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Shareasale has been around for a long time now and there are definate positives to using their affiliate publishing system. One of the best features for new members and new webmasters that do not have traffic to their sites yet or even have a site they will still be approved to sign up with the company. There are very little restrictions to joining with this company and they have a good amount of merchants, there is currently about 3500 different companies listed in their directory that you can promote.

I give this an 8 out of 10 rating and I did that because the site has a lot of great features but it does not have the same amount of big league brands that it's competitor Commission Junction features.

Types of payment programs that are offered are PAY-PER-SALE which is the majority of their programs but there are also about 300 PAY-PER-LEAD programs available and a couple PAY-PER-CLICK programs.

Quick View of ShareASale

Established/Founded: 2000

Employees: 17

Status: Privately owned

Number of Publishers: Over 300,000 registered accounts (Activity ratio typically hovers around the 10 percent range)

Number of Merchants: More than 2,600

Types of Merchants: Retail niche merchants

Big Brand Merchants: CSN Stores, Checks Unlimited, Random House (all exclusive to ShareASale)

Exclusivity for Merchants: No

Additional Services (paid and non-paid):

  • Full-service affiliate program management
  • Creative design
  • Structuring and implementing recruiting and activation campaigns
  • Creating seasonal, promotional and dynamic ad banners
  • Developing affiliate tools (data feeds, search boxes, etc.)
  • Designing and distributing a monthly newsletter
  • Providing an interactive, branded online affiliate forum

Best Practices:

  • ShareASale is an adware-free retail performance marketing network. We do not allow affiliates to utilize any type of desktop software to serve
    affiliate links.
  • ShareASale recently implemented a “3-strikes” policy to help Merchants police PPC trademark and keyword violations.

Technology Available:

  • Real-time Transaction Reporting
  • Automated Datafeed Upload
  • FTP Availability for Datafeed download (affiliates)
  • Make A Widget (merchant)
  • Make A Video (merchant and affiliate)
  • Coupons and Deals Database
  • Gift Cards Database
  • Automated Rewards and Bonuses
  • Holiday Specific Recruitment

Commission Schedules:

Affiliates are paid on the 20th of each month, for the prior month of commissions earned. Limited exceptions to this occur for merchants who have extended transaction times (more common with larger ticket items or items frequently returned)

Matchmaking Tools:

  • Annual ShareASale Think Tank
  • Various networking events throughout the year
  • ShareASale Square (last four Meet Markets at Affiliate Summit)

Additional Resources ( or merchants and publishers):

  • Support forum on
  • Large knowledgebase of traditional help topics as well as helpful hints
  • Featured placement areas to gain more exposure within the network
  • Database of preferred and recommended OPM firms



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