Shareasale Always Pays on Time
For those of you who are just getting into the affiliate marketing game, or those of you who are trying to broaden your base of income, I would like to recommend Shareasale. Shareasale is a third-party affiliate marketing company. What I mean by that is that Shareasale contracts with hundreds of companies to administer their affiliate marketing program.
Therefore, a publisher can join Shareasale, then pick and choose from the list of companies which ones they want to work with. This works both ways, as a company can accept or reject Shareasale applicants.
I have been working with Shareasale as a publisher since 2008. Throughout this entire tenure, they have always paid me on time. That in itself is a reason for recommending Shareasale.
How Does It Work?
Last year, I decided to contract as a vendor with Shareasale. My gallery, Lake Erie Artists Gallery, is now one of the choices on the list of companies that you can choose to work with, so I have a unique perspective in telling you how the site works.
A company is looking to broaden their base of sales, to find new customers, or sell in areas of the world that they do not have representatives or stores. Many of these companies are small businesses but not all of them. They contract with Shareasale to administer the affiliate program. There is a set up fee to work with Shareasale, and then a monthly fee if the minimum amount of sales are not met. For this amount of money, Shareasale takes on all the work of tracking sales, and paying affiliates. It is also possible to create additional ads to recruit affiliates.
The company can upload banners, datafeeds and link ads to Shareasale for affiliates to use. They can also write a newsletter to be distributed through Shareasale. The interface is fairly simple to us. If I can figure it out, so can most people. Each company decides how it pays out, and how the affiliate program is set up. This can be changed at any time.
Recommended Programs on Shareasale
Once you are a member of Shareasale, which is free to join, you can search for companies to work with. There are literally hundreds of choices, and it is best to stick to companies within your niche, but here are a few of my personal favorites:
- Tiny Prints–Tiny Prints is a website that makes cards, stationary and invitations. It has several subsites including Wedding Paper Divas, Shutterfly and Treats which give it a broad base of products. I use it mostly for wedding items, but you can do so much more.
- Calendars.com–Calendars.com is a calendar site and also has a Dog Breed site.
- Crazy for Bargains–This bargain site is great for anyone who has a coupon site or a big following who like to save money.
There are lots of other great programs on Shareasale that you can look through as you investigate the site.
Podcasts, Webinars, and Customer Service
One of the things that I like best about Shareasale as both a publisher and a vendor is the range of help and instructions. While some of the written instructions can be confusing if you have not used the site before, their customer service team is available to answer questions quickly, and they have very useful podcasts and webinars that you can attend on a regular basis to learn to use the site to best advantage.
Just like any other site there are buggy issues sometimes or quirks, and they will get back to you within a reasonable amount of time. Just as an example, I had trouble uploading a datafeed, and found out that I couldn’t use Firefox to do it. Then it worked perfectly. I have emailed, talked to them on the phone, and attended webinars. All were useful, and the people are very friendly.
What Type of Link Works Best?
I personally find that I like to use deep linking the best. Deep linking is creating a custom link that goes directly to a product on a website. Shareasale allows you to create a link directly on their site and it is very easy to do. Just find the correct vendor, go to the custom links section, and create the link. I tend to create picture and text links as a pair.
I just created this link for demonstration purposes, but this links directly to the invitation pictured here. When I can, I add the link to the picture as well. You can see where I have done that on this page.
Using Shareasale with EPD
You can now use Sharesale with the Easy Product Display tool. This makes using Shareasale vendors even easier and their links more effective. Here is the same link above with the EPD tool.
This article originally appeared on Zujava.com.