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Strictly No Fail: 8 Proven Ways To Make Money With ShareASale

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Are you now a ShareASale affiliate?


Allow me to show you ways to make money with ShareAsale so you can start making some moola

Some folks spread rumours that if you make less than $50 per month ShareAsale will take your money and deactivate your account and some say you have to pay

That’s not true,

Phew, finally I got this out of my chest

Well, the truth is…

For instance, if you have $50 in your account and you haven’t been active for more than six months, they will deduct $25 the first month and another $25 the following month and then deactivate your account

Here is what ShareAsale says on their term of services page

Affiliate accounts that are left inactive will be removed from our system if their balance is equal to or less than $25.

If an abandoned affiliate account has a balance between $25 and $50, a $25 fee will be assesed once per calendar month, until the balance is equal to zero dollars – and is closed.

At no time will an affiliate ever owe monies to Shareasale.com, Inc. based on fees – the account will simply be closed.

An abandoned affiliate account is defined as any account that has not been logged in to for a period of 6 months, nor have any transactions been posted to that account. If one or the other of those conditions are true – the account will remain in an active state


That makes sense right? This shows that ShareASale is meant for serious bloggers

I hope you are also one of the serious bloggers who want to earn money with ShareASale

Some links in this section are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to buy toys for my kids if you use these links. You will not be charged extra. I only recommend high-quality products and I don’t recommend them based on the small amount I earn if you decide to make a purchase

1. Choose A Perfect Merchant

8 proven ways to make money with ShareASale

Merchants (the companies selling products and services) are the foundation of making money on ShareASale, if you choose the wrong merchant you will struggle to find your way up

There are many factors that I personally consider when searching for a perfect merchant such as:

a. Are they relevant to your niche?

You can’t apply for a food merchant when you are a fashion blogger. Choose products that you know will benefit your readers

To select a merchant by category:

On your ShareASale dashboard click merchants >> search for merchant >> categories and select a category which is relevant to your niche

b. How long does their tracking cookie last?

Not every reader will make a purchase immediately after reading your post so choose a merchant with a tracking cookie that lasts longer

I prefer a 30 day+ cookie the shortest period being two weeks

To see a tracking cookie period:

After selecting your category you will be directed to a list of merchants on that particular category, click on the merchant you are interested in

Wp Engine screenshot (a ShareASale merchant)

As you can see Wp Engine has a 180 day cookie which means if my referral visits Wp Engine for the first time using my affiliate link, and then later decides to make a purchase within 180 days I will earn a commission

Great right?

The longer the cookie the greater chances of earning your affiliate commission

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c. When was their last transaction made?

I prefer a merchant who has recently made a transaction. It shows that their products are easy to sell.

Meaning affiliates are not struggling to sell their product.

To check a merchant’s last transaction:

Follow the same process you used when checking the tracking cookie period

On the left side of the tracking cookie box, you will see the last transaction date

Wp engine screenshot (a shareasale merchant)

As you can see Wp Engine has just made a transaction

This shows that affiliates aren’t struggling to promote Wp Engine

Another advantage of promoting Wp Engine is that you get paid for every approved affiliate you refer

2. Reviews

Strictly No Fail: 8 Proven Ways To Make Money With ShareASale: Product review

There are plenty of products on ShareASale

The best way to make money from those products is to test and then review them

Don’t Fret, most of the products have a free trial

There are three proven methods of reviewing products that are guaranteed to generate revenue:

  • Positive reviews: Tell your readers about this amazing product you have tested. Share everything, how it works and why you like it
  • Negative reviews: This is the opposite of the positive review which means you are sharing your experience about the horrible product you have tried and why you think your readers shouldn’t use it.
  • Comparisons: Review product A vs product B and choose a winner

What Is The Most Converting Review?

To my surprise, many review experts say negative reviews tend to perform well than positive reviews

I think it’s because negative reviews seem to be more accurate and honest, whereas, the positive review might be there to impress or biased for the sake of earning a commission

It’s also good to do both reviews more often

Above all, I personally think comparisons are the best

Not only are you showing the winner between the two products, but you are also showing your readers your expertise in the products in question

When I moved to Siteground, I was convinced by a comparison review of HostGator vs Siteground.

Everything was laid out, the pros and cons of both products

I was fully convinced that Siteground is the best, felt like I have personally tested both products as well

That’s the power of comparison reviews

You give folks a clear picture of the product in question and a reason to make a purchase

It’s likely that they will be convinced to make a purchase immediately after reading your post

With a comparison review, it’s more like you are saying, “hey I am the expert, don’t search for answers anywhere, I will tell you everything here

But be careful with these types of reviews, I have seen folks getting sued for giving fake reviews about some products

3. Tutorials

It’s no doubt that How-tos perform well than any other article you can publish on your blog

Why? By writing tutorials you are showing your expertise in a particular product and you are helping your readers

Instead of just telling folks how awesome your product is, you will show them how to use it and why it’s best for them

If you help your readers you are likely to make more sales

Unlike if you just recommend a product without showing your readers how to use it

Folks trust you more with a tutorial because it’s proof that you are not just promoting the product but you have used it as well

Here is an example of a good tutorial: How To Create A Perfect ‘contact me’ Page

4. Resource Page

No matter how small your blog is, do not hesitate to add a resource page.

Resource pages tend to perform well because whoever is reading it is interested in knowing what you are using

And probably ends up making a purchase

Remember you are your reader’s mentor or should I say a role model

They are on your blog because they believe in you and they trust you

Everybody wants to use what her role model uses

That’s why you see big brands pay celebrities thousands of dollars for an Ad

They know that if ‘Kim Kardashian’ recommends their product all of her fans will buy it

I started using Tailwind because Elna of twinsmommy.com recommends it and it’s listed on her resource page

As I said earlier it doesn’t matter how small your blog is

You should add a resource page because you do have your own small tribe as well

List all products you recommend and add your affiliate links

5. In-Text Content Links

Add links to your content, for example, you are talking about your challenges as a non-native English speaker who blogs in English

And you mention an awesome tool that is helping you with your grammar and spelling corrections such as Grammarly

Add your Grammarly affiliate links,

Chances are some folks with a similar problem might end up clicking on your link to find more about that amazing product

They will end up purchasing it, BUT avoid being spammy. Add your links naturally, don’t pour your links all over your blog post

6. Ad Banners

Make use of your sidebar add some banners, but don’t add too many, a few will do

I know bloggers have a different opinion on this

Some believe that banners are ugly and they make your blog look ugly

But I personally think there is no harm in adding banners to your blog.

Arfa of shemeansblogging.com adds banners on her beautiful blog and they don’t affect her blog in any way

Her blog still looks beautiful regardless of having banners

Do you want to add banners on your sidebar? Here is a quick guide:

Go to your ShareASale dashboard, click links >> Get links/banners >> select merchant click get links

Strictly No Fail: 8 Proven Ways To Make Money With ShareASale: screenshot click get links

This is where we are when you click get links, click banners

Strictly No Fail: 8 Proven Ways To Make Money With ShareASale: Screanshot click banners

This is where we are, now click on the banner of your choice and click select all and copy.

Strictly No Fail: 8 Proven Ways To Make Money With ShareASale: screanshot select all

Note: When copying an affiliate link you click select URL only

Back to your WordPress dashboard:

Go to Appearance >>customize >>widgets

Strictly No Fail: 8 Proven Ways To Make Money With ShareASale: Screenshot click widgets

This is where we are, now click widgets >> sidebar and click add a widget

Strictly No Fail: 8 Proven Ways To Make Money With ShareASale: screenshot add a widget

After clicking add a widget click custom HTML and paste the HTML code you have copied from ShareASale and click done

Strictly No Fail: 8 Proven Ways To Make Money With ShareASale: Screenshot where to paste HTML code

Voila! your banner is now on your sidebar, don’t forget to click PUBLISH

I don’t encourage adding more than two banners inside your posts

It distracts your readers,

If they end up clicking on your banners they will be directed to your product landing page

And they won’t read your complete post which means your bounce rate will increase

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7. Pinterest Pins

Did you know that folks are making crazy affiliate sales on Pinterest?

Pinterest pins can make you money without writing any post.

Start promoting your ShareASale products on Pinterest

All you have to do is, create a beautiful pin and instead of adding a website URL on your pin destination add your affiliate link

Disclose disclose disclose, let folks know that they are pinning on an affiliate pin after your pin description add #aff or #afflink

I have tried this method once and I earned a lead commission

8. It’s A Secret

Posting tutorials, reviews and inserting banners to your site will make you money, but it might take time until you make your first sale.

I am not trying to discourage you but that’s the way it is

I’m sure you have seen income reports that read: ‘How I Made My First $10 In My Forth Month Blogging‘ some even say ‘My Sixth-Seventh Month Blogging

Yes, it happens that’s why there are hundreds of dumped blogs on the net,

After applying everything, buying expensive courses and still can’t make any sale! why won’t you give up?

Luckily, I have a secret that can make you money immediately after publishing your post without making any sale!

Yes, you heard me, it’s that easy

So no more giving up, I want to tell you exactly how I made money with this post a few minutes after publishing it

That way you will patiently wait for your affiliate commission knowing that you already got some bucks in your pocket, cool, isn’t it?

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I have finally decided to share the secret here that’s why you don’t see the button.

Wrapping Up

Understand that becoming a ShareASale affiliate doesn’t guarantee passive income

What am I saying? You can become an affiliate for hundreds of programs and still not earn a dime

The important thing is what you are going to do after becoming an affiliate

How are you going to promote your affiliate products?

That’s what matters and that’s what guarantees passive income

Try everything, reviews, tutorials, in-text links and Ad banners (And obviously my secret method), you will definitely get the best out of ShareASale

Over To You

What other methods do you use to promote your affiliate products? Please drop a few lines below, I would love to hear from you

Any question(s)? As usual, feel free to ask, I am always ready to help you

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7 thoughts on “Strictly No Fail: 8 Proven Ways To Make Money With ShareASale”

  1. Just followed your instructions & got a banner up on my sidebar! Thanks Sharon!
    I heard Pinterest doesn’t like shortened links anymore, have you heard that?

    1. Hi Mina
      Aww that’s great, glad this post was helpful and thanks for the heads up about shortened links will dig deep into it and probably update this post

      1. Hi thanks for your post with your tips I got accept for Share a sale really great. I have a question how can I ask to test some of the products? Do I have to send them an email or something else?
        Thanks for your help

        1. Good to hear! Congrats Mina! as for the products, I guess you can reach out to them I’m not sure because I haven’t tried it myself.

  2. I am using Linktree on my three Instagram accounts, to share affiliate links. one of these three accounts is dedicated specifically to sales, it is called @cruelty_free_shop it contains only certified cruelty Free Brands, to which I am affiliated through ShareASale, because I am an enviromentalist, animals and Shelter Cats Advocate and vegan model. what do you think about this? I can’t do anything else because I’m without funds. in two months of affiliation I have not yet earned anything.

    1. Hi Valentina, I wouldn’t worry about not earning anything in two months I think it’s a bit early, try to help your audience first before throwing affiliate links to them, show them that you understand them and you’re there to help them. They will start using your links when they feel that they can trust your recommendations. I have this post on how you can get bonuses from ShareASale without making any affiliate sale: https://anothersuccessfulmama.com/4-easiest-ways-to-make-extra-money-with-shareasale give it a read the bonuses will help you make money whilst you’re waiting for your first affiliate sale

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