Lets face it.
When you start an affiliate site, you want some quick return on your investment.
You want to join an affiliate program that pays you well and promptly.
Amazon vs shareasale: Which should you Join to See Higher Earnings
I informed you that since the amazon associates program cut their affiliate commission rates, I was going to look for alternatives. And well, I did look around.
I tried to sign up with Target, Walmart as well as shareasale. The former two however did not please me since their affiliate commission rates seemed to be no better than amazon for the products that I am promoting.
With shareasale though, I was able to find one merchant who snugly fits what I do, have better pricing for my readers and will offer me better commission rates. It is a win-win for all.
Now shareasale is a big affiliate marketing program with over 4000 merchants registered into the program. Unlike amazon, you will have to do double applications:
1. Apply to shareasale and get accepted
2. Apply to individual merchants and once approved, start promoting their products.
I should point out that this was rather hectic for me.
The merchant who snugly fits into what I do took so long to accept my application. I was also at first autorejected by shareasale. I however tweeted and emailed them with a detailed descripition of what I do and the promotion methods that I use. I also pointed out that I was previously on amazon associates program and therefore knows the ins and outs of affiliate marketing and SEO.
They accepted me.
The next headache was applying to the merchant. They were silent. I tried to inbox them on facebook. Crickets. Another email. Crickets. A tweet. Crickets. I almost gave up
Then luckily, someone in the company noticed my emails. They accepted me into the program.
I started adding their affiliate links into my site. I did not completely remove my amazon affiliate links. No, I just did a price comparison so that a customer would feel obliged to click to the merchant site as opposed to amazon since the merchant have better pricing.
How to Get Your Shareasale Application Accepted
From my autorejection at shareasale, I have gathered a few tips that you could use to make sure that you are accepted into the program
- Make sure to use your domain email eg email@example.com as opposed to using a generic hotmail, yahoo or gmail email address as a generic email address will get autorejected.
- Ensure to adequately describe what your site does and how you promote products either via SEO, Pinterest or Facebook marketing
- If they still autoreject you even after doing all that send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org from your domain email
Here is the structure of the email I sent them:
Email Subject: Application as an Affiliate Marketer
James here, founder of domain.com.
Domain.com is a site that reviews products in the ….niche where I advise readers on what to look for when buying….. I also write advising them on how to use….
I am writing applying for consideration into your affiliate program so that I can promote products for merchant A and B.
Currently I am using Amazon Associates program but wish to move since they have lowered commissions for affiliates. Your merchants are offering better commission rates as well as a better pricing point for my readers.
Currently, I am getting a traffic of about 3000 viewers per month.
I use search engine optimization to rank on Google, Bing and Yahoo. I also promote my content via Pinterest and Facebook.
I am ranking for keywords such as
This shows that the readers have a buying interest.
Attached, please find a report of the orders I have referred to Amazon over the past one year.
Please do consider my application positively.
I look forward to working with you.
Thanks in advance.
At the moment, I have not amassed that much in earnings from shareasale. I have only made $13 from 4 sales made through 38 clicks. It is still early days to make any conclusions on the conversion rates.
Maybe when I have over 1000 click throughs, then I can come back and analyze the conversion rates as well as what I have earned from the program.
The good thing is that I am getting a whooping 10% commission from shareasale as opposed to the measly 1% that I was making with amazon for the same products.
|24 hour cookie||30 days cookie|
|Easy to get in since you only need to sign up and start selling||Kinda tricky and hard since you need to apply to shareasale(could get rejected) before applying to merchants|
|Better conversion rates since amazon is trusted and renowned||Conversion rates for merchants sites might not be that good since most are not well known and therefore not trusted by readers|
|Payment after 60 days||Payments done after a month on the 20th|
|Account can get closed if you are unable to sell 3 products in 180 days||I have not heard of any account closure due to non activity|
|Payments via check and direct deposit||Payments via check and payoneer|