As an income site builder, one business model you can implement for your site is affiliate marketing. In affiliate marketing, there are basically two types of programs. The first is affiliate marketplaces and the second are direct affiliate programs with merchants. Today, we will look at an affiliate marketplace and learn how to earn from ShareASale.
In the next 15 minutes, you will learn about ShareASale and follow through the application process to earn from this popular affiliate marketplace.
What Is ShareASale?
ShareASale started in 2000 and is an affiliate marketplace. As an affiliate marketplace, ShareASale acts as an intermediary between a merchant and website publishers (that includes you) known as affiliates.
They allow website publishers to more quickly find and take part in affiliate programs suitable for their audience.
A merchant benefits by reaching a larger audience with the help of affiliates taking part in the marketplace.
Today we will focus on the website publisher and how you can use your website to earn an income by promoting products for a commission.
ShareASale, as an affiliate marketplace or affiliate network, has a platform to integrate any merchant website to be part of their affiliate network and facilitates affiliate programs with unique links for the website publishers to promote and earning an income.
How To Earn From ShareASale?
The first step is to any affiliate marketing venture is to join an affiliate program. We will learn how ShareASale work and go through the application for the affiliate program in the next 2 sections.
In an affiliate marketplace, you are joining the marketplace first. Once you are a member, you can search the marketplace for relevant merchants with products you are interested to promote for your respective niche and apply to that merchant.
It is a two-step process. However, you can apply for as many relevant merchants as you like. The affiliate marketplace will merge all the payments from all the merchants you have transactions for the month and settle with you directly. This saves you the effort of having to deal with many individual merchants for payment.
Some merchants you may be interested in may not be a member of ShareASale. You can always join that merchant's affiliate program to add to your portfolio of products.
This ShareASale process you are going through would be fairly consistent for most affiliate marketplace.
How Does ShareASale Work?
Once you are signed up with an affiliate marketplace and approved for a merchant affiliate program, ShareASale works in the 4 steps based on the diagram above.
- The publisher or Affiliate links to the Merchant, using the uniques links provided, usually include your account or affiliate ID.
- Your audience or prospective customer click on the link and goes to the merchant website
- The customer purchases from the merchant website
- The Affiliate will be paid a percentage commission from the sale
This is an industry standard practice. Almost all other affiliate marketplaces follow the same business model, but the platforms and systems may differ. Therefore, the user interface, features, terms, and conditions may differ.
Once you understand the model and basic terminology, you can apply to other affiliate marketplaces.
Let's proceed to ShareASale and sign up for a free account.
ShareASale Affiliate Sign-up Process
STEP 1: Create Your Username and Password
STEP 2: To create an affiliate account on ShareASale, you need to have a website.
Regardless of your promotional plans, whether it is PPC, Google AdSense or any other, you need to have a website.
If you don’t have one at this moment, you can set up your first website in next 25 minutes.
When you join any merchant, they will view your primary website. If you enter any non-working website, chances are they will reject your application to join.
STEP 3: Enter the email address (Best to use email address with the website domain)
Step 4: Enter your contact details like name, address and describe your website.
Once you finish answering the questions, click on move to next step.
This is where you configure your payment setting or skip it for you. Don’t worry about Payment, as ShareASale offer payment via check, ACH, which you can configure later from your ShareASale account dashboard.
Once you complete the sign-up process, you will receive an email account with a confirmation link. Click to confirm your application.
It should take 1-2 days for approval of your application.
If you have questions regarding building income sites or Affiliate marketing, ask me in the comment section.
Once approved, you can login to the ShareASale platform to get started on your ShareASale journey. Watch the overview of the affiliate account homepage below.
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