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ShareAsale Description

ShareAsale, Inc. is an affiliate network that offers commissions on both Cost Per Sale (CPS) and Cost Per Action (CPA) transactions. The company was founded in 2000 and is used heavily by many affiliate marketers from a variety of backgrounds and niches. At the time of this writing, the company offers in excess of 2,500+ programs for affiliate marketers to choose from.

ShareAsale Detailed Overview

It seems like every time you turn around, there is a new affiliate marketing network on the scene. Unfortunately, many of these “hot” new affiliate networks are little more than a couple of guys sitting in their basement. This is not the case with ShareAsale, however, which has been a mainstay for affiliate marketers since its establishment in 2000. If you are an affiliate marketer who is not currently signed up with ShareAsale, then this brief review of the company may be of interest to you.

What is ShareAsale, and what are the benefits of joining?

As stated above, ShareAsale is an affiliate network which offers a wide variety of programs to promote that would be a fit for nearly any niche. To get started with ShareAsale, you simply apply to the network and then if you are accepted, begin to search around for programs which best fit your website content.

Unlike many other fly-by-night affiliate networks, ShareAsale offers many benefits to its affiliate partners. These include things like:

  • Real-Time Tracking. If you have ever promoted an affiliate offer that does not have real-time tracking, then you will greatly appreciate this feature from ShareAsale. This is especially useful if you are going to be doing any pay per click marketing since every click costs you money.
  • Exceptional Merchant Quality Control. Many lesser affiliate networks will take just about any advertiser they can get. This is not the case with ShareAsale. Their vetting process ensures that you will be sending your traffic to a merchant that will pay the commissions you are owed.
  • Timely Payments. Have you ever held your breath waiting for a big check from an affiliate network? You won't have to worry about that with ShareAsale since they have an exceptional reputation for on time payments.
  • The Ability to "Deep Link". If you are a very good affiliate marketer, it is likely that your webpage has done an exceptional job of "pre-selling" a customer. In many cases, the last thing you want to do is send people to a merchant's homepage which is usually filled with distractions. With ShareAsale, you have the ability to send your prospects directly to a registration or purchase page on a merchant's website. Bypassing the homepage for these kinds of pages is what is known as "deep linking".
  • Brand-Name Merchants. It is difficult enough to gain your visitors trust as an affiliate marketer. They don't know anything about you or your website, but when you compound this problem with promoting unknown merchants, it can only make matters worse. ShareAsale deals with household names and by promoting these, you gain instant credibility in your prospect’s eyes.

In summary, if you are an affiliate marketer who has not yet joined ShareAsale you may want to consider it based upon the information we have provided above. Remember that there are many factors that go into becoming a successful affiliate, but one of the most important is the network that you are partnered with from the beginning.

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ShareAsale Reputation

ShareAsale is a well-known and well-respected affiliate marketing company that has been in business since 2000. Today, ShareAsale offers over 2,500+ programs or its affiliates to choose from, and its offerings are heavily promoted by super affiliates from many different niches. The company offers both Cost Per Sale (CPS) and Cost Per Action (CPA) affiliate programs.

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Not good for all merchants

Ok I haven't made any money there, just paid out $650 plus. Only get all coupon sites to apply with no sales and when you do a search of my website's name a hundred coupon sites pull up making my site and product seem just cheap. After I put in writing not to use my site's name on search bids. I feel it is a scam and making money off of the fee to sign-up. Then they promised me a credit when I first signed up and after many emails and calls I still haven't received it. Will close account and I do not recommend unless you want to try the coupon sites that wont make you anything unless you are a big store like target maybe but I still doubt it.
 
 


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avatar   by tenmelove on November 17, 2013 at 9:07 AM CST

 
 
 
Delay in Check Payment

My first ever check was due on 20/10/2010. Generally checks posted from USA takes 7-10 days to arrive in India.

But I received the check almost 8 weeks late. Then the check was returned by my local Bank as payee name didn't match. They had typed my personal name as well as my Company name. I edited my account to make check payable only on my personal name. I informed them the whole matter, and the check had become void (after 90 days). They transferred the amount to payment due.

The next check was due on February 20,2011. Once again as before I have not yet received my check as of today.

They give the lame excuse that they have posted the check on 20/2/2011, and asks me promptly if they should cancel the check and charge me $35 as fees, as if they are very keen to delay and fine.

I am on the net for the last 8 years, and have received hundreds of checks mainly from USA.

Checks do arrive within a week or so. Then why this delay of arrival only for ShareASale check?
 
 


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avatar   by goldenTwine on March 13, 2011 at 9:02 PM CST

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ShareASale - Good Application Process & Offer Info

I'm a member of several CPA Networks and found a company I have used for several websites, and I really wanted to offer their service as an affiliate. That's what led me to ShareAsale. This company uses ShareAsale for their affiliate business and so I filled out the application, which had steps to qualify you as a candidate; such as making sure you have your own website hosted on a domain name you own as well as a valid matching email for that domain. With some automated checking, the process was quite streamlined and I was approved quickly.

I found the information on the various offers they carry to be more upfront and easy to find than some other CPA networks. For example, they have a "Power 100" list that ranks some of the top performing offers based on some combination of EPC, conversion and volume; not all CPA networks make this information readily available.
 
 


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avatar   by okcomputer on January 2, 2011 at 8:36 PM CST

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Shareasale is Super for Newbies

Shareasale is another company that accepted me without a phone call or harassment about my abilities. Several products are auto-accept. I am currently marketing a survey site for college students to earn money for tuition. If you're looking for pay-per-lead programs that are easy to get accepted to I'd recommend Shareasale. They also have pay-per-sale, and pay-per-click. Like most other companies they have coupons and product specials. The site is rather busy, but user friendly! Thanks.
 
 


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avatar   by ncdf001 on November 22, 2010 at 3:47 PM CST

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Very good affiliate site

I have been using shareasale for a little over a year and I am very pleased with the results. The layout is kind of difficult at first, but once you get familiar with the site, it can be very good to make money. I like how there are some well known companies to choose from (Vendio.com, Skinit.com to name a few). I also like how you can get paid per click and/or per lead. Overall, I recommend this site to anyone who wants to make money online, but it does take some time and effort, but it will payoff.
 
 


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avatar   by jj0215 on August 16, 2010 at 7:59 PM CST

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Better than most

I've been with shareasale for quite a while now, they are an honest and trustworthy network compared to many others out there.

Pros:

*Always pay on time.

*Require merchants to keep a positive balance. Prevents them from 'bailing' on their obligations.

*Less tolerance for adware, spyware affiliates than most networks.

Cons:

*High percentage of 'rinky-dink', hard to convert merchants.

*High percentage of merchants with no brand-name recognition.
 
 


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avatar   by squidly on August 9, 2010 at 5:02 PM CST

 
 
 
A very PCA program

I've joined this program for 2 months, and I've made $350 for the first month and $100 (not bad). I have to say, the program has a lot of affiliate programs that you can join, and approved pretty fast (with website/blog). I joined this program to be an affiliate with Ellusionist(magic accessories company), and I've made a lot of money through this website plus SAS. I recommend you guys to choose this program, because you will have a lot of chances to earn money.
 
 


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avatar   by bionicle619 on June 10, 2010 at 9:19 AM CST

 
 
 
Lots of choice but hard to navigate

I was approved for Shareasale very quickly. You need your own website but even if you don't own the domain it is simple to get approved. I used one of my Squidoo lenses to register and simply had to post a security code on the page to get validated.

There are lots of companies and products to choose from on the site which will be suitable for many types of niches. However, so far I have found the site to be very hard to navigate. The searches are unclear, buttons poorly marked and it is not at all user friendly.

I hope I will be able to work it out better in time and I have found some good products to add to my site, but it is very time consuming. Companies did get back to me quickly but I agree with another comment that it is frustrating having to apply to each individually.

Overall this is a good site but with a few improvements it could be great!
 
 


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avatar   by magickat on February 6, 2010 at 12:10 PM CST

 
 
 
Worth your time, trust me

This is a great website for anyone who has their own website and looking for an extra money coming in, however there are several things you need to have done before you apply for account.

First and foremost you must have a quality website with your own domain name. Make sure your website is filled with the content as they will not approve your website if you are still building it and filling it with the content, and it's very hard to reapply once you have been denied.

Second you will have to make a choice between the ads you want to run. They have a lot of pay per lead campaigns, however it's hard to get people to sign up if you do not have content filled website.

Pay per click campaigns are great too, but you can only apply for them if you have non-incentive website. If you own a pay per click site or anything like that, forget it because even if you get approved, they can track where clicks came from and you will lose all your earnings and will not be able to signup for a new account.

Pay per view campaigns are working pretty well and if you have a lot of traffic you will make a pretty good penny using them.

Over all I would grade this website as excellent as I have made as much as $1200 a month using several different campaigns from Share-a-sale and it's all legal!

Just remember that if you make more than $600 with share-a-sale you will get a separate tax form and will have to include your earnings in your tax return.
 
 


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avatar 2,000 Credits - Top Contributor   by johnconnor on January 19, 2010 at 8:31 PM CST

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It was definitely worth joining the CPA

ShareAsale was one of the first CPA programs I joined. It was back then when I was just starting to work on the subject and was not having much experience. The site seemed good and I thought that I will be able to earn something out of it. After joining the network I submitted my site right away and the thing that I found a bit hard to believe was that my blog was actually approved very fast compared to other CPA sites. I like the fact that a lot of products are paying on a per lead basis. I have to say that the choice was really comprehensive and there was a wide variety of products from which to choose. I was able to start earning from the leads just after about two or three weeks. To date I have made over 500$ from those. The process of making money through ShareAsale wasn't of the easiest since I had to put a lot more content into my blog to make it more appealing. A great deal of advertising also must have been done. As an affiliate I have tried quite some CPA networks and in my opinion this one is of the best. Another great thing about the site is that the payments are always on time. This is definitely a network I am highly recommending for affiliates. A great product overall.
 
 


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avatar 3,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Expert   by tedi223 on January 15, 2010 at 8:17 PM CST

 
 
 
No thanks, not for me

ShareAsale, well, it is what it is. You could compare this to Pepperjam as a similar type of network. They both require individual application to each advertiser on their network. Both have many, many offers to choose from, but both you have to go through this annoying process.

In my experience with affiliate programs and cpa, yes you can find a few good merchants on ShareAsale, but honestly I have had much better success converting offers elsewhere. Also, not every merchant really responds to emails right away and one time I waited over a week before a merchant got back to me. So, it's just my experience but I haven't bothered even logging in to my account for over 6 months so that tells you how high I regard them, or not. Use other networks of this type to really get better conversions, in my opinion.
 
 


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avatar   by alexanderpayton on January 14, 2010 at 9:00 PM CST

 
 
 
This is a really good company

ShareaSale has got to be one of the best cpa companies around. After

submitting my site, I got accepted pretty fast. I've been making most of my money from leads, and the payments have been pretty consistent. They have a lot of different merchants to market, and most are fairly good companies. I really love the real time tracking, and they don't seem to shave commissions like a lot of companies. I invested some money in media buys and have pretty good conversions with a lot of their offers. If your new to cpa, this is a great company to start with. They also have great customer support if you have any problems.
 
 


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avatar 2,000 Credits - Top Contributor   by queen1979 on January 14, 2010 at 10:48 AM CST

 
 
 
Awesome Affiliate network to earn money

I have been working with their network for 4 months and I have totally earned more than $1300 which is pretty good. Their offers convert very well and can be easily earned in a few hours work a day. They are very honest because they always paid me on time and I am totally amazed to see their offers because they have thousands of offers which are pretty good. I am very happy to work in their CPA network and I have a very good relationship with my affiliate manager who suggests to me new offers and updates in their site everyday in email. So far I have no problem with them. If anybody wanted to earn some extra money then anyone can join their network and earn money in free time promoting their offers.
 
 


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avatar 3,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Expert   by niloyak on January 13, 2010 at 9:57 PM CST

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Good Companies that Pay

I joined ShareASale about two years ago and find it to be a very good affiliate network. They work with name brand companies and have an easy to navigate site. Some things I like about ShareASale is when you click to get links for your website, you can get a list of product links with your affiliate link. Each affiliate has many different styles and sizes of banners to choose from. Sign up is easy and they have small payouts so it’s easy to gain enough to be able to cash out.

It’s easy to view your website stats and track clicks. They also will let you know when certain companies are running low on funds, which is good to know. Every time I had a problem, they were quick to help resolve the problem.

I have a feeling they will be around for a very long time, and they are continuing to add more companies. It’s free to sign up as well.
 
 


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avatar 3,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Expert   by clicking on December 18, 2009 at 12:05 PM CST

 
 
 
Not For Beginners

I joined ShareAsale a few months ago when I first decided to get into CPA. I submitted my blog and was accepted almost immediately. I love their product selection and they offer a great deal of products that pay on a per lead basis. This is good because I don't just have to depend on sales. I have since made $367 from leads alone. I did have to do a lot of advertising and add more content to my blog that appealed to my readers. I have found this to be the easiest CPA network that I have been affiliated with. Their support is great and they always pay on time. I have never missed one payment in 3 months and I think that says a lot about the integrity of this company. They have their affiliates interest in mind. I wouldn't recommend this if you are a beginner because establishing a customer base takes some time, but overall this is a great network.
 
 


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avatar 5,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Master   by briward on November 30, 2009 at 8:39 AM CST

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This site is awesome

Several months ago I was referred to this site through a friend of mine. I have had great success with it and am making a decent amount of income from my commissions. I like that there are so many different merchants to chose from and I can pick from there. I also like that the site is user friendly and easy to navigate. I am always trying to find ways to promote a different merchant from here. I would have to say this is one of the easiest ways to make money. Another thing I really like is their tool that allows real-time tracking. I always know what is going on and that is a great feeling. I am very happy with this site and I think others will be too.
 
 


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avatar 10,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Guru   by kyleskorner on October 10, 2009 at 6:36 PM CST

 
 
 
Not for people who are not good at advertising

I found ShareAsale when I was looking for a beauty product that I wanted to be affiliated with and to market with my ezine article. However, unlike Clickbank, ShareAsale requires a site that you associate with your account. But submitting one isn't difficult, as they accepted my blog even if it was fairly new and not much content because it focuses only on one topic.

Unfortunately, I haven't made a sale yet because obviously the product I chose does not have a high demand and I am still establishing readers for my blog even if my ezine article gets top spot on google.

Regardless, I can say that ShareAsale staff are easy to deal with and they act fast.
 
 


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avatar 3,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Expert   by mousepad on September 10, 2009 at 7:16 PM CST

 
 
 
Not a great selection

I did not like this site. There are not enough quality merchants to work with. I could only find two that were relevant to my niche, which is making money online so I think many here will find the same. I discontinued my membership because it would take me forever to cash out with only those programs. The only positive thing I can really say is that the merchants that I did find were friendly and accepted my site very quickly.
 
 


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avatar 3,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Expert   by moneymaker1008 on August 17, 2009 at 1:06 PM CST

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Not Impressed

Overall I have not been very impressed with this site. It seems near impossible for the average blogger to make much money with this site for one and also even when we do make money, we don't get enough of the share for the work we do. Overall dissatisfied with the site but hopefully changes will occur with this one to make it better.
 
 


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avatar   by pkmaster109 on August 15, 2009 at 12:01 AM CST

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A nice money maker

I joined up to shareasale a good few months back now. I think it's really easy to use, and it was certainly easy to sign up to.

They are always adding to the affiliate merchants, and increasing the possibility of making money from referrals, and I've found that I can make quite a bit of money from it.

This site gets better and better and their customer service is really quite good. Highly recommended.
 
 


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avatar 10,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Guru   by lawrencio on August 9, 2009 at 3:26 PM CST

 
 
 
Worth Signing Up With...

I joined ShareASale a few years back when I first hit the IM scene and then kind of forgot about it for a while. Now I am back to using them. I can safely say that they have improved a lot over that time.

They have some really useful features, such as pre-made videos and even a "make your own video" tool. However, I am really not that keen on the interface/design of the site. It takes a little bit of time to work out everything that is available to you and where to find it.

Overall though, they are definitely worth signing up with, as they have some good converting offers and are excellent to deal with.
 
 


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avatar   by ayne468 on July 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM CST

 
 
 
Shareasale has thousands of merchants

I have been paid by them on time every time, and they have such a huge inventory of merchants. I don't see how anyone could pass them up as an affiliate marketer.
 
 


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avatar   by revolution60 on July 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM CST

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Some things are cool.. Maybe it's me

I do like their no software policy; I hate getting that extra toolbar when I don't want it. And I really like the real time stats. I like seeing when people click the link to go the to product, however, I just have a hard time getting people to actually buy anything. I have made a little off this, but not as much as I had hoped. I have not received a payment yet, but I have heard that they are very quick on the payouts.
 
 


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avatar 2,000 Credits - Top Contributor   by happyness3 on July 24, 2009 at 4:27 PM CST

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"Just OK" is appropriate

I had heard people tout this directory as one of the best, but I'm rather unimpressed. While they have some notable merchants, the site isn't set up very well. It's not as easy to navigate as some of the other networks.

I have found some rather nice merchants that are exclusive to Shareasale though. This isn't my top choice, but it has it's moments.
 
 


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avatar 5,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Master   by Mikeoyama on July 23, 2009 at 11:31 PM CST

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Exceptional friendliness

Most of the advertisers and the network on the whole are very easy to work with. The advertisers also offer to change their procedures and terms with good reason and by advertiser. Most of the advertisers on this are the "small guys" in their respective industries, and that I believe is the reason why they are so much more user friendly.
 
 


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avatar 3,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Expert   by kissbarbados on July 21, 2009 at 12:14 AM CST

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Another alright affiliate program

This is another affiliate program website I am signed up with. This is, in my P. O. V. , just like Commission Junction and LinkShare. It just happens to go by another name. The way I see it is, if the website or blog a users has is not something a web users wants to visit, all the affiliate programs on that blog will not matter. I know, I have tried a lot of affiliates on my blog and have yet to earn any extra money. Even when I promote the affiliates.
 
 


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avatar   by momoftwingirls on July 14, 2009 at 1:00 AM CST

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Pleasure to work with

This is a great company. I have always been paid on time with no problems. Lots of different products to promote. Worth the effort to use them.
 
 


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avatar   by msfreeze on July 6, 2009 at 5:46 PM CST

 
 
 
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