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Would you recommend CJ?

Wondering about your experience with CJ.



9:15 pm on Aug 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Forgive my ignorance, but I was looking to find out more about Commission Junction. I don't really know anything about it, although I hear the name pop up a lot, so I've become intrigued. I've visited their website and looked through the various programs, but I don't really understand their descriptions.

I run a few relatively small traffic websites, and I've been using Adsense and Amazon on them so far. Adsense has been decent, but I have a pretty specific audience, and the advertisements that Adsense delivers are usually pretty off the mark. I've seen a few advertisers in CJ that I think would be a good match for my sites, but I'm hesitant to join the program until I know more about it.

So how does it work?

Have your experiences been positive?

How does it compare to Adsense or other affiliate programs?

Can anyone point me to an example of a site that uses CJ. I would like to see how it is used in a site.


9:26 pm on Aug 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Me personally?

If you have tried everything else and just can't come up with an advertiser to fill an advertising slot, I would still recommend placing "Advertise Here" in the empty ad spot. Most of my ad slots make as much money with an empty ad slot as they would with CJ links, but that's just my experience, I'm sure that others have had a better experience than I have had.


4:53 am on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you possibly can, work directly with those advertisers rather than via CJ. I have not had great experiences with CJ. I had one advertiser that did relatively well, but when I jumped to working with them directly, I did much better.


12:22 pm on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Give them a try. I've had good experience with them.

It's just a link to a merchant with your ID number in it.

One merchant paid more than adsense last month.

Webmasterworld doesn't allow links to affiliate sites so I can't help you there.


4:23 pm on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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So, is it just another ad serving program? My impression was that visitors to your site needed to take further action- like filling out surveys or signing up for the advertiser's service before you'd get credit.


9:07 pm on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It mostly depends on a merchant you work with.
If you find a good and reliable one, stick with him.
My negative experience with CJ (actually as with any other network) is that they have no publisher protection policy.
While advertisers enjoy devoted security team, publishers could be stealed (by the merchants) without any limits.

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6:31 pm on Sep 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I get over $1000/month from CJ, how can I complain?

Furthermore, the website is easy to use, you have one place to manage a lot of advertisers.

I won't bother to sign up for a marginal affiliate program if it's independent, but will if it's listed in CJ.


7:49 pm on Sep 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am just now putting together my first website. The mental block I am dealing with is that the items I want to sell are not sold by the affiliates programs I have found like CJ.

I like the idea of contacting the advertisers directly, but I wonder how do I insure that I will get paid for sales associated with my referral?


10:23 pm on Sep 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Very tough to do from scratch. I would recommend you keep researching until you have covered every vendor of any size, and you know what all the large sites in your niche are doing.


1:07 pm on Sep 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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just to confirm, it is ok to have google ads and CJ on the same site...?


2:03 pm on Sep 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yes it is .



2:04 pm on Sep 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Better ad that was from CJ point of view it would be fine and no one would be fussed. I don't know the ins and outs of google terms on it though so someone else could help there.



3:28 pm on Sep 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yes, you can have CJ and AdSense on the same page.

Anyone considering CJ should look at this thread which refers to their systems being down and transactions being lost:



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