how to be approved as a shareasale affiliate

How To Be Approved As A ShareASale Affiliate

(Last Updated On: May 22, 2020)

Do you want to be approved as a ShareASale affiliate?

Tried to join several times but they keep disapproving you?

Or you have been thinking of joining ShareASale?

If your answer is yes, this post is for you.

Becoming a ShareASale affiliate is the best way to monetize your blog.

Almost every pro blogger recommends starting with affiliate marketing (if you want to make money blogging) because you don’t have to create any product.

Affiliate marketing sounds easy just grabbing a link and inserting it in your blog post.

But the hard part is finding the right products to promote or affiliate marketing companies to work with.

Luckily ShareASale is a market place where you can find thousands of potential merchants to work with, and unlimited products to promote

ShareASale merchants search panel

That said, you need to sign up and wait for approval to start promoting those products

Some links in this section are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to buy toys for my kids if you use these links. You will not be charged extra. I only recommend high-quality products and I don’t recommend them based on the small amount I earn if you decide to make a purchase

What Is ShareASale?

As I mentioned earlier ShareAsale is an affiliate marketing place,

It is based in Chicago and they have been in the Affiliate marketing industry for 20 years.

There are two services that ShareASale offers, for the merchants and the affiliates or bloggers and in this post, we are going to discuss the affiliates.

Affiliates use ShareASale to find products to promote and earn a commission for the referrals on those products.

I am also one of the ShareASale affiliates, it is currently my main source of income.

How To Be Approved As A ShareASale Affiliate

How To Be Approved As A ShareASale Affiliate

Before applying as a ShareASale affiliate you need the following:

  1. Your custom email address (using your own domain name) for example, [email protected] don’t use a free hosted email address like @gmail, @hotmail or @yahoo.com because you will be automatically rejected. You can always create your own email for free if your website is hosted on Siteground
  2. Enter a website that you own using a top-level domain, for example, yourdomain.com and make sure your URL leads to a live website with English content
  3. Provide true and accurate information about you
  4. Write everything in English

How Does ShareASale Pay You?

There are three modes of payments:

  1. Via Payoneer
  2. Wire deposit
  3. Via check (different processing fees may apply)

The minimum cash-out payment is $50 paid on the 20th of every month.

Why ShareASale Might Reject Your Application?

Having the above mentioned in place does not guarantee your approval. Before approving you ShareASale will review your site first.

The following sites will not be approved:

  • Adult sites
  • Sites that display Adult banners. (You might have a site that does not have adult content on it but one of the ad programs you are promoting might be displaying adult banners so do check before applying)
  • Sites that promote violence, bigotry or hatred
  • Sites that promote illegal activities

Another reason might be your country of residence. If your country isn’t supported then, unfortunately, you will not be approved

Here’s an image with the list of countries that ShareASale is currently accepting membership applications from:

List of countries that ShareASale is currently accepting membership applications from

Note: If your country isn’t listed you can contact ShareASale and give them a valid reason to accept you (e.g if you have high-quality traffic and so forth)

It takes approximately 1-3 business days for you to receive an approval email and it only takes less than 15 minutes to sign up.

What To Do When Your ShareASale Application Is Declined?

You might be in one of the above-listed countries and still for some reasons ShareASale declines your application

That’s heart breaking but don’t worry

You are free to reapply but be sure to make some improvements on your site before reapplying

For instance, if you used a free email id before try using your custom email address

If ShareASale keeps rejecting your application then simply write a friendly email to them, here’s an example:

Hello, my name is ______ I own a (insert your niche) site where I (explain what you do on your site). I applied to your affiliate program but I was declined. I believe I can do a great job for you. Here’s what I have in mind: (explain your promotional methods in detail)

Could you please reconsider? if you still think that I can not qualify to become your affiliate, I would greatly appreciate you letting me know why so that I can make some improvements

Thanks for your time

Your name

Email them at [email protected]

What To Do After Being Approved As A ShareASale Affiliate

The next step to take after your approval is to search for merchants

Merchants are E-commerce entities who will pay you a commission for purchases, clicks or leads made by your referrals

Some merchants will review your site first before approving you whilst others will automatically approve you.

I know how it sucks to be disapproved; the following tips will help you to avoid any disappointments

How To Be Approved By ShareASale Merchants

As I said earlier merchants will review your site in order to approve you.

But that’s not all, they will review your application before heading over to your site.

You have to make your affiliate profile stand out from the crowd, remember these merchants get hundreds of application every day.

You will have to:

  1. Add your photo or logo on your profile

2. Add a powerful and convincing description of your blog and your marketing strategies

3. When applying for merchants you will see an option to tell them about your promotional methods:

How To Be Approved As A ShareASale Affiliate


This step is optional but that’s the main key for your approval

Don’t skip, take your time and tell them what you blog about and how you plan to promote their products.

Back To Your Site

You will only need a few things:

  • A Privacy Policy page This is a legal page required by law if you collect personal information from your site visitors such as email addresses, location etc and also if you use cookies. It generally provides information on how and why you’re collecting data. Get your free Privacy Policy here
  • Affiliate Disclosure This is a disclaimer statement that informs your visitors that you earn a commission from some of the products you promote on your site
  • An About page This a page that you use to tell your visitors more about you and what your site is all about
  • Blog posts (Obviously) Blog posts will help merchants know the type of content you write on your site and will help them decide if you have the right traffic for them

I know how overwhelming it is to search for merchants in a market place full of thousands of them,

Below is a list of ShareAsale merchants you can start with.

ShareASale Merchants Who Approve New Bloggers Immediately

ShareASale Merchants Who Approve New Bloggers Immediately

Regardless of you having everything in place some of the merchants will disapprove you, only because your site does not have enough traffic.

No worries! there are some merchants who believe you can generate sales with a new blog.

You can bookmark this post and come back anytime you want to join one of the following merchants:

  1. Grammarly: A Spelling grammar checker. You will receive $20 commission per sale
  2. Wp Engine: Provides WordPress hosting services and professional themes. You will receive a minimum of $200 commission for a hosting referral and 30% for theme purchases
  3. Stella & Dot: An online boutique. You will receive $100 commission upon all qualifying purchases by a new stylist (your referral)
  4. Tailwind: Pinterest and Instagram scheduling app
  5. Namecheap: A cheap and reliable domain registrar
  6. Creative Live: Online classes in Graphic designing and photography
  7. The Hungry Jpeg: A place for thousands of graphic designing resources
  8. Pic Monkey: High-quality photo editing tool (recommended for professional Pinterest graphics)
  9. Articoolo: Unique content-generating tool
  10. SEO Powersuit: Free SEO resources

Some of my readers are easily forgetting all the ShareASale requirements and I have decided to create a FREE ShareASale Approval Checklist for them to make sure that they have everything in place before they apply. Do you think you can also forget these requirements?

Conclusion

ShareASale is free to join so you have nothing to worry about.

Follow everything in this post and you will easily be approved. There are lots of ways you can use to promote ShareASale products

You can place banners on your site or write reviews and tutorials.

You will also get some affiliate marketing tips inside ShareASale.

All the best!

Have any question(s)? Please feel free to drop a few lines on a comment box below, I am always ready to help you.

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83 thoughts on “How To Be Approved As A ShareASale Affiliate”

  1. Thank you so much Sharon I’d been disapproved and I didn’t know why, I guess it’s about the adult banners . I hope this time I will be approved thanks once again!

  2. hey,
    Nice article. thanks for sharing.
    I live in India. Is it okay to join?
    I am trying to join as an affiliate but got rejected. You have given me good points. Will update and try my luck next time.
    Prasanna

    1. Hi Prasanna
      Yes, you can join ShareASale just be sure to follow all the guidelines in this post. I am sure you will be approved this time. If they keep rejecting please contact me and let me know

        1. Hi Prasanna
          I have visited your blog and it seems you don’t have a Privacy Policy page, I am sure that’s why you aren’t approved. Please add a Privacy Policy page and try to apply again, if you have no idea how to create one, get this free Privacy policy page
          All the best!

          1. Hi Gourav It’s good to have a website first before trying to join Shareasale, they say they accept social media accounts as well but I haven’t heard of anyone who got approved with a social media account so I highly recommend you create your own site

        1. Hi Zameer, is your site live? tried to visit your site several times and I’m only getting this message “This site can’t be reached coupon4brads.com’s server IP address could not be found.” if the ShareASale team is having the same experience then you won’t be approved

          1. Hi Sharon,

            Could you please check my site listchuno.com as I have applied for sharesale but they didn’t approved and i don’t know the reason why.

            thanks
            Ankush

      1. Hey Sharon! I was referred to this website by Adam enfroy. I had applied recently to shareASale and didn’t get accepted and I have followed all the steps that has been communicated in this post.
        Please help me with what can be done. My website is: onlinemoneyway.com

        Thank you

        1. Hi Chandan please try to follow the guidelines that I have provided, I used to check blogs before but now I have tried my best to answer all the questions in this post you can download the checklist to make sure that you don’t forget anything and try to apply again, all the best!

      2. HI

        Could you please check my site myminta.com i tried but they declined my application process. i am happy if you dig out my draw back in detail.
        i expect something that is use full!
        Mintesinot

    2. hey,
      Nice article. thanks for sharing.
      I live in India. Is it okay to join?
      I am trying to join as an affiliate but got rejected. You have given me good points. Will update and try my luck next time.

      Sravan

  3. Thanks for the tips. I was searching for shareasale on google and I found this page I must say your website is very helpful i am planning to start my own affiliate marketing website wish me luck. I have one request can you please write another post about other affiliate programs like CJ affiliate and rakutten? I like your writing style you left no stone unturned. you have earned your #1 fan here lol
    Love from africa
    #Rebecca

    1. Aww, you have made this mama super excited Rebecca! so thrilled for such an honour and am happy you loved this site. Your request IS MY COMMAND I will definitely create posts about those affiliate programs, don’t forget to hit allow on the notification pop up so that you won’t miss any new post

  4. A fascinating discussion is worth comment. I do believe that you ought to write more about this issue, it may not be a taboo subject but typically people do not talk about such issues. To the next! All the best!!

  5. So helpful Sharon, thanks a lot! I have a question tho… I applied to share a sale before I had any blog posts and they rejected me (I totally understand why) but now my blog is complete and there’s no way I can reapply… ugh it’s very frustrating, I even contacted them but no answer. You have any idea what might went wrong?

    1. Hi Seraina
      Sorry for the challenge you are currently facing.Try to contact the ShareASale managers by sending an email or call them directly, I am sure they will respond this time. Make sure you have a privacy policy page, an about page and everything mentioned in this post. All the best!

  6. Hi Sharon Zayac
    I hv been rejected by shareasale twice, bit frustrated and dissapointed.
    Can you please help, plz see my website and tell me what could be the possibility of rejection.
    http://www.supersavoo.com
    looking forward for your expert feedback plz.
    also can you share your email id so I can directly contact you

    1. Hi, Ruhab Sorry I’m not able to review your site now, I will do so as soon as I’m free, for now, grab your free ShareASale Approval checklist and check if there is something missing on your site. My email address is zayac[at]bloggersjungle[dot]com

  7. Well You have shared the signup process here but as I followed the same they approved immediately my application and after 1 working day they have declined it why can you explain it, please?

    1. You are very welcome Tanya, just checked out your blog and I loved it! If you get approved on ShareASale remember Stella and dot it’s a perfect merchant for your fashion blog, and they also offer bonuses

  8. This is a nice post you got here Zayacy, I must say you did extremely well in compiling a list of all this tips for ShareAsale approval.

    Now i have a question, I once applied with my (gmail) address along with my blog which is elochi.com.ng and i was not approved. And, I thought maybe it could be because its a ccLTD domain (.com.ng).

    Please i want to know if they don’t accept any domain extension aside (.com) domains or could that be the cause?

    1. Hi Elochi, I’m not sure if that’s the cause, I think the problem is with the email you used they want business email addresses, try to contact them or apply using your own business email address (under your domain name).Good luck!

  9. Geraldine Dungca

    Hi there Sharon,

    I was just wondering what are the logo sizes that an affiliate can use, those ones that are not from merchants. Ones that an affiliate can create and use in Share A Sale Thank you

  10. Hello,

    I am the owner of an affiliate website acnecureandcare.com and i applied yesterday by following your details and i got rejected.

    my blog is 4 weeks old with 8-10 articles with privacy page, disclaimer , etc.

    What might be the reason for rejection?
    I do not know what else to do!

    1. Hi Muhammad
      I’ve checked out your site, I think ShareASale has some issues with coupon sites. I’m not sure if that’s the reason but most of my readers who were rejected have coupon sites like I said I’m not sure so I will try to find out if ShareASale is still accepting coupon sites or not. I will update the post with the info soon

  11. This was extremely helpful, thank you! I’ve been meaning to do affiliate linking for some time now and finally got around to it. You made it so easy! I was approved immediately 🙂

  12. Hello there!
    Quick question…. Does ShareASale approve Facebook Group blogs without an actual website? I paid for a URL and email address through google daddy but continue to get rejected.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Calie, The last time I checked they wanted a URL that directs to a live website so I’m pretty sure that’s the reason why you’re not approved

  13. Hi

    Thanks for this great content, like others I’ve applied up to 3 times i keep getting the same results that I’m not allowed.

    Pls could it be because of affiliate disclosure because i have one in my footer.

    Or they answers i provided for ways to promote them that’s blocking my chances of getting approved.

    And i even have the custom email address too.

    Please any tips will go a long way.

    1. Hi, are you in a supported country? If you are then try to contact them and ask why they are rejecting your application

  14. Nice and very helpful input, I have done everything as you mentioned but I have applied two times but they ShareAsale is rejecting my application, is there something I am making a mistake? could you please take a look at my blog what is wrong? it is genuinefounder.com.

    Thanks in Advance.

  15. Hi, Thanks for the article. I tried twice, once when my website is under construction and again I tried to apply after finishing the website design and have posted 4 to 5 posts. However, they still have declined. When I asked the help team they said that my website didn’t meet the content guidelines. What that means? Is my content that bad? or Many of the menus and sub menus are still under construction? I want to join now so that I can easily insert the affiliate links, otherwise I have to do all the efforts all over again. Any help will be much appreciated.

  16. hi, i finally got approved by ShareASale all thanks to the guidelines that you put out here. keep going at it and bless us with more tutorials on how to do and use a lot of other stuff, cheers!!!!

  17. Hi Sharon,
    Thank you for the wonderful post. I did go through this as well as all the comments.

    I did apply twice on ShareAsale and got rejected. I read somewhere in the comments about the privacy policy. I don’t have that in place yet. However, I am not sure if that is the only reason.

    Can you check out my website-hatchdiscounts.com
    All the offers and coupons are static. I am waiting for the ShareAsale API to complete the setup.

    Your help is really appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Aman

  18. Hi Zayacy,

    I Just Applied to the ShareASale with my Gmail id and got banned permanently. planning to re-apply with a new Gmail id. thank you so much you saved my time and Gmail id :). going to create a new email id with my website [email protected].

    Thank you.

  19. I enjoyed this article so much. It answered my questions as well as providing information I didn’t even know I needed. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Hi Zayacy, unfortunately my site Couponym.com doesn’t belong from Sharealsale supported countries, but I promote US based stores. I tried thrice times to join network using custom email and gmail id but my application was declined. But once they approved me for one store upon their request, but later one declined. I tried to convince them via soft email but they didn’t change the decision. Other networks such as Linkshare, Flexoffers, Linkconnector and Webgains also declined my application. Need your suggestions for approval in all these networks.

    1. Hi Awais sorry to hear that, unfortunately, I haven’t tried the platforms that you’ve mentioned so I’m not in the right position to tell you what to do but I suggest you read their terms of services carefully and see what your site is missing. As for ShareASale I guess they made up their minds and we can’t do anything about it

      1. I tried every thing, changed theme, used custom email for sign up, mailed them several times, but couldn’t get any positive result. I think you’re right they made up their minds. Now I’m looking for someone who’ve joined Sharesale network and interested in collaboration.

  21. Hi Zayacy, I have read your blog post, and done all that you stated, and yet my site loismelikam.com was declined. I have tried a few times with no luck. Can you check my website loismelikam.com and see if there’s anything missing so that I can implement, as I really do need to approved into shareasale. Thank you

    1. Hi Lois
      I think you have everything you need to get accepted but that’s just me you need to contact them maybe they will tell you why they aren’t accepting you

  22. Haider Ali Shaikh

    Hi Sharon,
    My question is what should we include in affiliate disclosure page?
    and How many niches can an affiliate gets to choose?
    As I am interested in 2 – 3 niches on share a sale. I have not created a website now and planning to create in 1 – 2 business days.
    Please reply as ap
    Thanks,
    Haider Ali

    1. Hi Haider Sorry for a late reply. First, let me answer about niches, It’s a great idea to focus on a single niche so that you can easily build authority and easily get a loyal audience who will trust and purchase whatever you promote and it will speed up your approval (by merchants) because your content will help them decide whether you’ll drive the right customers to them or not unlike if you have a multi-niche blog. But that does mean you can’t have a multi-niche blog, you can, but you’ll have to make sure that you create content equally for each niche.

      As for the affiliate disclosure, the main purpose of it is to inform your readers that you use affiliate links and you will make money if they end up making purchases using aff links. You can download a free affiliate disclaimer page here: Generate free affiliate disclaimer

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