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What is ShareASale?

ShareASale Client Services offers a variety of integrated services which can help you establish, build and grow your Affiliate program.

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ShareASale Client Services offers a variety of integrated services which can help you establish, build and grow your Affiliate program.


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ShareASale
Company Website
Year Founded
2000
HQ Location
Chicago, IL
Twitter
@shareasale
15,848 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
80 employees on LinkedIn®

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Love how they charge for everything - including even a basic training manual on how to use the interface. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

1. Full of coupon scam sites who do no work, except to use your brand name in order to intercept branded search traffic.

2. Possibly 1% legitimate sites with some traffic. The 99% are there just to waste costly time in monitoring their scam activities.

3. Terribly expensive with upsells for merchants around every corner.

Giving performance marketing a very bad reputation, that is for sure.

Struggling to get a refund from Shareasale - it is just money down the drain.

The Shareasale CEO should really consider ways to give legitimate value to new merchants. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Nothing at all - quite disappointing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Setup was fairly easy if you are familiar with some technical aspects and understand a little bit of legal terminology for the affiliate program contracts. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Lots to dislike. I was skeptical due to the high cost to start the program at $600, but thought I was paying a premium for best in class. Upon getting everything setup, I was told they had a huge list of affiliates that would be interested in my product, but all I ever got was a huge list of off-shore coupon sites applying to become affiliates. They will list coupons for my store, but not actively advertise my products. Coupon sites are the scourge of internet sales - stay away from them at all costs! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Shop around for something less expensive and do your experiment there to see if affiliate sales will work for you. Look for people that are actively blogging the product(s) you are selling and contact them to see if they will blog for you and for what commission they would do it for. There is a LOT of leg work you could do beforehand to line up a list of bloggers and sales people before you pay for an affiliate program.

Don't sign up any coupon sites at all when you start out. They are all basically worthless. I see no value in them at all, but you will be inundated with dozens of coupon sites wanting to become affiliates. The reason is obvious. They don't have to do any work and will take a cut of your action. Buyers you bring into your website will be at the checkout and if they see a promo code that they could fill in, then they will go look for a promo code. If they find one of your affiliates and click on their "Reveal Code", they have essentially then registered the sale and will get a commission, even if there is no coupon running at the time. If you do choose a coupon site, make sure they are actively promoting products with reviews and testimonials. If they are not, stay away from them. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I didn't solve any problems other than my own education. It was a grand experiment to see if affiliate sales would work. It turned out to be empty promises and an expensive startup. The system is "broken" with regard to coupon sites. If you get a buying customer, cart full, checking out, and they see you have a discount code, they typically then search the Internet for a discount code. If they find one of your affiliates and click on a banner ad for a coupon, even if no coupon exists, the affiliate with the coupon site has essentially registered themselves in the loop. So when the customer finishes their transaction, the coupon site gets a commission for doing absolutely nothing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

It's probably the most affordable affiliate program to set up, and they seem to have a pretty good network of affiliates. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Tracking wasn't very clear. We ran a CPL program, and we got billed twice every time lead came in, which bugged the good affiliates and made it hard to be a good partner. It also took a lot of extra attention. Also, their customer support was fairly prompt, but not very helpful. Very terse, and always directing you to poor help center articles. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to develop a new marketing channel. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AF
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It's really easy to launch an affiliate program with SAS because there are no contracts, so a brand can test the waters. Most larger affiliates are on this platform as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The reporting tools are limited to really in diving deep into the customer journey and extracting insights. There are also limitations on setting up different attribution models - everything is based on last click and rev.share. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to launch and manage an affiliate program quickly and easily Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The upside to ShareASale (SAS, from this point forward) is that the network of affilaites and merchants is already very established- which is great. The benefits inherited from this vast network are great, yes- but I do feel there could be some polishing to the portal. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The portal interface is so outdated. The ability to retain reporting is very arbitrary, and there isn't a great way to consider different data sets. Not to mention, when checking through transactions- you should be able to filter out the ones you've already voided. Only leaving those awaiting their lock date/approval. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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If only there was a road map or plan to improve anything, but there isn't. If there was, I wouldn't think it would be outwardly available to the customers-- even us merchants seem to get sub-par support. The longevity of our account- has no bearing on the level of support we get. We've been customers for over 7 years- and the ability the admins have to right the wrongs caused by their system hasn't developed as our own tools have. While their price point and market share is vaster than ours by leaps and bounds. I would consider the ability to redirect data, and provide merchants with more insights on their affiliates- and not just them relying on the fact that they got to the market first. They should still be innovating, or at least- Communicating. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

They aren't really problems, I suppose. I guess they are moreso limitations of the portal. I wish there was a way to sort through data better, filter and search in various ways. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CEO
Publishing
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I personally love all the features that Shareasale gives to my self. Recently they have redesigned their interface. That made ShareASale more awesome. If I mentioned the real pros that I am enjoying with Shareasale, they have internally best advertisers and their rates are very good. Shareasale has an awesome reporting dashboard. We can use Payoneer to get paid. Applying advertisers are just a few clicks and generating affiliate links are easy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I am more satisfy if Shareasale can reduce their Payoneer payout to $20. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's great for bloggers who have a great community that can get many leads with a shoutout. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simply advertising at all the blog sites that I manage. The benefit is dealing with high-quality advertisers with great rates. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Everything is at least in one place and you can track everything from one place. It’s easy to add new links and track performance by affiliate. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The UI still looks as though it was built in the 90s so it can be challenging to navigate. The recruitment tool is also challenging to use. There should be a better way to find new affiliates. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It does the job but the UI can be challenging. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Affiliate marketing- tracking the program and managing it, along with payouts and creating links. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Owner/Blogger
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Their updated design and custom link generator is greatly improved and makes it faster and easier to generate custom links to the store product page with your affiliate ID. The reporting is very good for showing the clicks and sales from brands. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

In most cases you can only see what the referring page was that the purchase came from but you don't actually know what product was purchased on the store site you are affiliate linking to, this makes it hard to know when you are using social media share links for affiliate selling products since you don't know refer page to know which products you sold. You know all link clicks and sales, but not which specific product sold with most store cases. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Work with stores to better track exact products sold from your links not just the referrer page and the sale commissions/prices only. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Affiliate sales of products we review from some online stores, this can include some software as well. I prefer ShareASale to CJ and other programs in the ease of use. I preferred a centralized affiliate sale site instead of having to become an affiliate of each and every brand and store directly which forces you to keep track of so many separate sites and sources of income. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It's fairly easy to join the program as a newbie who have zero to very limited experience working with affiliate programs. However, a little over basic setup will require to read ShareASale blog and research what to right in program rules. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Their database is full of coupon sites that have nothing in common to do with bringing actual traffic to your store. We learned hard way that coupon sites, if you want to work with them at all, have to be limited to minimum percentage. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I wish ShareASale has some integration with RewardStyle. That's where all the bloggers are. So far, we implemented the program and have affiliates but they barely bring any ROI. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are getting access to more websites that promote our products using ShareASale links. I wish there were more quality blogging websites there rather than coupon websites. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Ease of use, lots of opportunities to generate extra revenue Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

While there are endless opportunities, at times there can be too many. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Benefits of introducing new items to my clients Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AO
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Partnership options available on ShareASale feel limited, but it is difficult to tell because the website is archaic. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The entire navigational experience is a deterrent from using ShareASale unless I am desperate to affiliate myself with a client. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Shop around. There are many affiliate networking websites out there and many brands even have begun establishing their own in-house affiliate programs which pay out better. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None. I opt for alternative Affiliate networking sites. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AR
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This is a great way to choose what add run on your website! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I have not found anything to dislike with Share A Sale yet! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am currently in the beginning stages of making a blog. This will help me monotinize my new business. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

What I like best about Share a Sale is that it is beginner friendly. You can promote a lot on there rather than on some other sites I've come across. Unless you have tons of experience. But if you don't and you're looking to start promoting something. Share A Sale I would say is the place to start. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes I tend to dislike what is available. It has a vast amount of products just sometimes isn't what I'm looking to promote in particular. Also, sometimes payment can be on the lower end. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I say if you're considering it just give it a go and try it out. It won't cost you anything to look at what it has to offer and attempt to promote a few products. It might even give you a sense of know how if you're a beginner. it's a great site to start from. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems I am solving by using Share A Sale is the fact that I don't have to search all around the internet for a company that I can promote for. This site has thousands of companies looking for marketers instead to promote their products instead. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the ease for introductory publishers -- Share a sale makes it easy to get started! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Share a Sale is not as user friendly as I would like. You have to search around to get links and performance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Share a sale provides unique offers to affiliate publishers, advertisers, and agencies. I recommend Share a Sale to both big and small advertisers, publishers, and agencies. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have really enjoyed the wide array of offers available on Share a Sale. I have worked at a wide variety of affiliates and every affiliate always has needs met through SAS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UR
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the transaction reporting and being able to customize the commission amounts. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Bulk approval process. You either approve all at the same commission or you have to edit one at a time. Seems to take a while this way... Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reaching out to affiliates and paying affiliates in one location. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I love how easy ShareASale is to use, from setting up to getting connected with potential merchants and customize how you choose to display products or ads. You can also select what type of merchant you want to be associated with which would fit your personal site or blog the best. The platform is also very easy to use when communicating with merchants as well as seeing your performance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The only downfall about the platform is the dashboard is a bit outdated and wish it was more tablet friendly. I am always on the go and don't always have a laptop handy so an app version for the platform would be better. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

A great platform to use when you want to become an affiliate, there are others out there but I would definitely recommend trying them out first Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have increased my number of readers and subscribers but also feel empowered when using ShareASale to really build my own personal brand. The platform also allows me to become a sort of blogger entrepreneur to reinvest in myself and blog. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Great niche websites you won't find in other networks Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Small, has been tough to scale the program Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure they have partners in your vertical Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Low cost affiliate network Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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