Thoughts on Commission Junction?

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Hi all,

I've heard that commission junction has a very good affiliate program, but I've also heard that it's incredibly tough to get in. Anybody here have any experience working with CJ? If so, is it worth your time to align yourself with them? If you are satisfied with CJ, what steps should one take to get in? Thanks in advance.

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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Byrde
    If you call filling out a form tough, then it's tough. Seriously, that's all you have to do.
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    • Profile picture of the author LucasT
      I had zero problems getting into CJ... It's just that some of the merchants within CJ have stricter rules about who can promote their products.
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    • Profile picture of the author cbondcarolina
      Adam and Lucas,

      Thank you for the comments. Again, I feel somewhat comforted that the merchants have stricter regulations regarding who promotes their products. It helps the dedicated marketer to avoid an overcrowded market.

      However, let's speak directly to merchant criteria. What do they generally look for when selecting their promoters? Do they only select individuals that are already well-established in their niche or are their other criteria that they follow? I'm only asking because I'm just starting out in my niche and I want to know whether it's worth my time to even try establish a relationship with the merchants.

      cbondcarolina
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  • Profile picture of the author CACruiser
    The only issue I have had is offers getting dropped without any communication. Some advertisers seem to be pulling out of CJ.
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  • Profile picture of the author tylerdrun
    CJ is fine.. but they do have lots of rules. They don't allow redirects and u need special permission from merchant. And if you request your merchants, some may approve. But when they do, CJ tells we can't have all your merchants sending us emails telling that redirects are approved for this aff account.

    And they terminate accounts for no reason at all. Even if conversions are high. However, they employ a good tracking technology which is way better than clickbank.

    But after the commisssions are credited, you may have problems as they individually monitor all transactions for fraudalent activity. Most commissions are lost during this checking process as their human services is a little horrible.

    As for the merchants, if you have a huge website you can get into all. Otherwise it's tough to get accepted by the merchants.
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  • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
    CJ has a policy of dropping affiliates automatically if they do not make a single sale within 6 months. It is probably best that you have some experience with generating affiliate sales before joining. I had been kicked out 3 times before I finally became productive.
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    • Profile picture of the author weezee
      Originally Posted by derekwong28 View Post

      CJ has a policy of dropping affiliates automatically if they do not make a single sale within 6 months. It is probably best that you have some experience with generating affiliate sales before joining. I had been kicked out 3 times before I finally became productive.


      I have been with CJ about 3 months now, I guess I'll be kicked out, because I havn't made not one cent. I was with them about three years ago, all I made was $15 or something like and they took that because they said if you don't make enough to get paid, in a _ number of days you lose whats in your account, I don't remember how many days it was. But I closed my account. I registered again about three months ago, and I'm still not doing good at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author thumperhartley
    I've been using CJ for 3 years, signed up with an image hosting website. Nearly lost the account in the early days for redirecting traffic. Nowdays landing pages all the way. Once you make a certain amount of money you will find that merchants approach YOU to sell thei products. There are loads of programs that almost auto approve you, start with them

    To get approved with a difficult merchant I always custom build a relevant site using wordpress, a free theme and autocontent plugin for related material and then go to them with my site url in CJ - usually works

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    Easy to get in
    Great tracking
    Good quality merchants and products
    Always pay on time
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  • Profile picture of the author IMChick
    Easy to get in to and their product lines are diverse.

    Lots of odd rules and terms that are different for each advertiser.

    Threshold limits for cutting you a check.
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  • Profile picture of the author cbondcarolina
    Thanks you guys,

    Sorry, but I'm a bit green when it comes to learning the marketing language. Exactly what do you mean by "redirect"?

    cbondcarolina
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    • Originally Posted by cbondcarolina View Post

      Thanks you guys,

      Sorry, but I'm a bit green when it comes to learning the marketing language. Exactly what do you mean by "redirect"?

      cbondcarolina
      lol, I've been doing this for years and don't know what they mean by cj doesn't allow redirects either

      maybe for paid search? but some merchants do and some don't. that can't be it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Profolegy
    Originally Posted by cbondcarolina View Post

    Hi all,

    I've heard that commission junction has a very good affiliate program, but I've also heard that it's incredibly tough to get in.
    Hey cbondcarolina,
    CJ is an okay network, you will have a website of your own so that will make it easier to get accepted. If you havn't got your own website get one quick and smart. For any network you have to have your own site.
    You have to show that you are a real business not just playing at being a business.
    I have been in CJ for about 2 years and have only made one sale, my account has never been shut down. I had over 18 months before I got a sale.
    All the best cheers...........bruceS..........
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  • Profile picture of the author reynoldscorb
    Anyone can sign up for commission junction. Applying for different merchants is different. Some are quite competitive to get into.

    The key is to list all of your websites on your account summary. Publishers that confirm manually will look at your listed sites in helping them decide to approve you.

    But... there are thousands of merchants on CJ, many of them will automatically approve manually, so I don't think you'll have a hard time finding one you like.
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  • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
    I have good and bad luck with them and their merchants. As folks have said - getting into CJ is easy - getting approved by the individual merchants is a different matter. Also CJ and the merchants will drop you based on different criteria - though its mostly poor performance or non-activity. Most of the under the radar affiliate marketers I've talked too are not too fond of CJ and their merchants for a variety of reasons - most given above. The concensus also seems to be if have a collection of websites already generating traffic then CJ is a good company - otherwise there are better ones if you are just starting out and don't have a website or traffic. I can't confirm this but its just what I heard.

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  • Profile picture of the author Schoolboy
    I had no problems getting into CJ but I did not use it for awhile and when I went back I had lost access.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vrindavan
    CJ is fine and not hard to join
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  • Profile picture of the author kenwoo3772
    What are your favorite offers found in CJ?
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    • Profile picture of the author All Night Cafe
      I like CJ, have been with them for over 4 years.

      I know many others on my lists who use them
      also.

      Everyone has good things to say.
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  • Profile picture of the author peterdavid
    CJ is not difficult to join as a publisher, to be advertiser is another story.
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  • Profile picture of the author sagablm
    another that is tough for me is to make nice articles with affiliate link in it
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  • Profile picture of the author Rache
    Basically Earning from CJ is not so easy.. if you will focus on every productive product and services, you may get success soon.You can make money from CJ without investing.. but you have to promote it in the proper place to get proper result.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeey
    Does CJ pay commissions on a "as you make a sale you get paid" basis? If not does anyone know if there are any programs out there that do pay as you make a sale?
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  • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
    Earning money through CJ is not easy. At least, unlike other networks, they are open about it. There is a status bar in the affiliate control panel called "Network Earnings" where they compare your previous month's earnings against all other affilliates who made money in the previous month. Those who did not make anything (probably the majority) are excluded.

    http://help.cj.com/en/lo*@))p/Net_Earn.jpg

    My own experience is that it taks only one sale to make a ranking of 2, $50 to make a ranking of 3, and $250 for a ranking of 4. I have never made a ranking of 5 but I am told that it is around $2500

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    What is the good deals that you've found from CJ? ? ?
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