ShareASale is one of the many affiliate marketing programs whereby you, as an independent contractor, can sell, and/or generate leads for a variety of merchants and earn commissions.
Variety is the Spice of Life
The great thing about programs like ShareASale is that they offer a wide variety of merchants and products so it is almost impossible not to find a merchant or product you can endorse. The last time I read their FAQ, they had 385 merchants to choose from. The trick to becoming successful working programs like ShareAsale is having adequate traffic.
Free to Join
It doesn’t cost to become an affiliate for ShareASale. Basically, all you need is a valid website and valid email address. Unlike some affiliate marketing programs, this one is available to individuals living outside of the United States. Check the website to ensure it is available in your country.
Put Your Writing Skills to Work
As far as promoting the products, each merchant provides several banners and advertising links. If the provided banners don’t suit your fancy, you can come up with creative links and banners, but be sure to double check to make sure that you are not violating the merchant’s terms of service (I’ve found my merchants to be pretty flexible).
Affiliate marketing is a numbers game. Some products generate a higher rate of return than others, however, you must have adequate traffic viewing and clicking the ads in order to earn substantial money. This is where niche marketing, keywords and persuasive copy come into play. Posting a bunch on links on a website is not enough to get your readers clicking, you’ve got to encourage (persuade) your readers by peaking an interest, to click on the ads.
Track Your Success
ShareASale has a live tracking system so that you can track your stats to see how many hits, paid clicks, sales and leads your ads are generating.
One Size Does Not Fit All
Learn the Ropes
Before you go out and sign up for every affiliate marketing program there is, try one or two and learn to market a few products. Once you get the hang of it, then repeat the processes for other products. I know from experience that spreading yourself too thin initially only leads to frustration.
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