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- i have sent them 80 clicks this weekend and still no sales - should i be seeing results already if CJ is going to work for me?
Maybe I should dump it and stick with adwords? give it some time or you think 8000 pageviews is enough to tell it sucks?
I do ok with it but the approach is not the same at all.
- The page has to be set up just to send the user to the merchant.
- the page has to only attract people looking for a specific product
- the page should be focused on ONE product
- The less options the better.
thats just based on my limited experience.
The only things that even did somewhat ok were ones that appealed to the base desires of people.
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But even those run out of steam after awhile because my site visitors are usually repeat customers. Now some of my SEO pages or articles are very very targeted. So I can market them what ever the product is to them, because suprise that what the article is about and how company or product X solved or can solve the problem presented.
In short, text ads are (for me) the way to go with CJ.
I also think that banners sometimes get a bad rap. A page FULL of banners looks terrible and won't convert, but I feel one well placed merchant banner can give the page a more 'official' look. The customer may look at the banner, but click on the text adv., etc.
I've also read that click-thru rates on banners are much lower than text ads, but the conversion rate is much higher.
I do not hold a MBA, however I my business strategy is simple, "Don't do it unless you can make money".
What happens when your account is deactivated or your adsense earners stop earning.
Why should your account be deactivated?
This will only happen if you do not conform to the adsense TOS. If the ads stop earning then you need to play with different ad layouts until they start earning again. If you have the relevant traffic there is no real reason why adsense shouldn't convert.
Betting the farm on one companies program doesn't suit me.
What if a shakeup in the serps hit adsense sites especially hard?
Adsense site get stung every update. More are there waiting on the sideline to take the place of the ones that get booted. It just won't be you that makes the money. It's a hard world but thats the way it goes.
Sure, as you said don't bet the farm on one advertiser/site. That would be a slightly daft move. You are bound to get bitten by something somewhere along the line. But, with a little bit of imagination and your fingers in a few tasty little pies you can make a good living from AM. CJ are not the best affiliate network and do not have the sole rights to the merchants. By this I mean if your merchant doesn't perform on CJ you may find them registered on another network where they appear to perform 100% better.
I have pages on my site that get a lot of drive-by visitors from the search engines. Over the past couple of years I've identified which ones do well with AdSense, which do well with various affiliates, and which ones just don't do well with either. On the latter, I've put up "ads" intended to get people to visit other parts of the site. If they do, maybe they'll become regulars....
You have hit the nail on the head! It takes a lot of research and a lot of trial and error before you find what works for you. Most AM'ers can only offer advice based on their own experiences. What works for one may not work for another. I am beginning to wish some people would do their own research with some guidance from the helpful people here rather than directly asking for the answers to riches. Cory Rudl (RIP) for example, did a lot of research and charged people for his knowledge. The kind people here give this sort of information away for FREE! Sure, the responses are cryptic but why should those of us with years of experiences both good and bad be expected to give 'secrets' away.
How can you learn about AM without doing your own research? It takes work, patience, work and more patience.
After sending them 11,000 impressions per day on average, over 2 months, with an average of 50 clicks, I have 0 revenue.
I don't want to waste bandwidth promoting and giving ads to companies that don't pay me, so out they go, but would want some other reliable source!
Anyone have any suggestions?
I also believe that good ads can be helpful to the readers. Problem with CJ (apart from no revenue) is that their ads are static, not like Adsense, content sensitive.
An ideal ad server would look at content (either automatic or web keyword generated) and reader location.
That way everyone is happy.
Affiliate programs are not contextual. You have to do that part of the work, but it can really pay off.
Slapping up affiliate banners and calling it a day ain't gonna cut it. [webmasterworld.com]