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Kicked To The Affiliate Curb By A Commission Junction Advertiser

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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3 comments for “Kicked To The Affiliate Curb By A Commission Junction Advertiser”

  1. I have not had a site become “expired” with CJ, but I do fear it. I have been accepted by several advertisers for several months now, haven’t sold anything, and I am still one of their advertisers. I think it might have helped that their ads don’t have any impressions from my site!

    It might be something that you can get re-included after some time passes. Hopefully by then you will be ranking better for your keywords and be in a better position to make more sales for the advertiser and more money for you.

    Posted by Steward | May 5, 2009, 12:00 pm
  2. @Steward

    Hopefully you won’t go through getting “expired” too because it wasn’t much fun reading that email. It would be awesome if the advertiser took us back at some point. I’m not holding my breath though! I’ll just keep working on that site and see what happens.

    Posted by 47 | May 5, 2009, 7:36 pm
  3. i currently use CJ and was disappointed in the selection of advertisers for my niche. i havn’t made any sales perhaps mainly due to the lack of relevance products

    Posted by wordpress optimization | October 12, 2010, 7:34 pm

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