During my time in the Affiliate Marketing industry I’ve had the fortune to interact with many talented individuals having a wealth of knowledge to share on all aspects of marketing and technology. I also have the ongoing opportunity to grow and work on side projects complementing my role as ShareASale Technical Lead. So for this upcoming Q4 season of giving, why not connect the two and build something that helps everyone?
On that note, I’m proud to announce Wiki.shareasale.com, a portal designed to allow anyone – seasoned vet or marketing newbie – to ask questions and receive answers from our expert community.
To keep things simple, registration isn’t required to ask questions. However, if you want to contribute your skills please sign up! Users can upvote (or downvote) the answers they believe best resolve questions completely and accurately adding to “Reputation” and “Star Point” scores for the recipient (more on these later…). Discussion is encouraged and every reply can also be voted upon.
ShareASale’s small staff team will be picking their top answer choice in question threads granting those ace users significantly extra Star Points. These people look for the most creative, cogent, and professional answers to be chosen.They’re also in charge of monitoring for any trouble, so in the spirit of Santa, be nice out there!
Speaking of Santa, what would Q4 be without surprises and gifts? We’re excited to reward our community with a variety of real-life perks to redeem for their efforts on the Wiki. First, an explanation on the point system:
Reputation is your individual, persistent upvote minus downvote score on the Wiki. Consider it a “grade” along with the number of total answers you’ve provided. A higher reputation pushes you further up the distinguished member ladder granting you more exposure among our community.
Star Points are earned for various actions on the Wiki like new answers, upvotes, downvotes, chosen answers, and special bonuses. Consider it the Wiki’s currency that changes as you participate and allows you to redeem perks.
But how will you know your Reputation and Star Point score? Just check out the Dashboard page for your account.
The Dashboard is designed to give you a quick, basic view of your Wiki activity:
Current Star Points and Reputation scores
Public gravatar, editable on gravatar.com/
List of moderator-chosen answers (big points!)
Total number of answers to date
Recent Activity Feed of all events affecting your Star Points
Keep your eyes peeled for the three rotating Admin Messages from our team at the top. There will be news, alerts, or special shout-outs to top performing Wiki-ers.
It is also great as a central hub for finding new questions trending or needing answers. Explore these even if you may not be able to answer. You never know what you might learn!
You can see your recent answers, questions, and the Wiki member Reputation ladder as well. If you’re part of an OPM Agency you’ll see a list of your top members in a new tab too. How well do you stack up?
Eventually you’ll want to spend your Star Points on perks. Click the links inside or next to the star to visit the Redemption Center.
It’s designed to be as simple as possible. Peruse the grid of possible perks. Click the filters at the top to sort by cost or type, or the preview image to view a larger version and caption. You’ll know what you can afford whether the band across the bottom of each entry is red or green. As you add more perks to your redemption list, watch your total scroll down at the top right and each clickable band change color based on your remaining Star Points. Click [Reset Choices] if you need to start over.
Once there’s at least one perk in the Your Rewards section, a yellow “redeem” button appears. Be sure you’re ready before clicking, and that your perks are applicable to you. The request is sent to our small moderator team who verifies and fulfills each with care. They’ll be in touch so make sure you have proper contact info in your user profile.
Don’t worry, unlike Q4 these perks will still be around after December 31st. :) You’ll even see changes based on seasons, promotions, or upcoming events. New perks in the last 10 days are marked with a purple “new” tag in the top left corner.
Important Last Note: If you’re an OPM Agency, you can combine all of your users’ Star Points (but not Reputation). Edit your profile page to add your designated ShareASale Agency ID. Contact ShareASale@ShareASale.com for yours. It can only be entered once, so please do not enter a value if you are unsure.
For groups of users, you can also enter a matching ID to have your team’s Star Points apply in a similar pool.
Finally, I hope the Wiki fosters new ways for ShareASale’s amazing fans to teach, learn, and exchange ideas with each other. We’ll continue to improve it and add new features, so don’t hesitate to email with any great ideas or requests.
Best of luck to everyone in Q4 and I’ll see you on the Wiki!