One of our favorite advertisers on Commission Junction (CJ) booted us out of their affiliate program. They said we were “expired” because of our low sales volume with them. I suppose that’s understandable but it’s still disappointing. We actually did generate some sales for them. It wasn’t a lot of sales (a tad under $2,000 worth of products) but it definitely wasn’t zero either.
All of the sales came organically from one niche website that I’ve been slowly expanding and slowly marketing. I’m a little bummed because I’ve got a couple of additional pages of content promoting their products ready to publish. I’d planned to put them up relatively soon too. I think I’ll still add them to the website but I’ll probably end up sticking AdSense somewhere instead of using affiliate links.
It sucks being a little guy (and little girl) sometimes. I like the company and personally use their products. Oh well. Business is business and apparently we’re wasting their money. I emailed them to find out what kind of sales numbers they wanted. It’s doubtful I’ll hear back from anyone or get us reinstated though.
Another advertiser on CJ automatically rejected us as an affiliate when we applied a few weeks ago. The thing that sucks about that is we’ve got another niche website that’s perfect for them. It get very targeted traffic, it’s monetized using AdSense right now, and they already advertise on our site through AdWords. It doesn’t get a massive amount of traffic but it’s one of our most visited websites.
Sounds like a win-win doesn’t it? Well, it could turn out the eCPM stinks and we’d go back to AdSense. I’d like to find out at least though. Maybe if I pester them enough they’ll give us a chance.
What do you think about CJ? How about the whole getting “expired” and auto-rejected thing?
Knows that one day people will beg us to promote their products.
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