Being a part of the Sales Team at ShareASale, I get asked numerous questions from incoming Merchants about our Affiliate base. These are the Top 3 I hear most frequently:
- What kind of Affiliates do you have?
- Should I approve all Affiliates that apply to my program?
- How can I build up my Affiliate base?
These are all great questions that I’m going to discuss today!
What kind of Affiliates do you have?
ShareASale has a wide variety of Affiliates on the network. Types of Affiliates include search engine players, niche content publishers, bloggers, email marketers, SEO friendly sites, reviewers, managed couponers, social media Affiliates, and more!
Content Affiliates are often great for driving new, valuable traffic to your website. It is very important to provide these Affiliates with a diverse creative inventory as well as a robust and up-to-date product datafeed.
Coupon Affiliates can also bring amazing benefits to your program. Provide these Affiliates with coupons and specialty deals in the Coupons & Deals Database. At first, most new Merchants feel bombarded with applications from Couponers. Not to fret, learn more about the initial Coupon Application Tidal Wave Here.
Social Affiliates may not be as fluent in Affiliate Marketing, but our with Storefronts feature, these Affiliates can setup an Affiliate site in a matter of minutes. Social Affiliates could be a fundraising group, the local PTA, your kid’s basketball team or any association that is looking for fundraising solutions!
Segmentation and organization becomes incredibly important with such a mix of Affiliates. I recommend Merchants utilize ShareASale’s tag feature to segment and group their Affiliate base. Merchants can send out newsletters, create coupons, assign bonuses and designate banners… all by tag!
Should I approve all Affiliates that apply to my program?
It can definitely be overwhelming to go through all the Affiliate applications that crop up once your program goes live. Some things to take into consideration include:
1. Are the links working on their site?
2. Is there anything that you disapprove of on their site?
3. Do they fit the criteria of your program agreement?
4. What is their current status with ShareASale?
To save time approving or declining applications, Merchants can setup Auto-Approval Rules that will filter out only those Affiliates who meet a Merchants’ predefined criteria. ShareASale has over 15 available filters, with additional filters upon request. And remember, communication is key! If you have any questions about how an Affiliate will promote your site, ask them!
How can I build up my Affiliate base?
Attracting quality Affiliates to join your program is one of the most important tasks of managing a program. We have a number of tools available to make your program Affiliate-friendly. Once you gain a solid base of Affiliates, it’s important to update them about new products, links, bonuses, etc. If you are asking this question, I recommended reviewing the following articles: