Hey everyone, we’ve been getting some good feedback on the ShareASale Blogs so far, which we appreciate. Today I’ve decided to write up a little information on 5 distinctive programs running on the ShareASale network – who have demonstrated some level of excellence either statistically, with creativity, or any other aspect that I feel is unique.
This info is just FYI – you should always research any program that you are considering participating in on your own – but the secondary feature of this blog is to show you a few tips that are helpful when you are doing that research. Please note that the merchants that I am spotlighting have not paid for these spots, this is simply my opinion based on their performance on the network. I would love to write up more, as there are so many quality programs running currently, and will be spotlighting different merchants in the weeks to come. I just had to start somewhere….
So, the 5 programs that I’ll be spotlighting today are:
Engravable Gift Collection
What stands out for Engravable Gift Collection
is a high level of consistency as a top EPC (and other statistical) performer. They have been a merchant with ShareASale since October of 2003, and since that time have had one of the top EPCs in the network. Taking a quick look at their stats, which you can see from their “View Merchant” page we see that they currently have a 30 day EPC of $25.78.
What I see here is a nice EPC, very low reversal rates, and high average sale amounts (which gets you a nice commission on only one sale and can get you motivated for more :) )
Clicking on the “View Trend” to see how things have been for the last 45 days…
The red line above represents their 30 day EPC numbers over the past month and a half. As you can see they have seen a slight increase likely due to the seasonal nature of some of their products (Mother’s Day, Graduations, etc…) – but this level of EPC has been very consistent since they began on the network.
One of the reasons for this is that their program is very affiliate-centric, something which can be noted by their introduction of a Dynamic Template (discussed on the Affiliate Marketing Message Forum ABestWeb.com) which allows affiliates to quickly and easily setup a product based website. There are quite a few programs out there with templates, product datafeeds, etc… but this Dynamic Template was a big hit with those affiliates who have used it as you can see by the discussion on ABestWeb. Also popular with affiliates in this program: Their committment to tracking telephone orders, anti-parasite stance, and updated and loaded datafeed, quality AM involvement and communication, participation in Auto-Deposit, and a product that people want to buy (perhaps most important here.) :)
Click here to take a closer look at Engravable Gift Collection
Since starting their program in January of 2004, I have personally received at least a dozen emails from affiliates who have praised the management efforts of this program – and the programs manager, Shawn. Those who have been involved in the program know that there are few managers out there who have done more than Shawn to create a unique, fair, and rewarding program. They recently announced via their dedicated affiliate forum on ABestWeb a couple of great additions to their program:
- May Promotion – paying a 25% bonus on ALL affiliate commission in May, 2005.
- Catalog – paying 10c for each catalog request from the website AND also printing the affiliateID directly on the catalog and crediting any future catalog sales to the correct affiliate.
- A Dynamic Website Template
They are always coming up with very unique and creative ways to help affiliates, but most of all the level of communication has been the number one compliment that I have received on the program.
Stats? Also very solid, Nature Hills Nursery is currently showing a 30 Day EPC of $7.08 with a very nice looking trend graph that indicates a growth in their program.
They’ve been active in the “Featured Program” advertisements, you may have noticed in your account lately, and were also seen recently in Revenue Magazine.
Click here to take a closer look at Nature Hills Nursery
Sometimes, it is all about stats. Taking a look at the 2 images below, you can see that Purity Products has one of the highest EPC values in the network, coming in currently with a 30 Day EPC of $69.20 and a 0% Reversal Rate. An average sale of $100+ also boosts the performance of this program.
If numbers is your thing, I don’t even need to say anything else about this program – but I must mention that the program has been active since July of 2002 and has been running these types of numbers ever since.
Click here to take a closer look at Purity Products
Speaking of numbers, FastFind is currently pushing through the roof. From their affiliate program description:
We offer FastFindTM Mortgage, which is designed to help your visitors find up to four mortgage lenders who can provide them with a customized rate quote and solve their mortgage needs.
For those affiliates who are more interested in lead generation, we wanted to highlight a quality program in that space, and FastFind is just that. They are relatively new to the network compared to some of the program listed above, however they have been active since July of 2004 and their statistics have been very solid since.
Aside from their quality statistics, the program has grown mostly on the strength of their management team who have been very responsive and aggressive in helping their affiliate do what they need to do. As above, this comes from feedback from affiliates who have been a part of their program which is the best kind of feedback we can get.
Click here to take a closer look at FastFind
In the travel sector, affiliate traffic is in high-demand. From what we have seen of the AlphaRooms program, they are doing an excellent job of turning affiliate traffic into affiliate earnings. From their affiliate program description:
AlphaRooms.com is established as one of the premier independent hotel and apartment booking service providers in destinations worldwide with over 15,000 hotels bookable online. Alpha offer affiliates a minimum 7% commission on all bookings (365-tracking gap) Average bookings are around the $500 mark, so affiliates have the potential to earn $35 per booking.
Taking a quick look at their stats shows an extremely high 30 Day EPC number of $157.53, and a trend graph below….
…shows it is not a fluke as that number has been straight-line consistent for over 30 days in a row.
Click here to take a closer look at AlphaRooms