ShopYourLikes team members Chelsea and Michael sit down to chat about everything you need to know about the ShopYourLikes platform, whether you’ve been using it for a while, or you just signed up.
Who is ShopYourLikes
Connexity, the parent company of ShopYourLikes, has been working with retailers for more than 20 years. Some of our owned and operated websites include Shopzilla, Bizrate, and Price Grabber. We have a huge publisher network—we power shopping for Yahoo and Google. When we saw the opportunity to get into the influencer space, we launched ShopYourLikes. Since then, we have grown to have over 1500 influencers and over 150 retailers today. The way our relationships work with our retailers is that any traffic that our influencers send to their website, the influencers will be paid per click on their links. This is where we differ from our competitors—we are the only influencer monetization platform that pays per click. However, we are still a performance-based platform, so we ultimately want our influencers to drive sales as well as traffic. If you are able to drive sales, your earnings per click will increase.
Holiday pricing increase
Since we’re in Q4, we are able to increase pricing per click for all of our ShopYourLikes users. ShopYourLikes users can expect to see an increase in price per click by up to 10% throughout this week, and as high as 30% through Black Friday. This is a great opportunity to maximize your earnings and pull as many links as you can.
How do I get paid?
There are two simple things that you need to keep in mind. First, is that we pay on a net 45, meaning that you will receive your payment 45 days after the first of the month. Be sure to link your PayPal to your ShopYourLikes account so that we can pay you out seamlessly.
Do all the retailers pay the same?
No, it varies with each retailer depending on their budgets. For the most part, it will stay consistent. If you are driving strong sales to a certain retailer, we may consider raising your earnings per click.
What does it mean when a retailer is offline?
Retailers can come offline for a couple different reasons. Sometimes we’ll have retailers come offline at the end of the month because they run out of their budget. Another reason could be if you send a bunch of traffic to a retailer, but no sales have been converted, they may hold off until the influencer can prove to have a better performance score and can drive more sales.
How do I analyze my performance?
We have a performance score on the ShopYourLikes dashboard. Typically, anything above a 70 is really good and you may be able to start earning more per click. Don’t get discouraged if you are below a 70, there is always room for improvement and ways to increase your score.
How to I maximize my earnings during the holiday season?
Most of your followers do the majority of their shopping in the weeks leading up to the holiday season, so it’s a really important time for you as an influencer to be pulling your links and sharing important sales with your followers. Another good way to maximize earnings is to almost double the amount of content you’re publishing. So if you’re an influencer who only posts a few links per week, try posting a few links per day, of course while keeping it organic and natural. Gather feedback from your audience using the poll feature on Instagram stories—you can get to know your followers better, engage with them, and deliver the best content possible that they want to see so that they’ll be more likely to click. Additionally, track your top performing products and retailers, as well as the best days for you to post to make the most of your content and links.
Can I earn on CPA and not CPC?
We are a CPC (cost per click) network, and we’re the only CPC network out there! This is good news for you because you’ll be earning 2-3 times more on the CPC model than the CPA model. Because we are performance-based and we track all of your performance, we are going to be paying you out for that.
How can I use ShopYourLikes to promote my channel on YouTube?
You can generate ShopYourLikes links and publish them on any platform—Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook—where you have an active, engaged audience. If YouTube is a successful platform for you, we urge you to share ShopYourLikes product links in the video descriptions!
How long does it take to show clicks in my dashboard?
We make it really easy to track your progress—clicks show on your dashboard after 24 hours.
Can I send traffic to a retailer that is offline?
No. Whenever you make a link, triple check that the earnings per click is there. This way, you can adjust your content and ensure you will still get paid.
Can we hop on a call with you to talk about how to improve?
Absolutely! We would love to talk with you about our platform and how you can improve.
How does the Link Generator work?
To generate a link, find the product you want to link online. Just copy the URL and paste it into the Link Generator, and there you go! You can copy and paste the finished ShopYourLikes link to any social platform where you have an active and engaged audience. It will also let you know how much you will be earning per click with that link.
I want to use a retailer that is not currently with ShopYourLikes. Can I send it to you so you can get them signed up?
Absolutely! We want to hear from you which retailers will add the most value to your content and your audience. We are always looking to improve!
Any tips on promoting things more organically?
Getting to know your audience and being as genuine as possible with them is a great way to earn their trust and share products with them that they truly care about. Take advantage of Instagram stories to engage with your followers and ultimately drive more sales and engagement.
What’s the best way to find active retailers?
The easiest way is to, once you’ve pulled your link, you’ll be able to see the earnings per click you will receive. If you see that the amount if $0, that means the retailer is offline. You can also go into the Active Merchants section of your ShopYourLikes account and there you’ll find all of our active retailers in alphabetical order. Any retailers you do not see on the list are not a part of our network or are offline. You can select your favorites and add them to a separate list for a quick find later. We do try to communicate with our influencers as much as possible, so we do notify you if one of our retailers has come off or online.
How big is your company?
Connexity, our parent company, has been around for over 20 years, so we have grown to be a team of 500 people worldwide. The ShopYourLikes team is relatively small at about 10 people. We are growing very quickly though!
If you have any more questions, shoot us an email at email@example.com, or use our live chat feature on our website. Don’t forget to tag #SYLikes to show us your amazing content and for a chance to be featured on our Insta!