You may be in trouble for purchasing through your own links, so apologizing for the swear words wasn't enough.
I asked before about buying throug in my links, and they told me that is was fine.
It is alow to purchase only once with your credit card.
I did the same with the powweb hosting compay and they gave me my comiission.
Well, then it sounds like you just wore out your welcome. Perhaps an apology is not enough, if you had already established yourself in their minds as a troublesome publisher?
Even though the merchant may have said it was okay, it is completely against CJ's terms of service to click on your own links. Apparently they have a zero tolerance policy, so all the apologizing/cursing in the world won't help.
Why would you want to be involved with an affiliate program that rips you off?
You're a webmaster, after all so use your skills to let the world know what bluehost did to you via CJ's program, ods are one or both of them will want to clear things up if you can get the word out that they do not pay for referrals you send them.
In my opinion CJ is a total waste of time.
Ok, ok I know... they ARE the biggest and and have great reporting and so on... BUT, can you really trust them?
From personal experience I can say that I DO NOT TRUST CJ. I have great success with so many other networks yet with CJ it's always pathetic. I've promoted CJ products that saw 20% CTR from my sites, 1000's of clickthroughs and NO SALES!
In comparison, networks such as ClickBank, ClixGalore convert great and ALWAYS pay, Fast.
I know CJ has a huge selection of merchants and products, but I think they treat their publishers like #*$! and their payment times are crazy.
That's my rant. :)
I currently have no problems with CJ.
I properly investigate about Merchant, which I promote.
I once tried Hosting Merchants, I made a few sales but, the merchants reversed the sales, and didn't pay me.
So I read discussion forums and found out that its their usual habit, so instead of emailing them, I changed my category.
I a merchant do not pay you, then do not waste your time on them by emailing them again and again, they are fraud and can do any thing, they can contact CJ and complain about you, so the best thing is not to waste your time and find any other merchants, instead I will suggest you to keep out of Hosting Merchants.
I think its impossible to get back your account.
Register for a new account using a different email address.
Everyone's experiences are different, and some people will have a positive experience with a given affiliate network while others will have a negative one. Have I sent hundreds of clicks to a CJ merchant without a single commission? Yes. It sucks. So I drop the merchant and moved on. I don't drop CJ. I'm working with some good CJ merchants, and my November CJ check will be my largest yet. I've had a very positive experience overall.
We've been with CJ for years. Although we used to do OK, for the last year sales have dropped to almost $0, even though click-throughs have continued to rise. I really question how well their multi-domains for links and serving images really works for tracking sales- our decline started shortly after that. I've posed the question to them and of course they deny it.
I would consider a chargeback on the purchase you made and tell the hosting company and the CC company why. After you get the money back from the hosting company, maybe they'll explain why they did not credit you with the sale :).
You might want to take this up with cj also advising them of this and have them find out why the company did not give you credit for the sale. Maybe they have a provision that you can't use the affiliate commission for your own purchases or maybe they have have a valid explanation.
According to CJ's Service Agreement, "You may or may not be compensated for Transactions where You or Your agent are the Visitor." (In other words, there is no guarentee that you will get commissions of purchases you make by clicking on your own links.) This is vastly different from their old policy strictly prohibiting earning commissions on your own purchases, which was previously grounds for deactivation.
There are many merchants on CJ that fully allow you to buy stuff through your own links. CJ has never really had a problem with that. After all, they make money too in those kind of transactions.
Where you have to be careful is to make sure the actual merchant allows such transactions. Most do, but some don't.
CJ is bad. I too used it for 3 years. The advertisers will always pay you to the minimum. For example, your site generated 10 sales/month, they say only 3 sales/month. I dont think CJ is wrong. But the advertisers ( even Yahoo ) deceive us.
Infront of me only, one of my friend purchased a Yahoo hosting account and as usual they havent credited the amount to my account. They even doesnt respond to mails.
Thatz why PPC model is booming.
Hey cayetanob, call your credit card company and cancel your order. Thatz the best.
I was just deactivate by CJ today. I use it as an alternate ad source for Adsense PSAs. Does anybody have an email address to ask why I was deactivated and ask about reinstatement.
I NEVER click on my own ads. The only reason I could think of is low follow through on clicks. I had about 5000+ clicks over the last few months but only 1 purchase.
Also, can anyone suggest a good program to supply alternative ads for Adsense PSAs?
|Small Website Guy|
I never heard that you can't click on your own ads. It's not like Google Adsense where you get paid for each click.
I always click on the links when I first place them to make sure they are working.
Maybe it depends on how much revenue you make. If CJ thinks you signed up just to get discounted prices on stuff and not as a legitimate webmaster, I can see them not appreciating that.
|I was just deactivate by CJ today ... I had about 5000+ clicks over the last few months but only 1 purchase. |
Didn't CJ recently change their terms so publishers get deactivated if there haven't been any transactions during the last 30 days? See section 6c of their PSA agreement. [cj.com]
No sales this month? CJ say "Bye-bye"
If your purchase was credited more than 30 days ago, maybe that's why you got deactivated.
|Small Website Guy|
Reading the agreement, CJ pretty much says they can deactive you for any reason they want, but 30 days with no transactions is one of the stated reasons.
On the other hand, that has been there for a long time, and when I originally signed up with CJ I had no sales for many months. CJ didn't deactivate me. Now this month may be my first $2000+ month with CJ. Good thing they stood by me and didn't deactive me right away.
The 30-day provision is fairly new (several months, IIRC). Before that it was 90 days, but I don't know how long that had been in force.
Whether or not you can buy through your own links depends on the merchant. Some merchants allow it, some don't.