Having several Web sites, it occurred to me that I should be getting something back for my effort. I don?t know enough about HTML to start charging for the sites, nor do I think that people would pay to see them. I ask for donations on a few, but that?s proved to be of no use. Then, I came across Commission Junction. There are many companies out there that want to sell something or get subscribers or whatever and they need Web sites to host banners and links. There are many people, such as me, that have a Web site and would like to make money. Commission Junction serves as a meeting place for both. Many programs pay for performance, meaning that someone has to buy or sign up for something before I get paid. For instance, there?s one site that has banners for calling cards. If someone clicks on the banner on my site and buy a calling card, I get a percentage of their first purchase. If they just click on the banner, but don?t purchase anything, I get nothing. Some sites pay per click. If they click on the banner and simply look at the page, I get a set amount of money, usually no more than a few cents. Once you join Commission Junction, you put in your site information. If you have several sites, you can have them all in the same account, which can save a lot of time if you have more than one site. You have to sign up for the different advertisers. Most will automatically accept you, but some reserve the right to review your web sites. The main trouble with the site is that for it to work, you need a popular site. Most of my sites get only a few page views every week. That significantly lowers the odds of someone buying something or visiting a site. Even if your site is popular, there?s no guarantee that they?ll do anything. Customizing your advertisements to your site is important. Commission Junction has a wide variety of advertisers to choose from, so there?s a good chance you?ll find something. One
thing that helps is something they call SmartZones. Instead of having 20 different banners taking up more space than the rest of the site, you can choose the same 20 programs and put them into a SmartZone. It rotates the banners based on your preferences. The banners for calling cards that I mentioned before are all in a SmartZone. I set it up so that calling cards within the United States, being the cheapest, get the most exposure. Cards to Canada and Mexican come next and other cards get the least exposure. This is great if there are a lot of programs you want, but can?t really decide or if there are several banners you want to use, but don?t see the point of listing them all at once. Commission is well planned and is easy to use. I?ll keep using it as long as I have a Web site.
Commission junction was one of the first Affiliate's Platform on the web, born just few months after Linkshare. Visiting Commission-Junction gives the impression of a very good and serious service. Cool design, a lot of features, different statistics for every program you join. Commission-Junction is a place where advertisers and publishers meet themselves. Webmaster can choose between thousands of paying advertisers and get all the commission collected in an unique account Originally Commission junction had tons of great advertisers paying for click, lead and sales. I made some good extramoney until august 2000, when Commission junction changed radically. They didn't pay for click, but only for sales and leads. But the worst thing is that thay began to pay with many months's delay.. The tracking of registrations and sales got worse day after day...At the end of 2000, I undestood that I didn't receive credit for leads and sales generated...the tracking system didn't work fine, a lot of leads got lost. Nowadays I suggest you not to host Commission junction banners. I don't have notice of payement processed in the last months. Where's the money?
When I first joined Commission Junction, or CJ, I started making quite a bit (for me!!). I probably made about $7 in about 3 months. I know it may not sound much, but for a person who was just starting out in actually putting advertising on his sites (I have over 100 sites, only about 10 at the most have any advertising on them!!) it wasn't bad. Next, for some unknown reason, CJ closed my account. So I joined again, as they had stated I could, and started once again from scratch. This was a right turndown for them in my view, however I still continued to use them as they had around 1000 merchants which I would like to affiliate with, and I have now grown into about 600 affiliate partnerships through their network. CJ recently announced that would not be supporting pay-per-click affiliate programs as of August 1st. In their official email detailing this information, they claimed that this was for the benefit of their advertisers as they were not receiving enough value for their click price. However what follows is quite extraordinary. After stating that this action was for the benefit of their advertisers, my Inbox has been flooded with messages titled "Notice: Free Stuff 4 U Affiliate Program" (just as an example), all informing me that this advertiser had left the network. Now that's what turns me off of them, as well as the fact that they pay in US Dollars and not UK Pounds (I've always had a grudge on them on that front!) Surely you can see the connection between the two main happenings in the CJ Network recently???
Commision Junction is one of the largest affiliate brokers on the net and have now expanded to the United Kingdom so that Webmasters using the service can now be paid in pounds sterling. This affiliate broker allow you to place banners and buttons on your site and for you to earn comission from merchants after users click on a relevant banner. These comissions are all amassed together and placed in your main Comission Junction account which is better than signing up to individual affiliate programs and getting small amounts of money. This is especially true when alot of affiliate programs will only pay you when your account has reached 20 pounds or so. With comission junction you get tutorials on how to develop and market your site. The account and statistics page is excellent allowing you to see which banners are earning you the most money on your site. This allows you to put together a full marketing plan. Information is regularly given when a merchant closes their account with Comission Junction so you can remove any banners which are no longer paying. Each merchant has several different banner types and for ease of use each banner comes with its own HTML code for you to cut and paste. A well recommended site.
Spend any time at all on the Internet and you'll very quickly come across those ubiquitous banner ads - they're all over the place and you soon get used to them. Indeed, you become so immunised to them that you start to even forget they're there. Well, if you've got your own little piece of cyber real estate lying around, you too can get on the advertising bandwagon and start to make money from letting companies promote their wares from your website. Unless you're the next Yahoo or Dooyoo, you won't make a fortune but you can certainly make a few pounds relatively easily. However much you make, things are made a great deal easier if you work with a company like Commission Junction (CJ). CJ (which can be found oddly enough at www.cj.com ) are an intermediary organisation that does an awful lot of the work for you. They've organised thousands of merchants who are eager to advertise their products and services on the Internet and once you've signed up with them, the whole range of companies is available for you to work with. The other key advantage is that all the money made via the banners is collected together and you get a single payment from CJ, rather than having to wait for lots of small cheques to come in over a long period of time. That means it's likely that you'll see a return much more quickly. Just to give you an idea about how easy or difficult it is to make money via this route, I have just over 100 pages on various websites and over the last year I've made about $100 from CJ. It's not a fortune, admittedly, but it's certainly not bad for not an awful lot of work and it's certainly better than a kick in the pants. The other really neat thing about CJ is that the reporting suite that you have access to via your account with them gives you all manner of wonderful information about your website traffic. In a way, this is every bit as (if not more) impo
rtant than the potential financial earnings. You get excellent summary information about how many visitors you get to individual pages on your website by day and also which banner ads are getting the most hits. You would pay an awful lot or have to go to an awful lot of trouble in order to get that sort of monitoring by any other route, but I'll come back to the reporting later. Okay, to join up with CJ all you do is go to the site and click the logo that says ‘Affiliates, Join Now for free!’ Sign up by filling out the application form and you will be a fully signed up CJ member in a lot less than five minutes. Your member ID will be a valid e-mail address, but don’t worry, you’ll only get a few items sent to you by CJ, most of the communication will go to your CJ e-mail account which you can access via their site, so you won’t be swamped with spam. Once you've signed up with CJ, you give them details regarding the pages that you want to put adverts on and then apply to whichever merchants you're interested in and there are enough categories to interest just about everyone - Accessories, Art/Photo/Music, Automotive, Books/Media, Business, Travel, Careers, Clothing/Apparel, Commerce, Computer & Electronics, Education, Family, Financial services, Food & Drinks, Games & Toys, Gifts & Flowers, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Insurance, Legal, Marketing, Medical, Phonecard Services, Recreation & Leisure, Shops/Malls, Sports & Fitness, Travel, Web Services. WHEEEEEWWWW! A lot of them will allow you to sign up with them immediately, but a lot will want to review your application first to make sure it's a suitable site. Once you've signed up with a merchant, you choose the banner or text link you like the look of and indicate which of your pages you're going to put it on. The site provides the necessary html code in a relatively few seconds and you just cut and paste the code wherever yo
u want on your page. Now many people find the big, flashy and colourful banners a bit over the top and garish, but there are a lot of text links available which just show up as a URL link hidden behind something like 'Join our referral program' or 'Win an MP3 player', and these are a lot less intrusive than the banners. Now the idea behind putting this banner or link on your site is that when people click the banner or link, they're taken through to the merchant's site (although you can set it such that your own site remains as an open window and another window is opened for the new URL). Dependent on which merchant you've signed up with you'll get paid for the click through, or a purchase, or for every membership signed up for. The details are given when you sign up with the merchant. In most cases, unless the people clicking through make a purchase, you'll only get a few pence (or, to be more exact, a few cents, because the CJ program deals with American currency), so the secret here is to generate a lot of clickthroughs. It's quite a complicated site and packed with features so it will take you quite a lot of time to get your head round all the facilities, but when you do suss it you will find it an extremely powerful and flexible program. They had quite a major site upgrade about six months ago and an awful lot of new facilities have been provided. I took a long time to get to grips with the new site, but I'm now finding it a vast improvement and a very strong program. Minimum payout is $25 and you get paid by cheque. You can also get paid in sterling, but you have to wait longer for a payment. I've been with CJ for about a year and it is a very useful program, but as I've already said you shouldn't expect to get too much money from it. After all, how many times do you click a banner when you visit an Internet site - not very often I'll be bound. I
9;ve already said that the reporting suite you get with your CJ account is brilliant and totally free - you can use it to monitor visits to your site, the rate of click through from each site and by individual link, so you can gear your advertising to focus on those links which earn you the most money. The advice when considering which merchants to sign up with is very much down to common sense. You need to sign up for merchants which are relevant to your site's content, because that is likelier to generate clickthroughs. If someone is interested in the subject matter of your site (which they usually are if they bother to visit it), they are more likely to click an advert that is in the same interest area - quite simple really. You need to check the e-mails in your account on the site regularly to check when a merchant you're signed up with has changed such things as rates and/or have terminated their offering, or you may be left with redundant and/or free links on your site - obviously not good news. You also need to be aware that CJ are EXTREMELY HOT on abuse and if they think you're artificially boosting clickthroughs then they are quite likely to terminate your account without any warning. All told, CJ is an excellent program providing everything you could possibly want if you want to get paid for allowing adverts to use your site. They do all the admin for you and make it extremely easy to set your site up properly. The reporting is wonderful and of great assistance to your online activities even if you never earn a bean through the affiliate program. I love it.
Making money on the internet as most of us know is a very daunting task, there are hundreds and hundreds of programs and schemes out there, with the famous title "GET RICH QUICK" many of us fall for this and as usual fill out all the required registration details, download there special software, which can sometimes take forever to find that you will end up with about 10p credited to your account for six months worth of surfing/reading email or just refering people... Commision junction is a very different kind of money making scheme. For one to take part in the program you need to have your own website, as you will be making your money by placing banner ads or text links on your website..(so if you havn't got one, you better get started lol ) There are many different ways you can earn money from this website, and it really all comes down to what your site offers and what kind of banners ads you want to have on your site. All commission junction basically does is act as a middle man for you and for the companies who wish to promote there site. The way you make your money is by the amount of clicks/sales or sign ups you get through the banner ads you supply on your site. If you choose to get payed for clicks, this basically means that the advertiser will pay you every time someone clicks from your site to there site through the banner/or link provided, this is often paid at low rates of about 1p to 5p depending on the advertiser. Although this may sound low, if you get alot of visitors to your website who only usually browse, and not actually purchase anything it could work out very good.. If you choose to get paid for the amount of sales acheaved, then the amounts are usually much much higher, it could be anything from £1-1000 sometimes even higher. But you have to bear in mind that if you choose this option the sales are usually very low and it takes along time to get any money, so
it is best to try to promote only things with relevence to your websites content. Then last but not least you have the option to get paid for sign ups, these are usually higer than than clicks but not as much as sales. You will usually find that competition sites, freebies sites and other similar sites use these methods as they generate revenue from having more members. You can usually expect to get paid anything between 10p and £5 for these kind of offers. Most advertisers will pay you for two of these methods so that you can still generate an income ( for example you will get paid for click through's and then sales if one happens) Commission junction costs nothing to join, and you can usually have your account set up in less than 5 minutes. You also get 24 hour live stats on your website and links, so that you can even check how many hits you have had on each, how many people purchased/signed up for something and exactly how much you have earned. This can be very useful for keeping track of which links are working for you, which methods are working best, be it text links or banner ads... There is a disscusion board on the site which alows you to communicate with other members and merchants to see what is working for them and to get some helpful tips. You also have your own built in email account so that your regular email doesn't get spammed. There is so much to this site and it really does work. But the bottom line is it will only work if you use the right merchants to match your sites content and that you have a regular flow of visitors to your site. The only real disadvantage about the site itself is that the page load times can often be very slow with the shear bulk amount of users on the site. All in all I have been using them for about 6 months now and have made well over £200, which is always on the up as my site becomes more popular. You can also b
e paid in any currency you choose, and this can be paid by cheque, or direct into your bank account.
Commission Junction claims to be the “worldwide leader in affiliate marketing”. The idea is a good one that has been done plenty of times before, with varying degrees of success. Commission Junction has an incredibly large range of advertisers to choose from, but the majority of them are American companies that only pay on a per sale basis. If your target demographic is UK users, look elsewhere. I found a UK advertiser in Software First.com and unfortunately, they have the right to REVERSE commissions, as all advertisers do. I made a sale of £300.00 and 5% of that was mine, until they cancelled it due to the buyer having a dodgy credit card. Per click advertisers are VERY picky about which sites they advertise on and the majority of them turn down your application point blank. The most you’ll get from a per-click advertiser is $0.15, so it’s probably worth using Tradedoubler or a similar organisation for this type of advertising. The Commission Junction interface is fully customisable, so once you’ve found your way around the daunting default layout, you’ll find the “Customise” button which would have made it SO much simpler if you’d have known about it before. The site itself at www.cj.com goes down VERY frequently and the reporting options all go down as well, so your clicks and transactions aren’t counted, very dodgy. The ability to set up “SmartZones”, where you can place a bunch of banners in a banner pool and have them displayed at random on your website is a good one, but the implementation leaves a LOT to be desired. The system is slow and it’s so much better to just host your own. Text links, MicroButtons, MiniButtons and Full banners are all available, which is a welcome breath of fresh air as most agencies are based on the default 468x60. It’s a good service which can pay you in a range of different currencie
s (including UKP), but to be honest, the support is absolutely LOUSY, with a simple e-mail reply taking up to two weeks to come through, if at all. Learn how to use the site and it’s sure to be useful in some way, but for the novice web designer, use Tradedoubler.
If you've got a fairly high traffic site, joining affiliate programmes is often an easier way to make money than going with one of the usual web agencies. Commission Junction is a way for sites to get all their commissions in one go rather than about 20 cheques every month, and they let you choose the minimum amount of money you earn before they send the cheque out. This also saves money if you are on US programmes if your bank charges lots to pay in dollar cheques. You can put a variety of different types of links on your site. You can link to a site or you can also link to specific products, as well as choosing from different sized banners and text links. You won't need a banner rotating program on your site as you can set CJ to do it automatically and you can also rotate different banners in each part of your site. There is a huge range of affiliates to choose from, some are admittedly pretty unprofessional looking but there are plenty of reputable sites. The only grip I have is that the account management site interface could be clearer and less confusing.
Commission Junction, or CJ, the “worldwide leader in affiliate marketing” has been a source of considerable pain in my head and my site’s wallet. My site used to run its own affiliation programme with moderate success, however the programme wasn’t driving enough traffic to the site. It was decided the site should sign up to CJ with its network of “thousands” of affiliates, while letting the existing programme lapse. Affiliates placed one of my site’s range of banners on their pages and were paid 0.03 cents each time a surfer clicked through to the site via the banner. After 1 month and approximately $2000 worth of click throughs there had only been a moderate increase in traffic to the site. Consequently I started a careful investigation into the affiliates who’d signed up via the CJ program. It is possible to generate some very useful reports with the software provided on the CJ site, this is a definite plus point. Whilst the majority of affiliates are obviously honest, upstanding, law-abiding citizens there are some out there who will happily clock up vast numbers of “fake” click throughs. By fake click throughs I mean those generated by software, belonging to the affiliate, that repeatedly and rapidly clicks on the link. Obviously the aim is to receive a pay out of 0.03 cents for each of these clicks. There are obviously fraud prevention systems to detect this abuse, software can monitor unusual patterns in the rate of click through from any site. 2000 clicks in an hour is going to stand out. CJ has such counter fraud software, but to be perfectly frank either they don’t use it or it’s totally ineffective. In generating the reports I found affiliates active in the programme with hundreds of click throughs at 0.03 cents a time, and yet only 10-20 impressions. Thus my site’s banner was seen less than 20 times on the affiliate site a
nd yet that same banner was clicked on 400 to 500 times. This can only happen when software has been put in place that repeated clicks the link. I’m not just talking about one or two affiliates that might have slipped through the net either, the programme was riddled with them. Using CJ’s own reporting system there were some affiliates I found both active and generating cash with multiple click throughs and no impressions whatsoever. In one case I found an affiliate that had previously signed up to my site’s programme. In that instance the fraud had been quickly detected and the site ejected at a minimum expense. Unfortunately the same affiliate had been paid $500+ by CJ before I detected them. Needless to say it took several days to check all the affiliates. Why not revert to your own affiliation programme I hear you cry? Well that is exactly what will be happening. However, for those of you who don’t have that option I suggest that you drop the rate you pay on click-throughs as an interim solution. When you pay only 0.01 cent the fraudsters no longer bother, several affiliates dropped out of the CJ programme when my site’s cost per click was reduced. It’s a shame that this may have alienated genuine affiliates who generated significant volumes of traffic to the site. Unfortunately this was the only option when CJ were constantly demanding I top up an account that was haemorrhaging dollars. So, if you want to moderately increase traffic to your site through affiliation, have plenty of surplus cash, and hours of spare time for administration, sign up to Commission Junction as a merchant. You’re on a sure fire winner.
Web sites come in all types and sizes. Some are free and some you pay for. Once you have have built your desired site, whether it be a business or a personal site, why not make a few bucks from it? How? You have seen banners on almost every site you visit, even dooyoo has them. Some are annoying, some we actually click on because we find them interesting but did you know that someone gets paid for each click and site visit or they earn a commission if you buy or join up for something? Commission Junction is a go between for businesses that are looking to get their banners on sites just like yours. They track all the clicks and visits from your site and it is all logged so you can see just how much a particular banner is earning for you. Joining is free and the site is well designed and laid out. Once you have joined you can search 100's of businesses and see exactly what you will earn from them. They have a search facility so you can search for programs that either pay per click, visit, view or pay a commission. You really need to decide what is best for you. If you have many visitors then a payment for each banner view may suit you. If you choose a banner that has the same content as your own site then maybe a commission banner may be better. Once you have chosen your desired program you are given a piece of HTML coding which includes your unique ID number so they can keep track of your earnings. You just insert this into your web page or multiple pages and thats it! You may have more than one banner but be careful here because too many banners on one page may take more time for the page to load. Spread them out over a few pages, pages that visitors visit often. You can view your earnings at anytime by logging in to the site. You can also talk to other Commision Junction users from your login page as well as receive emails informing you of new merchants. Al
though I use this service I am still finding the control page hard to get to grips with. There are many options allowing you to make certain settings but once you have used it a few times it is straightforward. You can cancel any merchant at any time if you are not happy with it. You are also given different sized banners to choose from so you could display a small button if you wish. How is it working for me? Although at first I was making just a few cents, after a few trials and errors I have come to realise that the best thing for part of my own site is a program that fits the content of that page. I have chosen a program that pays $1 for every sign up. My balance now is in dollars rather than cents. This program also pays you a percentage of what your referals make, so if you tell somebody else about Commission Junction and they too sign up via your link then you will make money from their earnings at no cost to them. Most banners on the net are either revenue generating or belong to a banner exchange program. They are not going to go away so why not join in and make money while you sleep? Be careful and check that you are allowed to have paid advertising on your pages because many free hosts do not allow it.
i use several advertising comapanies for my sites, cj is a decent program the members pages are extremly well done and make organising and finding ad programs very easy. how good are they, well i have heard reports from merchants and advertisers that there has been money taken out of there account that hasn't been accounted for, as some people are claiming that they should have had more money, i've never had this happen to me yet, but i only use them to fill up my advertisement space. thr main problem is that there are hardly any uk based programs, though you can get paid in pounds by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and asking them to do so. there merchants also do not seem to be paying very much and the lack of cpm programs makes me look else where for main advertisers
If you own a website then I think the best way you can make money from it is to put advertising on your pages. Unfortunatly alot of companies want you to own your own domain name etc and will refuse you. I have come across a site called 'Commission Junction'. Companies pay a set fee to these people and then CJ will bring you business. They do this by offering offers. So if you own a site for baby food you go to CJ, signup then you will see loads of companies who sell baby food. You then apply to these companies and once done you put banners on your site and start earning money. Money can vary, some pay you money per click e.g. 10 cents, some pay you per lead e.g. 0.75 cents to join a newsletter and some pay you for a sale e.g. 7% of what you sell. Its all tracked by CJ so your never let down. You can earn a consistant amount of money and its worth giving a go. Take a look at: http://www.commission-junction.com Just pick the company that best suits your site and you really can make alot. Give it ago. Alex