ShareASale's complete pricing & fees
- Joining fee: $625 (non-refundable)
- Deposit amount: $125 minimum
- Tracking fee: 20% of commission
- Monthly platform fee: $35
Understanding ShareASale's minimum deposit and alternate deposit amount
When starting an account with ShareASale, there is a one-time, non-refundable joining fee of $625. You will also be asked to make a minimum deposit of $125 into the account that we will use to pay affiliate commissions and ShareASale tracking fees.
As sales are made on your website and commissions are paid out, the commissions will be deducted from your account balance and held in corresponding accounts for those ShareASale affiliate. These payments are not finalized or “locked” until the 20th of the month following the date of the sale, giving you anywhere from 20-50 days to review every transaction.
The $625 joining fee plus the minimum deposit of $125 means the total minimum starting cost on ShareASale for a merchant is $750.
PRO TIP: The $125 minimum is just that – a minimum. You can set this amount higher if you want. This is especially important for those companies with high-ticket items or higher volume sites.
In addition to ShareASale’s setup fees, every merchant is charged a recurring tracking fee and monthly platform fee. The tracking fee occurs when a qualified transaction is generated. This fee is equal to 20% of the commission amount (set by you) that is paid out to the affiliate and is calculated for each transaction.
As well as the 20% tracking fee, ShareASale charges a $35 recurring monthly platform fee for access to the platform. This fee will begin one month after the date in which your program went live on ShareASale, and you will continue to be billed for the monthly platform fee on that date. For example, if your merchant program was launched on January 1, your monthly platform fee would then continue to be billed on the 1st of every month moving forward.
Using auto deposit
ShareASale gives you the option to attach a credit card to your account during setup so the balance never goes below $0. This is important to note, because if your account balance falls to $0 or below, your merchant program will temporarily go offline until the funds are replenished.
Using auto deposit communicates to affiliates they will have the opportunity to earn commissions because your program will never be offline. An offline status means affiliates have inactive links. Inactive links equal a negative user experience. A negative user experience leads to upset affiliates. Upset affiliates risks unsuccessful affiliate partnerships.
By attaching a credit card to your account, you can avoid the above headaches so, when your account reaches a low balance trigger, it will refill to an amount you specify.
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