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Individual requirements for categories in ShareASale feed

· 7 min read
Oleksii Tyshkevych
Eugen Barilyuk

If you want rapid revenue growth for your store the ShareASale is a suitable tool for the task. This affiliate network has generated 194 million sales in 2021, which resulted in $16 billion revenue for merchants.

All you need to start on ShareASale is a product feed - a file with the information on your products, including prices, availability, size, color, etc.

ShareASale marketplace has a typical product feed in a CSV format. However, placing your products exactly into categories they belong to may be troublesome if you want to map categories manually. Here is how OmegaCommerce Shopping Feed solves the problem for you.

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A product feed for ShareASale requires a tedious process of choosing the category and subcategory. This is not a problem if you sell one type of products. However, specifying categories accordingly to the ShareASale requirements will require a lot of time for merchants who sell multiple types of products.

Of course, we couldn't leave our customers without a technical solution. Omega Shopping Feeds app simplifies the ShareASale feed generation to a few clicks.

What is ShareASale

ShareASale is a large North American service that connects merchants and news/blog web site owners in order to promote their products. This approach is called affiliate marketing.

Part of the Axel Springer and United Internet Groups the ShareASale is used by more than 21 200 merchants who promote their products on more than 241 000 publisher sites.

The affiliate marketing group ShareASale belongs to generated $16 billion in revenue for merchants and $1.3 billion for its publishers globally.

How the category mapping in ShareASale feed became easy

Any eCommerce store can join ShareASale by providing a product feed, which is an ordinary feed file in CSV format. But the ShareASale requirements to category mapping makes creating it rather tedious.

The marketplace requires for each product to have a Category and a Subcategory. ShareASale provides a list of allowed values for each of these two data fields. A product feed should contain the data for Category and Subcategory only from that list.

Typically the Category and Subcategory are strings, however ShareASale accepts only integer values for these data fields from lists below:

ShareASale product categories

The following integer values represent product categories on Shareasale.com:

  • 1: Art/Media/Performance
  • 2: Auto/Boat/Plane
  • 3: Books/Reading
  • 4: Business/Services
  • 5: Computer
  • 6: Electronics
  • 7: Entertainment
  • 8: Fashion
  • 9: Food/Beverage
  • 10: Gifts/Specialty
  • 11: Home/Family
  • 16: Metaphysical
  • 17: Parts/Equipment
  • 12: Personal Care
  • 13: Sports/Outdoors
  • 14: Toys/Games
  • 15: Travel
ShareASale subcategories

The following integer values correspond to a ShareASale product subcategory:

  • Art/Media/Performance Subcategories
    • 1: Art
    • 2: Photography
    • 3: Posters/Prints
    • 4: Music
    • 5: Music Instruments
    • 187: Art Supplies
  • Auto/Boat/Plane Subcategories
    • 6: Accessories
    • 7: Car Audio
    • 8: Cleaning/Care
    • 9: Motorcycles
    • 10: Misc.
    • 11: Repair
    • 12: Parts
  • Books/Reading Subcategories
    • 13: Art
    • 14: Careers
    • 15: Business
    • 16: Childrens
    • 17: Computers
    • 18: Crafts/Hobbies
    • 19: Education
    • 20: Engineering
    • 21: Gifts
    • 22: Health
    • 23: History
    • 24: Fiction
    • 25: Law
    • 26: Magazines
    • 27: Financial
    • 28: Medical
    • 29: Office
    • 30: Real Estate
    • 31: Misc.
    • 164: Religious
    • 173: Science/Nature
  • Business/Services Subcategories
    • 32: Advertising
    • 33: Motivational
    • 34: Coupons/Freebies
    • 35: Financial
    • 36: Loans
    • 37: Office
    • 38: Careers
    • 39: Mis.
    • 179: Education
  • Computer Subcategories
    • 40: Hardware
    • 41: Software
    • 42: Instruction
    • 43: Handheld/Wireless
    • 162: Web Hosting
  • Electronics Subcategories
    • 44: Audio
    • 45: Video
    • 46: Camera
    • 47: Wireless
  • Entertainment Subcategories
    • 48: Audio
    • 49: Video
    • 50: DVD
    • 51: Laser Disc
    • 52: Sheet Music
    • 53: Crafts/Hobbies
    • 184: Tickets
  • Fashion Subcategories
    • 54: Boys
    • 55: Clearance
    • 56: Vintage
    • 57: Girls
    • 58: Mens
    • 59: Womens
    • 60: Maternity
    • 61: Footware
    • 62: Accessories
    • 63: Baby/Infant
    • 64: Jewelry
    • 65: Lingerie
    • 66: Plus-Size
    • 67: Athletic
    • 161: T-Shirts
    • 166: Big And Tall
    • 168: Petite
    • 169: Unisex
    • 172: Costumes
  • Food/Beverage Subcategories
    • 68: Baked Goods
    • 69: Beverages
    • 70: Chocolate
    • 71: Cheese/Condiments
    • 72: Coupons
    • 73: Diet
    • 74: International
    • 75: Gifts/Gift Baskets
    • 76: Nuts
    • 77: Cookies/Desserts
    • 78: Organic
    • 163: Tobacco
    • 176: Gourmet
    • 177: Meals/Complete Dishes
    • 180: Appetizers
    • 181: Soups
  • Gifts/Specialty Subcategories
    • 79: Anniversary
    • 80: Birthday
    • 81: Misc. Holiday
    • 82: Collectibles
    • 83: Coupons
    • 84: Executive Gifts
    • 85: Flowers
    • 86: Baskets
    • 87: Greeting Card
    • 88: Baby/Infant
    • 89: Party
    • 90: Religious
    • 91: Sympathy
    • 92: Valentine's Day
    • 93: Wedding
    • 170: Personalized
  • Home/Family Subcategories
    • 94: Bed/Bath
    • 95: Garden
    • 96: Cleaning/Care
    • 97: Furniture
    • 98: Home Décor
    • 99: Home Improvement
    • 100: Kitchen
    • 101: Pets
  • Metaphysical Subcategories
    • 160: Metaphysical
  • Parts/Equipment Subcategories
    • 167: HVAC (Heating and Air Conditioning)
    • 171: Medical
    • 182: Military
  • Personal Care Subcategories
    • 102: Cosmetics
    • 103: Exercise/Wellness
    • 104: Safety
    • 183: Medical
  • Sports/Outdoors Subcategories
    • 105: Accessories
    • 106: Auto
    • 107: Outdoors/Camping
    • 108: Parlor/Backyard Games
    • 109: Baseball/Softball
    • 110: Cricket
    • 111: Billiards
    • 112: Boating
    • 113: Body Building/Fitness
    • 114: Bowling
    • 115: Boxing
    • 116: Canoeing
    • 117: Climbing/Mountaineering
    • 118: Cycling
    • 119: Diving
    • 120: Field Hockey
    • 121: Skating
    • 122: Fishing
    • 123: Football
    • 124: Frisbee
    • 125: Golf
    • 126: Gymnastics
    • 127: Hockey
    • 128: Horses
    • 129: Hunting
    • 130: In-line Skating
    • 131: Kayaking
    • 132: Lacrosse
    • 133: Martial Arts
    • 134: Racquetball
    • 135: Running
    • 136: Skateboards
    • 137: Ski/Snowboard
    • 138: Soccer
    • 139: Surfing
    • 140: Tennis
    • 141: Teamware / Logo
    • 142: Volleyball
    • 143: Wrestling
    • 165: Birding
    • 174: Prospecting/Treasure Hunting
    • 175: Swimming
    • 178: Basketball
  • Toys/Games Subcategories
    • 144: Action
    • 145: Animals
    • 146: Baby/Infant
    • 147: Board Games
    • 148: Card/Casino
    • 149: Electronic
    • 150: Educational
    • 151: Magic
    • 152: Misc.
    • 153: Musical
    • 154: Outdoor
    • 155: Video
  • Travel Subcategories
    • 156: Coupons
    • 157: Maps
    • 158: References / Guides
    • 159: Vacation Travel
    • 185: Luggage
    • 186: Accessories

So for every product in your store you have to open the ShareASale official list of categories and subcategories, find the ones that correspond to your product, copy the integer values and paste the numbers into the feed file.

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Even if you sell one type of products this can be a tedious task. If you sell various types of products you will need to automate the process of setting the categories and subcategories in your feed.

Set ShareASale categories in a few clicks

Our app automates the selection of category and subcategory values. With its autocomplete function you have to deal only with human readable data.

Simply start typing the category or subcategory name your products belong to, and the app will look through ShareASale list. You will need to just select the most appropriate in the list of search results (this is also known as category mapping).

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The autocomplete function works both for static and dynamic category mapping. Simply choose a ShareASale taxonomy and proceed with mapping categories as usual.

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Final step for any ShareASale feed

A product feed that fully meets the ShareASale requirements is only one step to being published on this marketplace. Upload it into your account on this service, and get a boost for your sales.