If you are an affiliate marketer or a vendor, it is recommendable to become a member of one or more affiliate networks. This is for the basic reason to have access to many businesses and/or affiliates in one place without having to create so many accounts, remember passwords and to also have all your earnings gathered into one location. Cool! You can check out my ShareASale Network Review below.
In the following ShareASale Network Review I will share information on how accessible the platform is and why you must join.
Who is ShareASale?
A leader in the marketing network for the past 20 years (founded in the year 2000), ShareASale is one of the most reliable and favourite network companies. The company is based in Chicago USA and serves as a platform for both merchants (primarily retail based) and affiliates, bringing the two together through the affiliate network platform. In 2017 ShareASale was bought over by Awin group (another network) however Sharesale & Awin operate on a separate platform.
The Simple Process in the Affiliate Marketing Chain
Affiliate Marketing Chain = Merchant to Network (intermediary) to Affiliate Marketer (YOU) to Customer
How does the affiliate marketing chain works?
The Merchant/ Advertiser that manufactures or sells the product provides links and images/banners to hyperlink to your content related to the product/niche in your blog or your social media.
The Network platform – in this case ShareASale – connects the Merchant to the affiliate marketer (which is YOU if you are a blogger), and handles all the payment process between merchant and affiliate marketer.
You, as Affiliate Marketer/Publisher will select the companies and merchants from the list available in ShareASale and grab the links to promote within your content. You do not need to purchase the products. You are only linking to the product in the merchant’s website. At times, there is also the possibility that you make money simply by sending a customer to their website without making a sale.
The customer will find your blog, purchase the product and that is when you make the commission. The product is not costing anything extra to the customer.
How do YOU Join ShareASale & How does it Work?
Signing up with ShareASale is free of charge for an affiliate marketer. If you are a merchant there is a membership fee.
It is a simple method to enrol and setup an affiliate account, as simple as filling in an online form in 5-steps; by choosing an username and password, adding your personal details and of your business, giving your website and contact information and selecting the payment method.
Tip: If you own the domain it is better to join with your email domain name instead of gmail or yahoo. It gives more credibility and you will be automatically approved as opposed to manual approval.
What Happens after you Sign Up to ShareASale?
Once you receive the confirmation email and you have login access you can proceed to ShareASale platform and start searching for merchants who have products related to your niche.
You can preview merchants before signing up.
You have various categories to choose from;
You can browse the categories and the merchants available to select the one more appropriate for you.
Tip: Check the company’s power ranking for the top 100 power rank as classified by ShareASale valuation system.
Two other important factors to look for are the commission % you can earn per sale and the Day Cookie which determines the duration of days during which you can still get a commission if the customer makes a purchase.
Once you have selected your company/affiliate program you proceed to join that chosen program.
Some companies/merchants will give you automatic access as soon as you ask to join their program within the ShareASale platform, whilst others take a few days to a week to come back to you with a confirmation email, after you have requested to join via the ShareASale platform.
Once you get their confirmation (usually by email), then you can access all the links and banners to their products and/or services offered directly on ShareASale.
The Basic and Mostly Used Links Within ShareASale
Once you are approved by the merchant, with the method described earlier, then you will have access to the links and banners which you can start promoting in your web.
The Process is Simple;
- Select the merchant
- Select the product
- Get HTML Code (if you only want the URL select the wording within the brackets)
- Select the word or phrase within your content and hyperlink with the code obtained from the link.
- Select the merchant
- Select the product
- Click on banners
- Select size and format of banner
- Click on the banner to get the HTML or URL code to insert in hyperlink.
If you wish to experiment there is also the possibility to create a Custom link with any page from the merchant´s website. Just grab the URL and paste it in the custom link generator provided within ShareASale Platform.
Alternatively you can create Make-A-Page with various products from the same merchant or from different merchants. This will display as a nice showcase of several selected products on your website.
Advantages to Join ShareASale Network
1. Good platform, fast, efficient, accurate and user-friendly.
2. A wide variety of Merchants available in 40 different niche categories.
3. More than 3900+ merchants/affiliate programs to choose from.
4. ShareASale are known to partner with legit merchants.
5. As an Affiliate You are alerted on the ShareASale front page if one of your Merchant is running low funds.
6. ShareASale have nil legal complaints.
7. On time payments (minimum threshold of your commission payment is USD50).
8. A responsive support.
9. Payment methods by cheque or direct deposit.
10. Add more than one website.
11. You can easily access traffic, activity, progress and sales reports within the platform. Other reports with invalid links etc. are also made available.
12. You can submit a ticket to get assistance if the need arises. A record of all communication is kept on your account. You can also drop ShareASale an email.
13. ShareASale provide training tutorials and they have an updated blog with helpful articles.
I encourage you to view SharASale Publisher Introductory Tutorial
Disadvantages to Join ShareASale Network
1. There is no PayPal payment option, since many prefer this method of payment.
2. You may not be informed if a merchant is not active anymore or has been suspended for some time and unless you log into the ShareASale platform you will not find out. This may cause some of your links to break without you knowing.
Note: This has never happened to me so far. To the contrary, the affiliate programs I work with within the ShareASale Platform, they communicate their onetime special offers directly to me by email, besides listing them in the ShareASale platform.
However on the front page when you log in to your ShareASale account you have an Alerts Section on the right-hand column that specifies any of the following and you will be able to take action accordingly;
- Offline merchants
- Closed merchants
- Invalid links
On the other hand, You do receive any updates on commissions and marketing newsletters.
3. Some claim they have been kicked-out of their platform. If you follow their rules, since they are a serious company and have set their own standards, this will not happen to YOU.
In a Nutshell
ShareAsale is regarded as one of the well-established networks in the market. ShareASale network acts as a connecting agent between the merchant and the affiliate marketer, making it easy to search for, join, grab links and banners and receive payments all in one platform.
It may take a short while to get used to all the options available within the platform but once you are confident it will surely save you time. The platform is easy to figure out, even for beginners.
I personally use ShareASale and I’m happy with their platform and the service provided.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask in the comments below.
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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. For more information please see my disclosure here