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Can Bloggers Make Money through ShareASale?


Ah, the mystery world of affiliate sales… for a blogger who has never partnered with an affiliate network, it can be a scary path. At my first introduction into the world of affiliate networks, I was too confused by all the new terms to properly understand it. Now, I like to think I’m affiliate-savvy, especially when it comes to ShareASale.

You can make A LOT of money on ShareASale… many bloggers do! Don’t stay behind… check out the many ways you can make $$$ on SAS!

1) Bonus posts

Bonus posts come from merchants who want their affiliates to publish about a specific product, sale, and so on on your blog. In exchange, they will pay you a bonus regardless of whether you make a sale or not. Payments for bonus posts vary from $5-25 and posts are sent to you by email. Most of the time, they are easy copy/paste pre-written text with images. All you have to do is copy the text into a new post, publish and let them know – then you get paid!

Check out this list of merchants who send bonus posts and make some easy money!

2) Affiliate commissions

As an affiliate, whenever you post a link to a merchant’s product or site in your blog, a cookie will be placed in your reader’s computer if they click on the link. If your reader makes a purchase through the merchant’s website, you earn a commission! Commissions can range from 1% to over 100%… it all depends on what the merchant is offering. Cookies can also stay in the computer for a long time, so depending on the merchant’s guidelines, even if the product is purchased say, a week later, you could still get a commission.

3) Ads

Much like bonus posts, SAS merchants will also pay you from time to time to place their ad or banner on your site. The payment is covered even if you don’t make any sales or get any clicks. These offers are usually available when you become their new affiliate or if they want to advertise a new product, sale, offer or during holiday season. The list mentioned in #1 (direct link here) also includes merchants who cover payment for ads.

4) 2-Tier commission

2-tier commissions work one of two ways: you either make a set commission of X amount if you find another blogger to join the merchant’s affiliate program OR you make a percentage of any sale that this new blogger makes. Some merchants offer only one of these, others offer both.

So for example, let’s say that we recommend a SAS merchant to a blogger friend. The blogger applies and gets approved. Then we earn a commission of say $5 for the approved blogger + 10% of any future sale they make!

5) Leads

Some merchants will pay you for leads, that is to say, potential clients who don’t purchase anything just yet, but could for example, sign up to their newsletter. Leads vary depending on the merchant and payments could be anything form $0.25 to $10 or more. Leads could be paid for things like your readers signing up to newsletters, joining the merchant’s site as a new member, downloading their free e-books, and so on. It usually doesn’t involve any payment by part of your readers but you still get paid for every sign-up!


ShareASale is open to international bloggers as well. Payments can be made to many countries by cheque or to your bank account. If your country is not listed, you can get payments through Payoneer. Take a look at this article for a detailed step-by-step on how to link your Payoneer account to ShareASale.

Do you use ShareASale? Tell us about your experiences below!


*Disclosure: Some links are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, we may get a small commission if you make a purchase. We appreciate your support in this way! 

About Ronnie E.

Ronnie is the frugal Latina of the group. Hailing from the beautiful Andes Mountains in Bolivia, she lives and breathes frugality. She loves to figure out how to spend less money and takes on the challenge of finding great deals and cheaper options every day.

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  • yarnbarf

    The page linked in item #1 doesn’t say anything about merchants that pay for ads.

    • All the merchants listed there send bonus posts and ads from time to time. 🙂 These are the ones that I know for sure have sent out paid ads since I joined them: CustomInk, GroopDealz, Lulus, Zazzle, Mabel’s Labels. However, I recommend joining all the merchants in the list as you never know when they will send out new offers for bonus posts and ads, and now that holiday season is coming, they have been sending a lot!

  • Nicole @ Mendez Manor

    this is interesting. I had never even heard of Shareasale. Thanks for the info! 🙂

    • Tread carefully! Once you start seeing the money coming in, it becomes obsessive!

  • Amy Desrosiers

    I use SAS too and love them! They are one of the easiest ways to make money!

  • I use amazon affiliate sales for many years. Making a little money every month from it.

  • I use shareasale however I have only been able to cash out once in three months. I am going to check out the reference you listed in tip number one though to see if I can change that.

    • We made $50 this week from the bonus posts! And we received more posts to publish today. Definitely worth you looking at that list and applying, especially now that it’s holiday season – we are getting bonus posts every day.

  • MelissaSayWhat

    ShareASale has huge potential for me. I just need to remember to check my emails from them. Thanks for the list of merchants.

    • MelissaSayWhat

      I’m going through the list now! I can’t wait to get started!

  • I’ve but on Shareasale for a while now, and have posted linked in some posts but haven’t made a single dime. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Does the cookie only work if they purchase the exact product you linked to, or can they purchase anything at the store like with Amazon’s program?

    • Hi Karen! You should get a commission regardless of what is purchased by your readers after they clicked on your merchants’ links. The cookie is placed in your readers’ computers upon clicking on the link, and at that point, anything that they purchase (even a week or at times 30 days after) is still eligible for a commission for you. If they click on someone else’s link during that time though, the commission will go to that new cookie.

      Getting commissions from purchases is really difficult… you need to have a high readership and you need to make very attractive posts that get readers to actively click on links and make purchases.

      I’ve personally made a lot more money through the bonus posts and ads (I think it’s about $550 thus far in the past 4.5 months, all from bonus posts and ads). Check out the link I added in #1, they have a list of merchants that offer bonus posts and ads. Sign up to those and you’ll start seeing money in ShareASale, especially now during holiday season. They are sending lots of bonus posts and ads.

  • malia p

    Yes, you can! I need to work with it more though. I don’t make much through share-a-sale, but I know it’s possible.

    • Join the merchants that send bonus posts and ads and you will make a lot more money. 🙂 Especially now… they send so many bonus posts during holiday season. (Link is #1 above) Good luck!

  • I have not tried Share-a-Sale before but I have heard good things about them. Thanks for sharing!