It seems as though they have too many merchants in my business to handle any more...If I can't tap into their resource pool how do I find advertisers or what other service should I look into? Please help!
Sounds like you are a merchant (not affiliate) because CJ turned you down? They have gotten very selective and also many times only accept a certain # of merchants per category.
Take a look at Shareasale. It's a smaller network, very low cost and many affiliates prefer it because it's parasite-free. You won't get the volume of affiliates you get on CJ and if you are a big brand, CJ is sometimes a better option. But some of CJs really good affiliates are also on SAS. If you know how to find them, you can do pretty well.
Most of our programs are on CJ or DirectTrack or Myap. But I just helped a client launch a small new program on SAS about a month ago and we already have almost 100 very solid affiliates. Brian the owner is very nice to work with too.
The other option is to go with MYAP software, them you get to be in the Kolimbo network at no charge. Not certain if they pay affiliates for you with consolidated checks though, which is one of the benefits of SAS and CJ.