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ShareaSale vs LinkShare

Updated on May 8, 2013

The Difference Between Advertisers and Publishers

Advertisers are individuals or websites that promote links on their website or blog to earn a commission. Commission can be earned by a variety of ways such as pay-per-sale and pay-per-lead (usually a free trail).

Publishers are the people and companies that pay you commission for the sales or leads that you bring them. Depending on the program, some publishers give hundreds of dollars for a sale, while others do a percentage of the sale.

Amount of Publishers and Categories

ShareASale has a total of 3,882 programs (3,742 in pay-per-sale and 318 in pay-per-lead). On the other hand, LinkShare has only 1,232 affiliate programs available. That is 3 times less than ShareASale. Personally, I prefer to have a higher availability of programs.

Here are what categories each one has available:


  • Accessories (cosmetics, jewelry, shoes, fragrance)
  • Art, Music, and Photography
  • Auction Services
  • Automotive
  • Books and Media
  • Business
  • Careers and Employment
  • Clothing
  • Commerce and Classifieds
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Domain Names
  • Education
  • Family
  • Financial
  • Food and Drink
  • Freebies
  • Games and Toys
  • Gaming and Lotto
  • General Web Services
  • Gifts
  • Gourmet
  • Green
  • Health
  • Home and Garden
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Military
  • Moving and Moving Supplies
  • Online Dating Services
  • Real Estate
  • Recreation
  • Search Engine Submission
  • Shopping Malls
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Travel
  • Web Hosting
  • Weddings
  • Webmaster Tools


  • Auto
  • Business and Career
  • Clothing and Accessories
  • Computer and Electronics
  • Department Store
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Drink
  • Games and Toys
  • Gifts and Flowers
  • Health and Beauty
  • Hobbies and Collectibles
  • Home and Living
  • Internet and Online
  • Mature and Adult
  • Miscellaneous
  • Office
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Telecommunications
  • Travel

Does It Cost Anything To Join

You can sign-up for as an affiliate and start earning money right away, it's free to join both programs. However, if you are thinking about signing up as an publisher, than you might want to contact them, as there might be a fee.

Payment Options

LinkShare offers two payment options for United States residents; mailed check or direct deposit. You must have at least $1 in your account to be eligible for payment for that month.

ShareASale offers the same payment options for United States residents. However, you must have a minimum of $50 to be eligible to receive your funds.

Which affiliate program do you like better?

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I would recommend signing up and using both services for the best possible earnings. However, I love LinkShare better because it looks cleaner and easier to use.

Where To Sign-Up

To sign-up for ShareASale or to learn more about their program, please click here.

To sign-up for LinkShare or to learn more about their program, please click here.

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