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    Newbie joshtck's Avatar
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    Query about picking Shareasale
    So in the process of becoming a merchant I am looking at networks.

    Do I have this correct about SAS? (Perhaps that should be in the SAS forum, but says it's for affiliate support)

    Merchant specifics seem in short supply when investigating on their site. Seems like good things to know before one gets deep into the sign up process.

    1. SAS pays affiliates so merchant doesn't have to deal with it. Does SAS pay merchant also? I read something from a years old post about having to write a check to SAS so they can pay affiliates. That doesn't sound right.

    2. I have to use my own shopping cart system for sales, and SAS tracks it?
    I'm not clear about the system they use for the actual sale/purchase of my items.

    Or, for instance, if I use pay pal for all my sales, do I then pay SAS and they pay my affiliates?

    3. They pay affiliates on the 20th. If they pay the Merchants, when does that happen?

    4. And it looks like they are now allowing tool bars, with some level of policy protection. Hmmmm.

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    Perhaps this will help answer some of your questions...

    http://shareasale.com/merchantfaq.cfm
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    SAS does not pay merchants, (except in the rare case they recruit other merchants)

    You pre-pay SAS and affiliate commissions are paid from the money deposited in your SAS account, if your balance goes below zero you'll tick off affiliates and your program will go offline.

    You as the merchant makes the sale, before your program goes live on SAS you’ll be required to add a line of tracking code to your final checkout screen.

    The code will trigger notification of the sale to SAS, which will then calculate the commission which is then deducted from your account.

    The faqs for the merchants are here : http://www.shareasale.com/merchantfaq.cfm

    The Merchant Terms of service are located here: http://www.shareasale.com/ShareASale...ement-2008.pdf

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    Newbie joshtck's Avatar
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    Thanks guys.

    No, the FAQ doesn't answer my questions at all. They seem very overview.

    The terms on pdf though, useful.

    New questions:

    1. With a network set up like SAS, how do merchants usually then pay SAS? Send a check? something like paypal? Can you direct deposit the other direction?

    2. Is the balance they keep to pay affiliates pulled from a credit card?

    3. Is that balance pulled from with each tracked sale real time, or somewhere around the 20th?

    I mean, if you had a 100$ balance and did a bunch of sales, how would you up the balance before your links were deactivated?

    4. Are there just more details hidden somewhere I haven't seen yet? Wouldn't merchants (especially new ones like me) want to know these things before signing up? Am I missing something?

    Thank you so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCBerries
    SAS does not pay merchants, (except in the rare case they recruit other merchants)

    You pre-pay SAS and affiliate commissions are paid from the money deposited in your SAS account, if your balance goes below zero you'll tick off affiliates and your program will go offline.

    The Merchant Terms of service are located here: http://www.shareasale.com/ShareASale...ement-2008.pdf

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    It is suggested that as a merchant you sign up with "auto deposit". You make your initial deposit. As sales are made the commissions come out of this deposit; when your balance drops to a certain level, additional funds are then deposited automatically using what ever funding source you signed up with. This ensures you always have funds for commissions and you will usually not go off line because of lack of funds.

    Many affiliates will only work with auto deposit merchants. Make sure your funding levels are high enough and have a backup funding source. Monitor it so you know if you need to raise levels to avoid issues.

    I know credit cards are used, and I would assume direct withdrawal but not sure. Not sure about PayPal, I know we don't get paid that way
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshtck
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    4. And it looks like they are now allowing tool bars, with some level of policy protection. Hmmmm.
    Here is some discussion about that issue:
    How Adware/Parasites hurt everyone:

    BTW - BUY.AT and AvantLink are two networks with a strickt "No ToolBars" Policy.

    Good luck with the launch of your program.
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    Affiliate commissions are taken from your merchant balance as affiliate sales occur. I don't understand why you think Shareasale pays you? Your shopping cart takes the order, the only part that Shareasale is involved with is the affiliate commission. Shareasale tracks the sale, not collects the payments. When a sale is tracked that was made by an affiliate, your Shareasale account balance is reduced by the amount of the affiliate commission and the Shareasale transaction fee.

    Shareasale pays the affiliates on the 20th of each month for the prior month's sales.

    You as a merchant fund your account via credit card or paypal or electronic check. You are responsible for keeping enough money in your merchant account to cover your affiliate commissions. If your balance drops to zero (or below) your links stop working.

    Shareasale tracks sales and pays affiliates, you still use your own shopping cart to make the sales and collect your payments for your products. You add their tracking to your shopping cart's confirmation page.
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    When you signup you go through a setup wizard where, among other things, you are asked what shopping cart you use. There is a huge list of shopping carts.Once you pick the shopping cart you use from the list you get a tracking code and instructions where and how to implement it on your site.

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    Newbie joshtck's Avatar
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    Thank you mellie, and loxly. I appreciate it.
    Thanks Bill, I was all over the parasite/toolbar stuff the last couple days. I rate myself as being on the 'toolbars are bad' side of things.


    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    I don't understand why you think Shareasale pays you?
    Because it is not abundantly clear on their pre-sign up website. Because there are bits about the workings of SAS spread out on ABW, and I wasn't sure.

    And unless there's a better way of finding this kind of info out about SAS, Avantlink, and Buy.at (probably I just don't know what way yet) I am asking for info and clarification here.

    I have had no response from Buy.at and just queried Avantlink yesterday.

    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    Shareasale tracks the sale, not collects the payments. When a sale is tracked that was made by an affiliate, your Shareasale account balance is reduced by the amount of the affiliate commission and the Shareasale transaction fee.

    Shareasale tracks sales and pays affiliates, you still use your own shopping cart to make the sales and collect your payments for your products. You add their tracking to your shopping cart's confirmation page.
    Got it. That is clear. Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    You as a merchant fund your account via credit card or paypal or electronic check. You are responsible for keeping enough money in your merchant account to cover your affiliate commissions. If your balance drops to zero (or below) your links stop working.
    Got it. So one best have a lot of room on a credit card, if one hopes for good sales and uninterrupted live links.

    New Question:

    Does Avantlink and Buy.at also track and auto-deposit this way?



    P.S. I apologize if I seem pushy at all, and I'm on a mission to move my business forward and am a bit frustrated that all the info and detail I want is not as readily available as I would like. So for the short term I'm going to do some pushing and trust you all to love me enough to indulge my desire to learn and understand.

    P.S.S. I am in the process of hiring an OPM to consult/help prepare the launch, and I'm continuing to push to educate myself so I know what I'm talking about, and what he's talking about, and, you know, knowledge is power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill-VendoQ
    When you signup you go through a setup wizard where, among other things, you are asked what shopping cart you use. There is a huge list of shopping carts.Once you pick the shopping cart you use from the list you get a tracking code and instructions where and how to implement it on your site.

    Good. Thank you.

    I haven't been signing up or applying because I don't know which one I want to go with yet. Is signing up/applying the best way to get all the details?

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    The best way would be to make a list of what you want to know and call or email shareasale

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill-VendoQ
    The best way would be to make a list of what you want to know and call or email shareasale
    I like best ways. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshtck

    P.S.S. I am in the process of hiring an OPM to consult/help prepare the launch, and I'm continuing to push to educate myself so I know what I'm talking about, and what he's talking about, and, you know, knowledge is power.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I cannot thank you enough for striving to educate yourself before you jump in. More should follow your example.

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    You're welcome

    ABW has been a huge resource. I appreciate your participation.

    Because I found ABW I'm confident I can get off to a good start. And I'm shooting for a great start -and- follow through.

    Quote Originally Posted by ProWebAddict
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I cannot thank you enough for striving to educate yourself before you jump in. More should follow your example.

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    Network selection will be something that your OPM should help you out with. They should be familiar with the networks already, or should have the contacts to quickly get you the information you need.
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    Thanks to everyone who helped out with questions regarding ShareASale... it's great to be part of a knowledgeable community

    joshctk,

    If you have any questions that you'd like answered directly from ShareASale, please feel free to contact us either by phone or email and we'll be happy to answer them. Our sales team is in the office Monday thru Friday.
    Thanks,

    Brian Littleton
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    Great. Talk to you soon.

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