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Shareasale or Google Affiliate Network (as a Merchant)

3:35 am on Jan 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I've pretty much decided that an affiliate program is the way to go with promotion of my small niche store. I won't list my site but it's outdoor furniture of a certain type. Anyway, the niche receives about 150K searches a month so not tiny but not gigantic.

Google Affiliate Network and Shareasale have a similar barrier to entry cost-wise.

Google Affiliate Network
- $1000 Implementation Fee
- $1000 Deposit For Duration of Contract
- Minimum $500 a month in revenue for Google
- 6 Month Contract with exclusivity

ShareaSale (cheaper option)
- $550 implementation Fee
- No Deposit
- Minimum $25 a month

Here's my question:

Which is a better option for a niche store money not being a factor?

Any results would be appreciated or merchant comparisons of the two. I know it's a big decision and wanted to post here so I didn't look up in a few months and say, "well, I should have gone with the other"

Thanks for your help!

3:17 pm on Jan 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I can only answer as an affiliate (I belong to both GAN and SaS).

I prefer SaS, they provide more tools for affiliates. GAN recently cast off many affiliate members by forcing them to apply for Adsense accounts for payment.