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    English-Only for ShareASale?
    I have a few sites in Spanish for US-based Spanish-speakers (somewhere between 10 million and 30 million people).

    I think I just saw something on the SAS signup page saying all sites had to be in English (or was that just the merchant?).

    Do they have any restriction's on a site's language and if so, can exceptions be made with an individual merchant's approval?

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    THAT is a very good question.

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    I've renamed the title of this thread, assuming that you truly were talking about ShareASale (based on the forum you posted it in and the content of the post) rather than the other affiliate network that was named. If I'm wrong with my assumption, let me know and we can change it back and move it to whatever forum is most appropriate.
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    I wouldn't even worry about it. Full speed ahead.
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    I would think it was the merchant, and I would think that if you email them they may be very happy to talk to you about serving the Spanish speaking market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelColey
    I've renamed the title of this thread, assuming that you truly were talking about ShareASale (based on the forum you posted it in and the content of the post) rather than the other affiliate network that was named. If I'm wrong with my assumption, let me know and we can change it back and move it to whatever forum is most appropriate.
    d'oh! I must being having linkshare on the brain, they're causing me so much confusion...

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    Hello parkaboy, welcome to ABW

    Quote Originally Posted by parkaboy
    I have a few sites in Spanish for US-based Spanish-speakers (somewhere between 10 million and 30 million people). I think I just saw something on the SAS signup page saying all sites had to be in English (or was that just the merchant?). Do they have any restriction's on a site's language and if so, can exceptions be made with an individual merchant's approval?
    I think this is merchant specific rules, example programs we manage have none and/or will never have any Spanish restrictions. Infact we have always added this line "C - verify that site is not in another language other than English or Spanish" in program's SAS TOS and on our site TOS

    Quote Originally Posted by davidh
    I wouldn't even worry about it. Full speed ahead.
    Totally agree. If you are doing any major ppc or search campaigns might suggest checking with each merchant you are promoting through on any spanish sites, and that is only because some of them might not see the $ potential and after you spent your $ you might get removed from their program or worse they might reverse your sales. Which could be even a bigger dumb move.

    I think if done ethicaly and promoted properly through Spanish sites or even portals like yahoo telemundo ( hint ), any merchant would have a heck of a sales channel that is growing fast and practially and untapped performance based market.


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    I'd love to learn about Spanish-language products

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    a heck of a sales channel that is growing fast
    It's not "growing". It is "already there" and always has been, but has been ignored/neglected all along as well.

    Some merchants brush it off like "oh it's only about 3% of the overall market in the US", but...... to put things into perspective... if they have hundreds of competitors for the English-speaking market, and no competitors accomodating the Spanish-speaking market, that 3% is pretty freakin' huge.

    One time somebody from ORLANDO, FLORIDA, of all places, said it would be hard for them to find and hire bilingual employees. ABSURD!
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    SAS did accepted Spanish
    Here is a page From SAS .

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    I have a few sites in Spanish for US-based Spanish-speakers
    Sign up TODAY, I need that traffic

    Please do drop me an email Chris /at/ amwso \dot\ com , or ABW PM once you're signed up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris - AMWSO
    Sign up TODAY, I need that traffic

    Please do drop me an email Chris /at/ amwso \dot\ com , or ABW PM once you're signed up!

    Cheers

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    Hi Chris, I already signed up with one of your affiliate programs, Western Union (which is on Linkshare, not SAS). I'm just getting started now so we'll see how it goes. It helped in that case that the merchant gets such a huge proportion of its income from spanish-speaking customers.

    How is bangkok? I thought you guys were in colorado?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostdeviant
    I'd love to learn about Spanish-language products
    Any product could be sold to a spanish-speaking market, the only issue is customer service/support. If no one at the merchant speaks spanish and if none of their documentation is in spanish, you really can't market them to the spanish-speaking world, can you? From your point of view, I'd imagine that would send the chargeback rate up when people couldn't get support and couldn't even make a return.

    So basically I've been looking at merchants with websites that have at least a few pages in Spanish, and preferably ones where they can complete the entire order in Spanish.

    I'm just getting started in this, though. Any ideas would be appreciated...

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0707
    SAS did accepted Spanish
    Here is a page From SAS.
    This doesn't say anything about the languages. It does mention countries, but from my previous experience, affiliate applications from websites in languages other English tend to be declined by default. However, there is a way around the default settings and it is to contact the merchant you are thinking of promoting prior to making that application with SaS. Get a hold of the merchant, show them your website, talk to them about your ideas of promoting their product(s)/service(s) at your Spanish-language websie. And only when both you and the merchant are on the same page, apply to SaS, having that merchant back-up your application by e-mailing ShareASale about your plans of working together. Then you'll stand much better chances of being approved.

    If, however, you do get a refusal of your initial application to SaS, do not despair, but get the merchant to contact ShareASale about your situation.

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    Interesting thread --- because --- I just had a site for one of my popular travel markets translated professionally and totally into Spanish. I have talked with two travel merchants about this project, one who is working on getting Spanish-speaking call center agents together and another who approached me (but has since fallen off the ABW radar screen). I also work with another merchant who has a multi-language booking engine available and yet another one who has multi-language hotel descriptions available. I have not taken advantage of these offerings YET - but I will be doing so within the next few weeks...

    Last week I uploaded the "original" files, a replication of the original site, to another server. It actually has an identical name as the original [English site] but a different TLD extension. I now need to go in and replace all of the narrative with the appropriate translations. I also had image captions, menu wording and meta tags translated where appropriate. iI am hoping that by Spring the site appears in the Search Engines as a totally Spanish site. This particular city gets up to 15,000,000 visitors every year ans I KNOW a lot of them will be Spanish-speaking.

    If this indeed works and attracts some Spanish-speaking travelers I'll soon thereafter have a DC site ready to go. I have a market-relevant domain name just waiting to be put to use.

    In summary, GO FOR IT. The market is already here and I am certain some merchants will realize the potential and want to help you capitalize on it. Good luck.

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    Parkaboy,
    We are an exclusive SAS merchant and our program would love to have an affiliate with Spanish language sites. Although we can only ship to the US at the moment, we have dozens of Spanish magazine titles that very few affiliates are marketing right now. Please let me know if you have questions or need any help finding our program or products and I would be glad to help. I am in the process of learning Spanish but I am a long way from anything other than recognizing key words and phrases in conversation. I would think that any merchant would be happy to have you marketing to one of the largest growing segments of our economy, not to mention the millions of potential customers worldwide. Go for it and good luck!
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    I think the English-only restriction is a SAS thing and not a merchant thing, since look what I found at the bottom of David's SAS application:

    http://www.shareasale.com/shareasale...erchantID=6719

    Please Note: Membership applications are reviewed by our staff for acceptance, and you will typically receive an email from us within 24 hours from the time that you confirm your application (by confirmation email). Our Membership Review Team will review your site for the following things in order to accept you into our network:

    * 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
    When did Pat Buchanan start working at SAS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geno Prussakov

    This doesn't say anything about the languages. It does mention countries, but from my previous experience, affiliate applications from websites in languages other English tend to be declined by default. However, there is a way around the default settings and it is to contact the merchant you are thinking of promoting prior to making that application with SaS. Get a hold of the merchant, show them your website, talk to them about your ideas of promoting their product(s)/service(s) at your Spanish-language websie. And only when both you and the merchant are on the same page, apply to SaS, having that merchant back-up your application by e-mailing ShareASale about your plans of working together. Then you'll stand much better chances of being approved.

    If, however, you do get a refusal of your initial application to SaS, do not despair, but get the merchant to contact ShareASale about your situation.

    Geno
    Geno, I was already accepted in the SAS network with a site in English. So, my concern is, am I doing anything risky by using sites in other languages on the network?

    Could a few AMs possibly mention this to SAS as something for them to reconsider?

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    We can talk with Brian about removing or ammending that language. The only restriction we have at the moment is my own language barrier issue but that diminshes daily. (We still don't want porn, or hate sites though) LOL Follow Genos advise in his prior post and you should be OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by parkaboy
    Geno, I was already accepted in the SAS network with a site in English. So, my concern is, am I doing anything risky by using sites in other languages on the network?
    Not as long as you're straight with the content of your websites (i.e. not gearing them towards anything that is agains ShareASale's rules).

    Quote Originally Posted by parkaboy
    Could a few AMs possibly mention this to SAS as something for them to reconsider?
    You've posted this thread in the right forum -- the ShareASale's forum. Brian (the president of SaS) will see it.

    Geno

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    Hi Chris, I already signed up with one of your affiliate programs, Western Union (which is on Linkshare, not SAS). I'm just getting started now so we'll see how it goes. It helped in that case that the merchant gets such a huge proportion of its income from spanish-speaking customers.

    How is bangkok? I thought you guys were in colorado?
    Hiya

    The Debit Card program is on ShareaSale We have Spanish landing pages set up and waiting for you

    Western Union are indeed based in Colorado, but the amwso team managing their programs is in Bangkok (and Nottingham on occasions)

    John handles the WUMT stuff on LS. For the Debit card, that's my domain so feel free to sign up and let me know what you need.

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    Thanks, Chris. I'll definitely look at the debit card program though it will probably be a while until I'm seriously able to consider it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris - AMWSO

    Western Union are indeed based in Colorado, but the amwso team managing their programs is in Bangkok (and Nottingham on occasions)

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    I've been trying for a while to find a way to justify a trip to Thailand as a legitimate business expense...
    There you go, you're all set.... and of course beach side wireless to ensure you're working hard all the time
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