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Has anyone had any success with these guys or am I just wasting my time?
What I think is really weird is when you have the same product and your paid different amounts or less levels for promoting the same product. The Satellite TV business is running amuck with this type of garbage and it's not right.
If your promoting a product, expending the time,energy and money then you should be getting the same commissions. It just makes no sense. Affiliates beware is the motto!
CJ, how many times I've checked the links they give you and it's reported broken from my site. However, if clicked your at the site of the product and I didn't get any sales that month?
CTR for both is in the 1.5 - 3.0% range, with CJ at the lower end.
Earnings per 1000-impressions is in the $3 - $9 range, again with CJ at the lower end. (Note that CJ stats are defined differently to AdSense)
Notwithstanding these figures, CJ doubles my overall income.
As has been said elsewhere, use multiple income sources and don't put all your eggs in one basket.
PS: I have had the opportunity to monitor some of the sales going through CJ and I have not found that any have been "lost". As CJ pays commission on sales rather than on click-throughs, click fraud is not much of an issue.
[edited by: KVeil at 9:11 am (utc) on Dec. 14, 2007]
I've tried Tradedoubler (Europe only I think) for a couple of years and can't find a problem with them so far.
I only use text links on my sites, I have had no luck with banners ever. What I have found most profitable is to use individual company's affilate schemes, they convert to earnings far better than CJ and the like. I was always wary about the honesty of single company affilate schemes but experience shows me a doubling of earnings when I use them.
For one CJ type company (definitely not CJ), call them company X, I have an account on one of my goood performing sites. I also have a single company affiliate scheme for the same site. The strange thing is that single company affiliate scheme is also available on Company X.
When I look at the returns between Company X and the single affilate scheme (which I would expect to be roughly the same), the single affiliate scheme wins hands down every time.
To sum up, my advice is to use the small individual affiliate schemes rather than the mega-big CJ and similar.
This year I tested them with one product and had a some sales with credit. I am still treading lightly with them.
Maybe there have been so many complaints they
revamped their platform. Who can figure?