If you ship globally the best Affiliate Network for Cost per Sale Commission Based Offers where you pay commission per confirmed sale is ShareASale. Even although it’s a Global Network most of the large Australian affiliates belong to them too and they do run AU offers too. They are really good and really helpful people, they sponsor all the parties at Affiliate Summit which I go to in New York and Las Vegas.
Merchants can run an affiliate program where you decide the commission to pay and only pay for results. ShareASale has been established since 2000 and allows you to access a leading network of affiliates and publisher websites.
Shareasale has the best features of any affiliate network (even the big ones that charge $3000/month) and here are a couple of key features:
REAL-TIME TRACKING – YOU’LL KNOW THE MOMENT A BANNER IS CLICKED, A SALE IS MADE AND A COMMISSION IS GENERATED.
SEGMENTATION – USE TAGS TO SEGMENT & GROUP AFFILIATES. EASILY TRACK THE TRENDS OF SPECIFIC AFFILIATE GROUPS, DELIVER TARGETED CONTENT & SETUP RULE-BASED COMMISSIONS.
CLICKSTREAM ATTRIBUTION – THE CLICK STREAM REPORT ALLOWS YOU TO VIEW RECENT CLICKS THAT A CONSUMER MADE PRIOR TO THE PURCHASE. RULE-BASED COMMISSIONS CAN BE SETUP UTILIZING THE TIMESTAMP DATA IN THIS REPORT.
AFFILIATE NEWSLETTER INTERFACE – ALLOWS YOU TO SEND CUSTOMIZED NEWSLETTERS TO YOUR AFFILIATES AND EMBED THEIR CUSTOM AFFILIATE LINKS.
ShareASale Affiliate Management and Consulting Services
Affiliate Networks just provide a tracking / payment platform and for any affiliate program to get off the ground involves reaching out to partners in your niche with high traffic websites or large databases and getting them to promote your product. That is why any successful affiliate program needs an Affiliate Manager or Outsourced Program Manager to recruit affiliates and encourage the influencers in your niche market or the large affiliates / publishers to promote your offer to their databases and to their followers. It is also essential to maintain an Affiliate Newsletter and have regular communications like making a calendar of promotions to keep sending to affiliates to promote. You also need someone who knows what they are doing to reguarly approve and communicate with affiliates and setup the program with the right agreement and put rules in place to prevent rogue affiliates like trademark bidders and malware / adware / toolbars etc highjacking your program.
Dave and FatCowBusiness have 15+ years experience in Affiliate Marketing both as a Merchant, Publisher and Consultant so we know all the tricks of the trade and also have many contacts from travelling the world speaking at all the biggest Affiliate Marketing conferences around the world including Affiliate Summit and A4uExpo so if you would like us to setup / manage your program or provide expert consulting please contact us.
Shareasale Setup Fees, Monthly Fees and Transaction Fees
ShareASale are also very upfront and transparent about their fees which are very reasonable. The network access fee of $550 (the other big Affiliate Networks like Linkshare and CJ have startup fees of thousands of dollars plus monthly fees starting at thousands per month. After that fees are very reasonable only 20% fee of what you pay to affiliates, there is a grace period for the first 4 months and after that, if your account does not generate a minimum of $25 in fees to ShareASale, your account will be charged the difference each month.