you got approval, you are good to go.
5. What Kind of Merchants Should You Promote On Your Blog?
Affiliate Marketing is all about choosing merchants (or products to be more specific) wisely. Choose the merchants or products that come under your niche. For instance, I am writing articles on Blogging or WordPress and I am an affiliate for Premium WordPress Themes and hosting companies. You can browse by category to see all merchants related to your topics or niche. When you find a company you recognize, you can see the general payout for a sale, plus read the details of the affiliate program. The name of the company is on the left. Underneath will be a link to JOIN PROGRAM. Since I have already joined the StudioPress by Copyblogger Media you will be seeing ‘ENROLLED IN PROGRAM’ rather than ‘JOIN PROGRAM’.
As you can see commission structure is 35%. I will be paid 35% commission if anyone buys any of StudioPress products from my affiliate link. The cookie is set for 60 days. Now, what does that mean? Let us say a user has clicked on StudioPress through your affiliate link, the user only sees all the premium themes available but does not buy any theme. Now the cookie is stored in user’s browser. If the same user again opens StudioPress (not necessarily from your affiliate link) and buy any theme, you will still be getting the commission. It will use the same cookie stored in your browser (for 60 days). But cookies are usually browser-specific, which means that you could click an affiliate link in the Internet Explorer browser, but it would not apply to a purchase made in the Chrome browser or FireFox browser.
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6. How to get Affiliate Links/Banners to Put on your Blog
- Go to ShareASale and login
- Hover your mouse over “Links” and click “Get a Link/Banner”.
- You will see a list of all Merchants you have joined. I am using ‘StudioPress By CopyBlogger Media’ for the demo.
- Click on ‘Get Links’.
- You will see the ‘Text Links’, ‘Banners’ or other options as mentioned below:
- Click “Get HTML Code”.
- You will get the code to copy on your blog.
- Similarly to get ‘Banners’ for your blog. You can switch to Banners tab and follow same.
- You can copy the code and insert into your blog. That is your affiliate banner. Alternatively, you can also copy only affiliate link and use with your custom text.
- Great! You have successfully added affiliate link 🙂
7. How does a ShareASale affiliate link work?
The affiliate link work as mentioned below:
- An Affiliate link is clicked.
- Browser visits ShareASale.com.
- ShareASale.com installs a tracking cookie on the web browser, associating any sales at the final destination with the affiliate identified in the affiliate link
- Browser redirects to the final destination, any sales that visitor makes at the affiliate site will result in a commission to you. So simple right 🙂
8. How To Promote Affiliate Products to Get Maximum Sales?
As mentioned earlier, choose merchant/products wisely. Promote only the products that you have used or for which you are confident about and which will help or benefit your users in some way. Your readers value your opinions and trust your content. You must convince people that the product or service is a solution to a problem. You can write a review article on your products where you can explain all the benefits of products to your readers. This will definitely help in maximizing your sales. If you’re reviewing actual products, and not just digital merchandise, it’s best to either buy it first or at least go to a store and review it. As you gain credibility with your writing, you’ll be able to make most out of it.
9. Payment Threshold and Paying Methods of ShareASale Affiliate Program
ShareASale makes payment via direct deposit or check. Default payment threshold is $50. Once you reach $50 you will be paid by your preferred payment method. You can check/update your payment setting by clicking Account –> Edit Settings.)
Payments are made on the 20th of every month for the previous month’s commissions. If you make $20 in one month and $30 in 2nd, you will receive $50 in the 3rd month.
Snapshot of ShareASale Payout:
10. Why is ShareASale Affiliate Program Best?
There are many great marketplaces like Commission Junction, Clickbank etc. that you can join. But here are different reasons why I recommend using ShareASale:
- ShareASale has a very user-friendly and easy to use interface.
- You can find almost any product under your niche. There are more than thousands of products available in ShareASale to promote.
- Pay Per Sale and Pay Per Lead both types of programs are available there. Few programs pay 2 Tier commission too.
- Share a Sale has a downtime and history report on the merchants. You can see how often the Merchant has gone offline
- ShareASale offers real-time reporting. You can see how your campaigns are performing in real time. Both unique and non-unique clicks and everything broken out by the merchant.
- You can find many Renowned Companies offering their services that you can promote.
- Payout threshold is very low (i.e. 50$) as compared to other affiliate programs. It is one of the best paying affiliate programs.
- ShareaSale doesn’t hold you to a contract. You can leave at any time and not have to deal with any penalty etc.
- Share a Sale offers easy to create, manage and modify widgets for your Affiliates so you can always make sure there are up to date products and best sellers showing where you want them to.
- They offer training for everyone. Merchants can go to webinars to learn about incentives for Affiliates, ways to motivate them, recruit them and to grow their programs. Affiliates can learn how to grow their own companies and use the tools they didn’t know existed to make more money.
There are many other reasons why I consider ShareASale Affiliate program as the best affiliate program. So far, I do not have any ShareASale complaints and my experience is very good. with Do share your comments on ShareASale affiliate program review.
So what are you waiting for? Join ShareASale today.
Share your feedback if you are using ShareASale affiliate program about your experience so far. Do comments in section below 🙂
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