I recently tried out Shareist, a custom curation site that makes it quick and easy to setup an affiliate site, and I would recommend it to any affiliate marketers.
If you are not familiar with the concept of curation, it’s essentially where you act as a gatekeeper and share content that matters to you and your audience, as well as providing your commentary on the content.
There is a good book called Curation Nation by Steve Rosenbaum if you’d like to get a better understanding.
Anyhow, Shareist was created by a team that includes Scott Jangro, who has been an affiliate marketer for many years, and the platform has a variety of tools and features that make it easy to create an affiliate site.
I recently started a WordPress blog to pull together information for the affiliate marketing community in Austin, TX at atxaffiliates.com.
I was finding that I didn’t have much to write about on a regular basis. So the domain was pretty static. I was posting about monthly affiliate marketing meetups in Austin, but not much else.
I started playing around with Shareist a week ago, and I really liked the ease of use. In a matter of about a half hour, I’d created my profile and populated the site with lots of quality, relevant content.
In addition to pulling in content, I’ve created a list of my favorite business books with the Shareist list tool.
This is one type of affiliate application for Shareist, as you can enter an Amazon affiliate ID in the admin area, and then any Amazon link you curate will turn into your affiliate link.
There is also an ad management area where you can run affiliate ads, affiliate link management section, a nice amount of reporting, and the ability to import a WordPress blog.
Shareist is in closed beta for now. If you’d like to try it out, you can submit your name and email to get alerted when they open up more spots.
Check out Shareist at shareist.com.