Commission junction and LLC

by mjnet
6 replies
Hi guys,

Can I register and be approved even if I all I have for a website is just a blog with one post? I just want to see what's in their listing to work on my niche?

Also, for those with various sites for aff marketing, did you set up a single LLC to be the sites' owners? Do you have to disclose the LLC in the website?

thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author sahi
    I registered with cj few years back with just a blog and couple of posts. Now a days I don't know if they would accept a blog with just one post, but you can try and see if they accept you or not.

    I have more than 100 affiliate sites, and I use different affiliate networks, but I'm working without an LLC.
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    • Profile picture of the author mjnet
      Originally Posted by sahi View Post

      I registered with cj few years back with just a blog and couple of posts. Now a days I don't know if they would accept a blog with just one post, but you can try and see if they accept you or not.

      I have more than 100 affiliate sites, and I use different affiliate networks, but I'm working without an LLC.
      100? gee, that's a lot to maintain. kudos to you.
      maybe i'l wait to have 5 posts before i apply . i hate to be turned down. *grin*
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  • Profile picture of the author SageSound
    Originally Posted by mjnet View Post

    Also, for those with various sites for aff marketing, did you set up a single LLC to be the sites' owners? Do you have to disclose the LLC in the website?

    thanks.
    Why use an LLC? Talk with a CPA before you set it up, as a Sub-S is often cheaper from a tax standpoint.

    Anyway, you're looking at this backwards.

    You want to set up a business entity for tax and liability reasons.

    If you think there is some kind of liability issue in owning the sites, then it makes sense for a business entity to own them, as it will keep you from getting sued.

    But whatever "disclosure" requirements there may be for any given site will exist for whomever owns it. If you need to disclose the owner, it won't make a difference who owns it -- you, an LLC, a partnership, some foreign government.

    Also, for many affiliate programs, like Clickbank, you need to give a SSN or TIN so they know who gets a 1099 at the end of the year. If you have a business entity, you'd provide that entity's TIN, not your SSN. Again, it's a tax issue. They don't care if it's you or an LLC or a Corp or a partnership. The IRS just requires them to get it and report the earnings each year.

    It's incumbent on you to get with a tax advisor and determine the best course of action for YOU. You cannot base it on what other affiliates are doing! You're making it sound like a decision to buy a vehicle or not -- while that's a simple enough question, if you say, "yeah, I need a vehicle", there's a huge difference between a 30-year old VW Beetle and a brand spanking new Hummer H1. Which one fits your NEEDS? It's not an all-or-nothing question. Maybe you need a 1-ton pickup, while most others need a scooter. Basing your decision on what others need won't do you much good at all, would it?

    HTH
    -David
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    • Profile picture of the author mjnet
      thanks for the input and sharing your thoughts.

      a lot of chewing to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author SageSound
    CJ is one of the most liberal at accepting accounts, but most CPA providers want to see more "beef" before approving you. But be warned: I had lots of problems with CJ. I tracked people clicking on a CJ link, then signing up for something, and never got credit. CJ blamed the vendor, the vendor blamed CJ, and I finally said "screw it" and won't use CJ any more. They don't take responsibility for the quality of their service, and two people there told me they have no way to even monitor or check click-thru problems. The vendors I talked with told me they are required to use CJ's interfaces, and they have virtually no control over anything. Personally, I think CJ isn't entirely forthright and is "skimming" some of their traffic. For people sending millions of clicks, it's probably not noticeable. But my testing clearly indicated a breakdown, and CJ wasn't willing to address it at all.

    -David

    PS: MJNET -- have you noticed that little "thanks" button? at the bottom right of most posts?
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