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There are over 3,000 merchants plugged in to the ShareASale Network giving you a vast amount of retailers and individual products to promote. Each of these merchants has a different type of product that they are selling – and each is ready to commission you on that sale if you bring a customer to them. The large range means there should be good products and companies to promote in your niche, whether you are a blogger, use facebook, twitter or email newsletters.

Stats in real timeThe idea – and the implementation – are simple. You decide which merchants to promote and how to promote them, and when commissions are generated, you can see your statistics in real-time. All payments are consolidated from the programs you participate in, and are paid with one check or direct deposit.

ShareASale has a strict “No Software” policy which means you will not have to deal with affiliates utilizing Adware, Toolbars, or other desktop software.

The company is based in Chicago, USA, on their about us page they say:

Our technology receives accolades for speed, efficiency, and accuracy – and our reputation as a fair and honest business is well known within the industry.

We are based in the UK and have experienced no problems with the service over the years we have used it. Receiving payments via Paypal has always worked fine with no delays in receiving money owed.

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41 Affiliate Reviews of “ShareASale”

ShareASale reviewed by SwimmingPoolSlides in December 2016

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@Karl Clayton: Karl,
Two points:
Did you ever invite affiliates that you considered to be desirable via email?

Is it possible that your website is just not converting ? or that your product is not something that the market is interested in?

Bottom line, are you getting a decent volume of sales from your advertising, promotion & social media engagement?

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ShareASale reviewed by Sam in December 2016

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@Karl Clayton: Agree 100%. Shareasale are a con and they also steal commissions.

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ShareASale reviewed by Karl Clayton in December 2016

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After 5 months of paying out $650 and not one sale. All I got was coupon sites from China, India and US garbage sites.

Be warned that they will try to scam you out of more money with a clever $2000 affiliate tool. The idea is this. Shareasale offers you a free affiliate tool worth $2000 for free if you sign an agreement that you will only use them for your affiliate program. If you do anything with affiliates anywhere else there is a penalty of $24,000.00. Crazy. This means that they hold you in their scheme for 12 months at a cost of an aditional $220 for nothing. So to get no sales and have the privilege of being a Shareasale merchant they charge you $870.

What a scam.

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ShareASale reviewed by Neva Howell in August 2016

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Update: Since February 2016 when I posted my review of shareasale, I have made zero. I have since removed almost all shareasale links. I keep the Amoils link because the company did away with their in-house program so shareasale is the only option. Otherwise, I’d drop all shareasale links as soon as I could find replacements.

Despite Brian Littleton emailing me that he saw nothing out of the way on my account, I know the hits I used to get and while the money was never big, it came in little checks. Nothing now and I’m convinced either merchants or affiliate scum programs are stealing sales.

It’s too bad because shareasale used to be my favorite despite making more money with almost every in-house program I promoted.

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ShareASale reviewed by Kelly Clover in August 2016

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Some time ago I had most of the ShareaSale links replaced because I suspected I had been cheated but lacked hard evidence to prove it. There are quite a few dishonest affiliates who are gaming the system so they get commissions that belong to other affiliates. Sadly many cheaters don’t get caught until they have already stolen millions of dollars. There are also some greedy merchants who are cheating as well.
I suggested some time ago to Bryan Littleton that there be an independent audit of all ShareaSale affiliate and merchant accounts. This is the only way to catch the cheaters. He was unwilling to do it.
Not very many affiliates on ShareaSale seem to be making any money.
I am 100% sure that ALL the affiliate networks have quite a few cheaters who are ripping off honest hardworking bloggers and affiliates. Sadly the internet is very poorly policed and far too many cheaters are never caught until they have already stolen millions of dollars. I believe that ShareaSale’s platform is one of the easiest for the cheaters to game. But they do it on the others as well.
I believe that honest hard working bloggers and affiliates are getting cheated on virtually ALL the affiliate networks. And in the case of individual merchants who offer direct affiliate programs without using a network, you will find cheaters there as well.

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ShareASale reviewed by Neva Howell in February 2016

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I joined shareasale so long ago I can’t remember. At first, I loved that it was parasite free. However, over the years almost all affiliate programs have failed me so I just stopped using them. I had one merchant in shareasale who had products I really liked (natural ADD treatment, etc.) so I added their banners about six months ago. I made two sales within the first week and was very excited. Then, it was just as if someone turned my account off (can merchants do that if any affiliate is making too much money? If so, that’s so wrong). I removed that merchant and was undecided if I’d continue after that.

This year, I got tired of just seeing google adsense ads on my site so I went back to shareasale and started promoting again. The only reason I choose them over CJ or Linkshare is the parasite-free policy. I find all three interfaces cumbersome but the tracking capacity in the others is far better than SAS.

I wouldn’t say I’m blown away after coming back to SAS but willing to give it a few months. No sales yet with tons of very carefully adding specific niche-market ads over the past week. I am putting a lot of research into the right links on the right pages and hoping it will pay off.

I also wrote to ask that my payment be switched from check to paypal. That was about a week ago. I did hear back from someone at SAS asking for my info, but it has not been changed.

I was reading earlier reviews and it seems like SAS used to be praised to the heavens. What happened? The newer reviews don’t tend to be so positive. They might need to be paying attention to this.

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ShareASale reviewed by Susan in December 2015

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I just joined ShareASale and earned $34 so far. You have to work and post daily if you’re using social media. For social media automation, I currently use HootSuite I load up my post for the week and I’m done with social media. By doing so, I can focus on the blogs and setting up lead pages. Blogging is for reviews and promoting the product. Be honest and write an article by inserting native links; use images, gifs, and videos. Do not do gaudy or spammy blogs. Ensure you’re providing information in exchange for the link. Keep plugging away. You either get your money from ShareASale Affiliate program or increased traffic to your website that gets you leads. Either way, you’re working toward a goal.

Good Luck to everyone and keep working at it. It eventually pays off!

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ShareASale reviewed by Marko in November 2015

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Stay aware. In 4 years I have made 38$ with 10 of them different banners affiliate placed everywhere in my forums.
It look that they fake the sales.
One time I try to ask some news about it ant them tell me that if I was not happy I could go away.
Great!
The site look made by a child, 15 years ago.
Really bad service.
I’m trying now CJ, but they have less affiliates, so I’m testing.

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ShareASale reviewed by Saphire in November 2015

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It has been 2 weeks since I joined SAS, it is a nice affiliate site I think.

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ShareASale reviewed by Sam Hayman in July 2014

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Shareasale have voided hundreds of dollars in sales from 1 URL on my site and lied about it when i contacted them.

They told me to maker a few changes to the wording on one specific page which i did and then cleared it as o.k but still kept over $600 in commissions.

Generally i’ve found most U.S affiliate managers and merchants steal from non U.S affiliates.

They are very reluctant to steal from U.S affiliates.

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ShareASale reviewed by Mario Stevenson in June 2014

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Hello,

RE: Shareasale

“Member” means affiliate.

I used Shareasale before and after executive sales training. There are a number of differences that marketers first need to understand. Affiliate programs house merchants that know nothing about marketing hence the failures of most merchants. In comparison to what you’ll find as merchants, one can ponder the absence of big name merchants like Walmart, JC Penny or Sears versus what’s present in networks like Shareasale.

In exec. sales you know when an offer will fail upon face and for that appearing as “good” merchant offerings will rely on performance. Merchant offers within Shareasale aren’t seeking sales, as marketers seek performance drivers converting into sales. Merchants in Shareasale seek only website hits and not sales!

Members should seek sales training to understand what it is they’re seeing. When members do the work posting links or filling up rotators, they’re actually building earnings for the merchant mostly through Adwords or another. If a prospect does follow through the link, the merchant still accrued earnings through PPC / CPA or high volume CPM, but the member (affiliate) will earn nothing unless a lead has converted.

Third there is no such thing as “affiliate marketing!” It’s either sales or marketing; there’s a difference. In most cases, affiliate marketing isn’t marketing, but actually sales. Marketing is the act in building “buzz” through advertisements. Sales is the conversion therefrom. Know the difference!

Out all the merchant offers in Shareasale, there were only a little more than 100 that fit the profile of a marketing plan and only three (3) out that 100 were performance suited. Shareasale wasn’t equipped to track CPA, therefore no possible way to determine if a sale was confirmed (for real.) All of Shareasale sales tracking depends on merchant reporting which means if the merchant feels like sharing sales information with the member, then will the member have proper sales information. Even then the information shared wouldn’t be live and for those members whom must report sales data knows inaccurate reports are not tolerated by investors, state members, federal members, contractors etc.

Most of the fiscal sales reporting would be poor and irrelevant by the time it’s filed with Shareasale and then back to the member. In fact, according to policy, the average time span for receiving reports would be one (1) quarter (too) late! Be very careful and understand what’s being seen.

Accurate and timely sales reporting permit members to buy and sale on future reporting trends because the check is in the mail. Well, when merchants have no exec. sales training, don’t expect to be paid and then neither on time! This is the difference between big name merchants and those within a sales network.

Advice: Either perform as a sales professional or market contracts; there’s no in-between.

Thank you.

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ShareASale reviewed by Steve Cee in April 2013

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This needs to be changed-

“Within our network, a specific message is not sent when an affiliate is removed from a merchant program”

Affiliates should be immediately if removed from a merchants program…
especially if the action is without cause !

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ShareASale reviewed by Marc in November 2012

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@Dave G.: You are probably one of the scammers who drove me out of Share A Sale. I used to be a merchant with them. But they are full of fraudulent affiliates and scammers who have utter disregard for merchant policies and generate fake sales by advertising with keywords such as coupon codes… I am glad ShareASale closed your account. I wish they would be more strict in policing and closing down scammers like you.

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ShareASale reviewed by Alvin Leow in October 2012

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Nice CPA, I just started , earning $3.85 . To me is a good start. I use Twitter to promote. Some CPA does not allow social media, but some shareashare merchant allowed.

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ShareASale reviewed by Marcia in August 2012

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Jason is absolutely incredible to work with. He is by far the best affiliate manager ever. He is what sets ShareASale apart from the other networks. He goes above and beyond!

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ShareASale reviewed by Ash in May 2012

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ShareASale.com is the most ethical, professional, and trustworthy affiliate network in the industry.They have great Customer service from them was prompt and friendly aslo they provide the webinar for Affiliates as well as for Merchants.

I highly recommend ShareASale for both merchants and affiliates.

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ShareASale reviewed by Carl in May 2012

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In my humble and maybe limited opinion Share-A-Sale is one of the best Affiliate Networks on the internet. I have sold stuff from ClickBank in the past, but with CB if you don’t get enough sales with at least 5 different credit cards in the first 3 months of your FIRST sale they start deducting money from your account, and that goes on weekly until your commission is all gone. I have also used Sell Health and their reporting system sucks out loud. (Pardon my French)

ShareASale is the only network I’ve come across that has it all. Prompt payment as long as you reach the payment threshold, great tracking and reporting. Great support, regular webinars that expand on different “functionalities” etc.

I would recommend ShareASale to anyone, newbie and guru alike.

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ShareASale reviewed by bob in January 2012

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i really like your company and everything is simple and the customer service is really great.
thanks bob aubuchon in Col,Oh

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ShareASale reviewed by Tom in December 2011

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Shareasale is great. It’s free and their customer service is great. I had an issue with my sites incentive status and they helped me clear it up in less than 20 minutes all through email.

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ShareASale reviewed by Kush A. in September 2011

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ShareASale is a top notch affiliate network. Here is what I like about it as an affiliate program manager:

– Pre-screened quality affiliates that add incremental value
– Ethical service-driven network
– Responsive & helpful support & merchant development teams
– Real time transparent tracking
– The NEW user interface is excellent!
– Ability to upload multiple creatives at a time
– Other nifty merchant tools & time saving features
– Reporting with useful charts, graphs & a bubble plot!
– Actual implementation was rather quick
– No need to sign annual contracts
– Worth noting again: pre-screened & verified quality affiliates.

It is with great pleasure that I highly recommend ShareASale to both merchants and affiliates.

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ShareASale reviewed by Check4Prices.com in August 2011

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I love ShareASale and really appreciate their support to affiliates.

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ShareASale reviewed by Erwin Mackintosh in July 2011

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As a new affiliate,on my first visit to the ShareASale Program, I had some hard times understanding the layout of the site, and also with some vocabulary used and I still have. I know that it is just a matter of time. About the concept of the site, I can say that this looks to me fabulous. Like a one stop shop in looking for vendors and also in dealing with payments. It is now premature for me to say about changes I want the site to undergo, I am still in my infancy stage and need to learn from you and from my mistakes. I was thinking in asking about modification in some codes to make things better fitting my site, along with it’s preview module. But all together a great help for affiliate program. Thank you.

Erwin

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ShareASale reviewed by Patrick Downey in May 2011

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Easy to use and easy to publish.

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ShareASale reviewed by Leyla in April 2011

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I have great experience with SAS. My payouts have been better than any other network I work with (the others are CJ & Linkshare). I agree that the interface is not easy to work with but it is being upgraded.

Mostly, I love them for their customer support and their willingness to work with affiliates to help us grow and increase our earning potential.

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ShareASale reviewed by Joe Wojciechowski in August 2010

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ShareASale is, without question, the best affiliate network!

With over 3000 merchants to promote, your niche selection is only limited by your imagination.

From an affiliate standpoint the entire team is easily accessible and willing to lend a hand. The network interface may take a little getting used to but they have great features like merchant auto approve, free datafeeds, coupon feeds, make-a-page, widgets, pay-per-call. They take pride in being an adware/parasite free network and have tons of options for reporting and stats too.

I have found the tracking to be spot on and actually love that stats update in REAL-TIME! The support is first class! Brian and the crew are always looking to improve SAS by reaching out to merchants and affiliates alike to make the network better.

For Merchants I believe they offer one of the most cost effective affiliate solutions around, if you are a merchant I would HIGHLY recommend SAS.

In ShareASale I Trust! 🙂

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ShareASale reviewed by Will in May 2010

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Jason Rubacky just helped me, called me instantly after me sending him an email. Super helpful on email, phone and twitter. Some great tools like deep linking, custom videos and afftrack parameters. Keep up the great work!

Will

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ShareASale reviewed by Wynne in March 2010

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Seriously, there are some things I would change about shareasale. The interface actually sux. The navigation is clunky. Too many clicks to just search for stuff. Common get it sorted out, I am certain that I am not the first to complain about this.

Paypal should be an option for payments. This is fast becoming a standard option. For international affiliates this is faster and easy than waiting for a check in the post that is in U.S. dollars and having to wait several weeks for checks to be converted and cleared.

Affiliate managers. Where are the dedicated affiliate managers on sign up? If you don’t think the affiliates are going to worth it to support then don’t sign them up until they can show at least some evidence that your time and support is going to pay you back. CJ sux in this manner too, so it seems to be a CPS network thing. NEWSFLASH: affiliate managers help make your network money! At least the good ones do anyway.

Shareasale is ethical. No BS forced rebill offers. I seriously hate those and actually peeves me off most of the CPA junk that just aims to mislead consumers. So 2 thumbs up for shareasale for keeping their offers 100% reputable and legitimate.

Tracking is supposed to be A+ and so far I think it has been.

Offers – there are tons and tons in any niche you can think of. Just don’t expect to see any Acai, Teeth Whitening, Google Home Biz, IQ Quiz, scammy ripoffs – because there aren’t any. This is the main reason I like shareasale.

Conversion Pixels: Shareasale, you need to give us affiliates the ability to drop our own conversion pixels on the offers we are promoting. This saves time and allows us to get on with our job a lot quicker instead of waiting for lazy merchants to get back to us if ever.

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ShareASale reviewed by Correen in February 2010

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As an affiliate marketer on ShareaSale there are many things I like about their system. My favorite has to be the interface. It’s easy to navigate and for me personally anything else more technical would be frustrating and a waste of resources well spent elsewhere such as promoting more merchants and affiliate marketing education.

The customer service is stellar, at any point someone has a question merchants and the ShareaSale staff are just a click away – rare and very much appreciated in this day and age.

If I could make a couple of wishes it would be to have payout via my PayPal account and an easier way to identify merchants that are no longer participating in the program.

I’m hanging in there and recommend ShareaSale without hesitation.

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ShareASale reviewed by Andres in February 2010

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The website looks very un-professional (looks like made by a 7 year old).
The website is terribly organized.

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ShareASale reviewed by Sarah Bundy in January 2010

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I’ve been working with ShareASale for just under two years now and have had extremely positive experiences with their team.

We have launched several programs in their network and we find the experience of managing these programs come with an always responsive, available and courteous response team. There are few other networks in the industry that I could honestly call friends.

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ShareASale reviewed by Jeremy Palmer in October 2009

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I’ve had nothing but positive experiences working with SAS. They are one of the most transparent and ethical affiliate networks I’ve ever worked with.

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ShareASale reviewed by Evan in September 2009

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Dan, that deposit amount can be as little as few hundred dollars I believe. And should be setup to charge a card when the balance hits zero. So you only put more money in when your sales have resulted. All major affiliate networks require deposits again commissions…

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ShareASale reviewed by Matt McWilliams in August 2009

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SAS is without a doubt the most ethical network, but also the most innovative.

The three things I REALLY enjoy about them are that while they are innovating and coming up with new ideas all of the time, they are still looking to improve, they are easy to work with (even for a total IT doofus like me), and their support is amazing.

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ShareASale reviewed by Mike in August 2009

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Best support! Most reliable! Interface needs updating.

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ShareASale reviewed by Evan in June 2009

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Shareasale is a great affiliate network and a must for affiliates to join and get active with. I would put them as the #2 affiliate network behind CJ. Great customer service, great affiliate base and good merchants to choose from. I always recommend companies to join Shareasale as part of a good affiliate strategy.

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ShareASale reviewed by Tyler Hall in March 2009

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SAS seems okay, much cheaper to go with them than something like CJ, however the affiliates aren’t as good. Most of them are coupon sites and never really get good visitors.

I have 80+ affiliates and only get about 30 views a month of our banners.

Not worth it, esp since you have to pay $500 to even start up.

Control panel is very ugly and hard to navigate through, however support is good.

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ShareASale reviewed by Quy Le in January 2009

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SAS without question is great! Customer service from them was prompt and friendly.

I find the interface a little less clean than some other networks, but it’s still pretty easy to navigate, and it gets the job done. If you want to working with the best up and coming aff. network, SAS is the way the go, hands down!

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ShareASale reviewed by Kevin Strawbridge in December 2008

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Having the rare and separate experiences of being both a retailer on the ShareaSale network and an affiliate working with many retailers on the network, I have pretty much seen all that SaS has to offer. From the professional and diligent support of people like Carolyn Tang and Brian Littleton to the ease of use in managing the programs, ShareaSale is the total package. In addition, because SaS is so cost effective, it is a program that really benefits the overall business. Whenever I have the chance, I recommend SaS to both affiliates and merchants alike.

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ShareASale reviewed by Chris Sanderson in November 2008

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We have worked with Shareasale for around 5 years now, right from when it was a “small” netwotrk through to now when it is one of the most popular networks.

Shareasale support is without question the best around. The team are highly responsive to requests, happy to make custom changes where possible and generally fast to get back to us when we need them.

Reporting has improved in leaps and bounds over the years, I’m very much a LinkShare reporting fan, so in comparison to the depth of data that is available there, Shareasale has some catching up to do, but in terms of speed to change, add new features, custom tools and the like, there are few networks that can match Shareasale.

Ethics wise Shareasale has always led the way to protect both merchants and affiliates from unethical marketeers. It is an uphill battle but it is one that Shareasale is constantly active in.

Due to the pricing Shareasale does attract a lot of “hopeful” merchants who want to throw up a program and see what happens. This can be a little frustrating for affiliates as it means some of the programs are not managed or well set up, however that’s hardly a fault of the Shareasale team

Overall I highly recommend Shareasale as a great network for both merchants and affiliates

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ShareASale reviewed by Michael Coley in October 2008

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ShareASale.com is the most ethical, professional, and trustworthy affiliate network in the industry. Many of their merchants are small, inexperienced merchants with very little potential, but they have some real gems as well. Their PowerRank rating is an easy way to find some of the best merchants.

I’ve been to all three ShareASale Think Tank conventions, and Brian and his team have proven time and time again that they are dedicated to making affiliate marketing a level playing field. In every decision they make, they consider the small affiliates and small merchants.

They are extremely agile, as evidenced by their “Month of the Interface” where they introduced a new feature to their site every weekday for a month.

I highly recommend ShareASale for both merchants and affiliates.

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ShareASale reviewed by Jashua Greggin in September 2008

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SAS is a nice little affiliate network, very similar to CJ and Linkshare. I think the big difference is the crappy interface it has and the poor structure. I know recently they have upgraded the interface and I know brian is a cool guy. The only problem I have is the interface of the backend and the way the advertisers approve affiliates.

Some (ones that I have tried to get approved by) do not want us to do the traffic, since it would be competition to them, but then why add yourself to an affiliate network?

there are also great things about it, I like how they show you the upcoming seasons or holidays – they even will show you some of the offers pertaining to that holiday or season. very helpful when trying to be a seasonal affiliate.

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