Shareist Changing the Way Bloggers Profit

As an affiliate manager or merchant it’s important to be aware of different tools available to affiliates in their efforts to share information and monetize their sites.

 

shareist log in page

Shareist homepage and log in hub

This week I had a walk through of a new tool for bloggers (still in Beta) called Shareist, which was created by co-founders Scott Jangro and Demien Arlabosse of MechMedia, Inc.

“We originally created this for ourselves in order to better manage our own content curation. However over the last few years it has evolved into so much more.” says co-founder Scott Jangro.

Jangro and Arlabosse were gracious enough to walk me through a demo of their product and answer my many questions. I wanted to find out just how good this tool was going to be. Was it something I wanted to recommend to my affiliates and something I would even consider using myself. My decision? Absolutely.

 

If Hootsuite, WordPress, Skimlinks, Google Analytics and Evernote were to have a love child, it would be this.

 

Shareist manage pages dashboard

Shareist Dashboard for Managing Pages

Shareist incorporates everything you would need to manage your blogging platform, content curation, social sharing, affiliate links, tracking and measurement and note taking, then quickly and easily share that information online. If you’re looking for a great YouTube video to post on your page – do it directly in Shareist. If you’d like to manage multiple Facebook and Twitter accounts (not to mention about 10 other social channels) – do it directly in Shareist. If you’d like to monetize your links for something you’ve already posted about in the past, Shareist will automatically add your affiliate tracking link inside the post.

Most importantly, Shareist works as a wonderful tool for tracking thoughts, notes and links from various touch points online. Then, when you’re ready to share your page, just make it public and you have a fully functional blog post that can be monetized.

 

Shareist Analytics show Visitor Count

Shareist Analytics screenshot showing Visitor Count

So how does this help make bloggers more profitable?

An enormous saving of time makes the average hourly earnings higher. If you’re going to spend 3 hours on a blog post using WordPress on it’s own and variety of other tools, and you make $60 profit from that post, you just made $20 per hour. Instead, if you used Shareist to accomplished the same thing in just an hour, then you just made three times more.

Since Shareist is currently still in Beta you can currently subscribe and give it a try for free. Like it says right on their site, “it’s like a notebook, but awesomer”.

 

How to Effectively Reach & Engage Bloggers from #AMDays

It’s Day 2 of the new Affiliate Management Days conference and I’m stepping into a session called How to Effectively Reach & Engage Bloggers presented by Jenny Williams of Skimlinks.

Here are my major takeaways from this session:

  • Skimlinks has over 20,000 publishers that use the Skimlinks technology to help monetize their blogs and content sites leveraging “skim words”.
  • Who is a blogger? There are hundreds of thousands of blogs about every topic you can imagine (entrepreneurial bloggers, marketing bloggers, community bloggers, etc)
  • Bloggers are valuable because they create a huge long tail of influencers who can account for a large portion of your affiliate sales.
  • You can use google analytics, Alexa, google alerts, competitor back links to find potential blogging partners
  • You can engage bloggers by matching your brands and target demographics, speaking to them like “people” vs a company
  • “Don’t just get in touch with us when you want something. Talk to us on Twitter, engage with us. Be kind to us. Have manners. Thats all we want”
  • The #1 influencer of a blogger is other blogs they read followed by conversation with their friends followed by the media.
  • 81% of bloggers use Facebook to promote their blog
  • Help amplify your bloggers by reposting articles that your bloggers have written about you. It helps you both.
  • Go beyond written content – Video blogs are becoming more and more popular. (ie: @HannahRoseKeys)
  • Feel bloggers with opportunities (ie: competitions, samples, unique codes, increased commission rates, tools such as widgets and store fronts, videos, high res jpegs, attractive banners, etc)
  • Not a lot of bloggers are tech savvy, so working with Skimlinks is a great solution for them to monetize their links
Bottom line I took from this session: there is a huge incremental sales opportunity working with bloggers, but be sure to give them tools, ammunition and a relationship if you hope to work with them successfully and really leverage their audience and skill sets.

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