The overall layout of the ShareASale website I have always found to be a bit outdated. There are many buttons and features that are not very useful while features that are needed on a daily basis are not very easy to find. It takes a while to figure out where everything is, but once you get the hang of it, it is pretty straight forward.
Once you have been accepted to one of the programs, you will be able to get links to help promote certain products. For example, you may put them on your website and if customers order a product through your link, you get a percentage of the sale. The process of getting links is ok, but can be cumbersome as the search feature does not always include information like item numbers. Also I have found the catalog for new items often takes 24hours or more to update with new products which can be frustrating when you are trying to promote new products.
ShareASale does offer tracking statistics so you can see your traffic and sales. After your sales have been approved, you will be paid by direct deposit. Payments are once a month as long as you have met a minimum payout amount.
After having worked with ShareASale for about a year, I have mixed feelings on it. It can depend a lot on which merchants you are working for in the program. The one I have worked for has not been very good with communication. In the beginning I had several unanswered emails, however the communication has improved as of late. Also I have found many of my sales overturned each month with little reason to support these action. I have worked with other affiliate programs and partners who I have had better experience with in terms of communication and transparency with sales.
When it comes to affiliate marketing, there are not many options as you pretty much have to go with the network that is hosting the partner you wish to work with. I have found the best options are usually affiliate programs that are independent and do not have to go through a 3rd party or network.
If you are looking to become an affiliate marketer, I recommend first finding companies you like or know a lot about and then see if they have a program like this. Most online stores and businesses will have some kind of affiliate program like this available to join. Good luck and feel free to leave any comments or questions below on ShareASale or affiliate marketing.