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    How much does Linkshare/CJ charge each merchant?
    Do the networks cut a slice of affiliates' commission as well?

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    Generally, networks charge merchants a network fee that is either a percent of sales (usually 2-3%) or a percent of commissions paid (usually 20-30%), subject to a monthly minimum that varies from $25 (at ShareASale) to several thousand dollars (at CJ, LinkShare or GAN). For the right merchants, the exact rates can be negotiable.
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    a monthly minimum that varies from $25 (at ShareASale)
    Is that a "monthly minimum", or is it "minimum deposit"? Some merchants have been out of business for several years but stayed live on Shareasale by virtue of the fact that their deposit had not yet been depleted when they shut down. It doesn't make sense that a merchant would continue to pay a monthly fee for their affiliate program to stay live, when they aren't even paying hosting and domain renewal fees to have a site up and running.
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    That's the monthly minimum network fees (after the grace period), as listed here. It's possible that there are merchants who were grandfathered in with lower (or no) fees, or that they have balances that keep them live perpetually. In any case, I'm sure if you contact SAS about the out of business merchants, that they would remove them.
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    The real problem with that is not the ones that are out of business, but the ones that still are in business. A merchant with a program on Shareasale can remove the tracking pixel from their confirmation page and get away with free traffic for years.

    I know, I know.... the response to that is going to be "so don't promote those merchants then". But any other network would get run up a flagpole here for that. When it comes to Shareasale, it's all backpats and blind eyes from the SAS fan club at Abestweb.
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    David, the fact that SAS generally is well-regarded doesn't mean anyone turns a blind eye, and I know for a fact that there have been many discussion threads regarding the issue of SAS merchants whose programs are listed as active but with zero-EPC and without any sales for years, and of course regarding the merchants whose tracking has been disabled.

    The problem, of course, is that it's hard for publishers to know for certain that the merchant has disabled tracking -- the other quite likely possibility is that these merchants simply aren't converting the prospects who click on ads on publishers' sites. (Sometimes tracking problems are either "intermittent" or occur only with certain types of transactions -- for example, the merchant may fail to implement the tracking code across multiple payment options (Google Checkout, Amazon Payments, PayPal, etc.).

    What is important to recognize is that ShareASale is generally much more transparent on this issue than other publishers. It's also worth noting that with its lower minimum-fee structure, SAS hasn't allocated adequate resources to proper "auditing" of zero-EPC merchants, and its low monthly minimum fee also extends the time before a merchant program runs out of funds.

    Bottom line: this is a frequent topic of discussion on ABW, and SAS doesn't get a free pass at all.

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