Been QUITE some time since I've been on WebmasterWorld, so be gentle.. :)
I am curious if any of you have experience with the NewEgg affiliate program offered through CJ. Does it pay well, are sales easy enough to get, etc? I still have my computer repair site that I started in October of 2004, and while I have definitely not grown it to anywhere NEAR where it could (really SHOULD) be after this amount of time it's doing OK. I'm getting around 55,000 unique visitors per month.
AdSense is getting me around ~$200/mo with that kind of traffic. I spoke to a friend of mine that has a health and fitness site that has appx 10k more uniques per month than my site does, and he's raking in anywhere from $1k-$2k per month from affiliate programs while maintaining the ~$200ish via AdSense. It definitely sounds like it's time for me to take a good hard look at my advertising!
So, realistically, what kind of income is reasonable to expect from an informational site that helps people with computer problems, reviews products, answers questions, and all that via affiliates? Should I go with NewEgg? I'd like to, because I am an absolutely loyal NE customer - but at the same time I would like to be maximizing my income from the site as much as possible (obviously).
The good: They track well. They always pay. (after 30 day return period) They have good prices and customer support.
The bad: They recently cut commissions from 2% to a whopping 1%*. does that take the prize for lowest commissions ever? (*If you can sell $50K/month they raise to 1.5%. $125K = 2%.)[I used to be in the $50K+ category, no more] The program used to be managed better IMO. The links and prices tend to change often and without warning. You can't just put up a deep link or even banner and expect it to convert or have the same product destination 2 months later.