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  1. #1
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    Just Signed up with SAS, will be DECLINED?
    Hi, folks,

    From now on, I will spend some time with you.

    Have just signed up with SAS as a complete newbie. Half one month back, I decided to start from datafeed. CJ charges for $200. Some friend here suggest SAS. However, it still seems like a chicken-and-egg story.

    1st, I need datafeed to populate my website.
    2nd, Sign up is required to get the feed.
    3rd, Sign up application is pending approval of SAS. They make a decision on whether you have a WORKING website.

    As I didn't find datafeed, I used a 20 records datafeed from Frank, who is an affiliate of WebMerge.

    I don't know whether my application would be declined with my website looks like this.

    Anyone has similar experience? Let's share share.

    regards
    David

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    ABW Ambassador Ron Bechdolt's Avatar
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    David,

    If you are an affiliate at SAS, the merchants approve you for datafeeds. I'm not sure what SAS does when new affiliates apply, but from the merchant end we either have our accounts set on auto approve or manual approve. Once approved for a merchant program, then you can request FTP access, if they have a datafeed.

    Regardless, it's the weekend and you might not see much happing until Monday from anyone.
    Ron Bechdolt | Affiliate Program Management Consultant
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  3. #3
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    I've never been able to get my head round this chicken and egg situation.

    Say I discover a new niche, buy the domain then look I'll for specific products/merchants to promote.

    But the merchants / network will decline me if I haven't got a functioning site.

    So I create a site fill it up with whatever rubbish I can find just to make it look pretty. Now I can apply to the merchant .

    Finally I have to delete all the temporary pages and start again with the content I wanted in the first place.

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    You could always email the merchant and tell them you are building a new site and what your intentions are. Chances are they will approve you.

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    You can start out with pages all set up, including proper navigation, and some text and page titles on each page. There has to be some kind of site when applying for the network. Sure, you can email merchants individual once you're in the network, but you have to be accepted by the network first.

    Once accepted into SAS it takes merchant approval to get feeds by FTP, but you can grab them without.

    So I create a site fill it up with whatever rubbish I can find just to make it look pretty. Now I can apply to the merchant .

    Finally I have to delete all the temporary pages and start again with the content I wanted in the first place.
    So are you saying that the only text on your site will be what the merchants provide in their feeds? And that there will be no other text besides that, nothing at all?

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    Hi; I agree with Pork chops, most AM's will approve u if you have a site. I will also approve you without a site if you comunicate with me and tell me what your up to.

    I am sure most am's will agree. be straight with the managers and you will always get what you desire.

    AM"s want affiliates that produce and the affiliate wants a product that sells.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webworker
    So are you saying that the only text on your site will be what the merchants provide in their feeds? And that there will be no other text besides that, nothing at all?
    If I'm creating a very niche site where the product is only available from one supplier. It would not be affective use of my time to research the niche and create many pages of copy before I can guarantee to have a product available to monetize the site .

    From my experience however I have had no problems with individual merchants it is the networks that appear to be the problem.

    Most networks have a text box in their merchant application page that allows you to add a small justifaction of your need to include a particular merchant in a particular site. The applications to join the networks themselves do not have that facility or if they do they disregard it.

  8. #8
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    Just got a message from SAS one minute ago. My application to be a member was DECLINED.

    Here is their reply. Don't know what to do now.

    ===========================================

    Thank you for your application to shareasale.com

    Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to accept your site for membership.



    The website listed on your application was: www.digital-products-review.com

    Generally, our membership team looks for the following qualities in a site:

    Quality Site Design
    Top-Level-Domain (i.e., www.yourdomainname.com) (not required but recommended)
    Website Language (We only accept sites in English)
    Prospective ability of your site to drive traffic to our Merchants
    Any illegal, porn, hate, etc... on your site, or on sites that you link to
    Other misc. factors
    Your site also must be up and operational (viewable) in order for us to approve you

    (You can re-apply at any time if you choose to)

    You must have a valid web site or email address/list to participate in this program.
    If you do not have a website, you can visit http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=7247&U=178&M=2431 for low cost web hosting and registration.



    -Shareasale.com Support

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    The Seal of Aproval rematt's Avatar
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    Your site also must be up and operational (viewable) in order for us to approve you
    sinpeople, I just visited your site and was somewhat confused. Your site name is digital-products-review however I didn't find any digital products on your site. Instead you have categories of Baby Bedding, Beatrix Potter, Cardew Teapots, Clayworks, Wildlife Sculptures etc. They may be a little confused about what you site is about.

    Also none of the images in the other product categories are loading for me. You may want to clean these things up and reapply.

    Just my opinion.

    -rematt
    "I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant." - Richard Nixon

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    The affiliate links aren't valid anyway, there's no PID number it's a generic.

    Anyway, for a review site for digital products there's no reason why useful content can't be developed. You do NOT have to have affiliate links on a site to have helpful information on it, and once there's some up, it'll look like a legitimate site and likely be accepted.

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    If you have a functioning site, any functioning site, join under that site and add those you're building later. You can still attempt to join merchants even if the site's you're working on aren't yet in your profile. As mentioned, if a merchant declines you, drop them an email explaining why you're joining and where they can see the more relevant site under construction.
    Eathan Mertz

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