I don't use anybody anymore with the exception of the occasional Adsense site. I'm new to Adsense in the sense that I just started using it about a year ago. Still have not found the "holy grail" of Adsense.
Got tired of the lies, false tracking and other issues that seemed to arise with CJ. I went ahead and outsourced to China and now I bring in and sell my own products rather than promote someone else's. In a roundabout way I still work with CJ, but only because I help someone else with their site.
I'm a firm believer in the old adage: "If you want something done right, do it yourself".
In my opinion, there is no reason for any major online retailer to NOT have an in-house affiliate program. Companies like CJ and others do absolutely nothing of value for the publisher. They charge the merchants buckoo bucks and when there is an issue, they usually side with the merchant (regardless if the merchant is at fault...because after all, the merchant makes them a profit, NOT the affiliate).
If the merchants would just invest in a few good coders, for what they probably pay to CJ for one month of service, they could have a really good inhouse affiliate program.
Of course, CJ will claim that they are also on the side of the affiliate and if the merchant doesn't pay, CJ will go to bat for you.....but it's all fluff.
Cut out the middle men in affiliate marketing.
I personally know several CJ Performers and they all tell me the same story regarding the tracking....
"It just seems "off" a bit."
I would also like to say that I think the affiliate marketers of today (and the future) should ban together and unionize to some point. This way when you feel that there might be tracking issues....or anything else for that matter, you will have the strength of the organization behind you. Might even make for negotiations of higher commissions for the affiliates.
edit: A question to you CJ Performers: Does your account manager do anything of value for you....besides suggesting new affiliate programs to join?
[edited by: BaseballGuy at 12:27 am (utc) on May 1, 2009]