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Also, does anyone work with a PPC network that serves decent relevant banners? I really feel like I am missing an opportunity here.
OTOH, I have one CJ merchant (in a different field) that converts for me regularly, so all I need is more of those (I say smirking, because if it were that easy I'd be rich).
I have two that are converting okay at this point (I'm still learning the best way to promote them), and another handful that haven't brought in anything. I have managed to get a direct deposit from CJ every month, though, so it's a start.
If the merchant(s) you have now aren't converting, pick some others to try.
I have similar stats, a site of mine has been displaying thousands of impressions of very highly related advertising... resulting in over 20% click thru.
I have not seen a single penny of commissions. I thought maybe it's a poor performing merchant, so I switched and still nothing even after several hundred click thrus.
Not only that, but this morning I went to check my stats and I got this message:
"Our records indicate that your account has been deactivated."
It looks like they kicked me out or something!?!?
The worst part is that I've been sending traffic to them for months without any positive effect... thank goodness my adsense was at least generating some income.
The worst part is that I can't find ANY support email on their website. I have to say that I'm dissapointed. On the bright side, my traffic is all SE traffic so at least I didn't have to waste money advertising a lost cause.
(my rant is done.)
I agree with the above commens, it depends a lot more on the merchants you work with and how they fit with your site than the network itself.
The conversion time will vary a lot depending on the products too, the more high the slower and lower the conversion as people will do more online research and windown shopping before making a purchase
Was there a delay between the time you started using them and the time you actually started to see conversions in your account? (Obviously there has to be some delay... I am just wondering how long yours was.)When I started, I was doing PPC to merchant (the one that converts) and after a week, I gave up. I'd made my cost but no profit.
Then, about 2 weeks later, I got a big commission on someone who had clicked my link that first week but had waited to buy. That sold me! Suddenly it was "Aha! now I get this affiliate stuff."
Since then, I've switched to landing pages which are now sporadically populating the regular SERPS, so I'm beginning to get natural traffic as well.
Still, seeing any amount of money coming in is encouraging, and I just have to keep tweaking pages and trying new programs while I'm learning.
Linkshare seemed really hokey to me and didn't have many "cool" advertisers.
Make sure you use CJ's encrypted links. And be aware that Norton firewall may be blocking your visitors from seeing CJ's links, even text links.
I don't see any option for the encrypted links - and through CJ link panel I can't find the option to create links to specific pages.
CJ definitely did not work for me.
According to my notes of Feb 2003 I had the following stats with them:
372,259 impr/7,498 clicks/4.5$ revenue
I don't really remember the period these stats cover, perhaps six months or so. Because of the <10$ in revenues I was booted by them soon after.
Did not bother me up to recently when I wanted to join again as I got new ideas. Arghh, just had to find out that my country (Hungary) is not on their list on the sign up form, and they don't disclose a guddam email to contact them. So, CJ is kept on my blacklist for a few more months or years.
You can read CJ horror stories on #*$!.com.
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