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.
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!
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.
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