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I recently joined up with linkshare, but I am noticing after sevral hundred impressions I have yet to have a clickthrough on what I consider very targeted ads with strong placement. My own clickthroughs do not show up but they are from the same IP I signed up from. Do they filter your own clicks?
All in all, I thought these would be suitable to replace Adsense on pages that were receiving less than targeted ads. So far I am less than impressed.
It is hard to get sales with these companies but there is not much alternative you could try 7search they have a top ten page that takes you to their search page then you are paid 50% of what advertisers spend on cpc adds.
I have just tried this on one of my sites and I am getting reasonable results although its not as good as adsense.
One of my sites that used to generate a respectable income from CJ and others declined significantly about two years ago, courtesy of Google. ;) Since Florida, traffic is restored to those "two years ago" levels, a ten-fold increase, but it has produced ZERO sales increase.
A couple things that tend to work well:
1) put a text link under the banner with a call to action
2) affiliate sites that provide information about whatever the affiliate program is selling tend to do much better than "passive" affiliate sites. In order to sell and make $$$ the site has to actively (pre)sell. Banners are great for branding but IMHO, they pretty much stink for pay for performance (affiliate marketing) from the publishers POV.