MrSavage - 4:19 pm on Aug 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
Another thought on this. The issue around an advertiser doing something with their terms so that instead of an automatic acceptance by publishers, a publisher must manually accept the new terms via their user panel.
Think of it. I say to you, Mr. Advertiser, you can kick all your publishers out of your program instantly. A certain percentage will be unaware of the mandatory acceptance of the terms and will still send you traffic. You won't have to pay commission on any of those sales. If those publishers forget for any length of time, it's a terrific deal for you Mr. Advertiser.
See, if I want to game their system, I can do it honestly. Sure I just needed to tweak my terms or program. I had no idea that I might get some commission free sales from doing it. Honest. I had no idea. Really. I'm not joking!
Regarding the fact that CJ get a commission from our commissions? I have no idea about that and how that might compare to how much they make from having advertisers sign up. I find it hard to believe that any business like this put publishers concerns even close to the needs of the advertisers. It's called being a bottom feeder.
These pitfalls MIGHT be avoided if you're a small publisher. If you run one site, have very few advertisers and you aren't burdened with multiple advertisers special conditions or rule changes.