Rakuten Affiliate Network is a popular (CPS) affiliate network which is in the news for their new features which help new users to automate affiliate marketing & increase their sales.
In this guide, you will learn about both the new features of Rakuten Affiliate Network. If you not a publisher with them yet, you can apply for a free account here.
Recently Rakuten (Earlier Link share) launches two new features:
Automate & Curate. Both the features have the potential to increase your affiliate sales.
Automate as the name suggests, will make the Affiliate Marketing automatic for your website or blog. This feature is in particular interest to Bloggers & Website Owners.
To access this feature, you need to login to your Rakuten dashboard & click on Portfolio > Automate.
Here you can get the codes based on the website you have. For BlogSpot bloggers, select the blogger platform & copy paste the script as suggested. For any other platform use, ‘All other platform’ & copy paste the script before the closing body tag at the bottom.
When on, if Automate can not affiliate a link, it will stand down and allow other network scripts to run on the link. When on, your links must be formatted to open in the same tab.
When off, if Automate can not affiliate a link, it will stand down, and your users will be redirected to the URL with no affiliate info even if you have another network auto-linking script installed. When off, links can be opened in a new tab or the same tab. Please ensure no other auto-linking scripts are installed on your site, or they may interfere with Automate.
To place to add the code you can edit your theme or be smart & use Google Tag Manager, which is free & makes your workflow easier.
Note: This deep link feature will work with selected advertisers on their network. You can learn more about the automate feature on official help page over here.
Curate is an interesting one as you can create a products widget that could be placed at any of the areas of your blog or website. For a blogger, placing it around contextual content can yield great results.
From the advertisers I’m affiliated with, Only Udemy supports the Curate feature. You can explore both the features of your own.
I have been an affiliate with Rakuten for almost three years & they are an award-winning affiliate network. If you have a readership from U.S. or U.K., this affiliate network can do wonders for you. Many of you might be interested in Fiverr affiliate program which is available on Rakuten Affiliate Network.
Are you also an affiliate partner with Rakuten? Do share your experience with them or any other affiliate network that you are using.