ShareASale Review – Is it a Scam or Legit?
If you are familiar with affiliate marketing, you probably know Amazon. Other than this giant brand, what other affiliate marketing programs are available in the market? Have you heard about ShareASale? It is a legit program. In fact, it has gained its popularity over time. Want to know more? Read my ShareASale Review.
Overall Rank: 60 out of 100
Who it’s for: Intermediate – Expert
Introduction to ShareASale!
ShareASale is based in Chicago and it was founded in 2000. Similarly to the rest of the affiliate marketing programs, it serves both the affiliate and merchant. People like us (bloggers) user their websites to promote and advertise products and earn commissions when someone clicks or buys under your referrals.
Advertisers use ShareASale’s platform to upload their banners and referral links for the bloggers or website owners to place them on the websites. Whenever readers or internet users click on the banner or buy the product from the banner, then you will be earning some commission.
ShareASale provides affiliates with hypertext markup language (HTML) referral links and banner for the products that you want to advertise on your websites. It is fairly easy to copy and paste these HTMLs on widgets on your site just like Amazon affiliate program.
Why Being a ShareASale Affiliate Makes Sense!
(+) ShareASale allows the affiliates to produce their attractive video that is able to be embedded into affiliate’s website. So far, I think only ShareASale has done a good job in trying to stand out from the competitors.
(+) It has an useful utility that allows affiliates to identify promotional offers and commissions. For the products that you want to promote on your website, you can simply download the production information in Excel (CSV) format and the document contains the tracking URLs.
(+) ShareASale has done a good job in easing the pain for affiliates to sort the products in different categories. It has several choices to earn your commission, it has pay-per-sale, pay-per-click and pay-per-lead options. Navigation through the product categories and commission types can be easy and fun.
(+) It is relatively easier to register with ShareASale.
(+) It has a referral program that allows users to get referrals and earn referral commission.
(+) It has a relatively large amount of Merchants. At the time of writing, there are over 2,000 merchants on ShareASale. That simply means there are lot options for affiliates to chose the products that they want to promote.
(+) ShareASale pays their affiliates on time without delays. In some others’ opinion, it is better than Commission Junction due to higher commission rate.
There must be some negative sides of ShareASale
(-) I think the start up fee (to join the merchandiser program) is slightly too high in ShareASale, $550 is not a small amount. Although it is a one time fee but I think it is acceptable for companies who want to advertise their products.
(-) Although ShareASale has great interface and functionalities, it is not optimized for newbies. It is rather difficult to choose the right product to promote on the websites.
(-) A lot of people find it difficult to understand the reports. Some affiliates have left good comments on their generated reports. I think it is just personal preference. Personally, I do not like their reports.
(-) Too many steps involved. To get started, one has to check in for the merchandiser program via company’s websites. Then, one has to submit his or her application and wait for the reply from ShareASale. The reply normally comes with a welcome package.
I think ShareASale is worth trying if you are experienced bloggers and already have steady traffic to your websites. If you are a newbie in this territory, I would suggest you to trying something else. There are some other affiliate marketing networks available and you can read my review here.
As mentioned in my previous post, it is not advisable to bombard all affiliate links on your websites. You might think the more you promote the products, the higher chances you will earn more money. This is not the case when it comes to online marketing. Doing that will kill the ranking of your site. You can find out more from my SEO Strategies.
Most importantly, write effectively and do proper keyword research. I have learned mine from Wealthy Affiliate (#1 Recommendation) and I recommend you to do the same. Learn the proper way to blog, promote and sustain your online business.
I hope you enjoy reading this review on ShareASale.