Is Commission Junction For Real (Now Known As CJ Affiliate)

Commission Junction are they for real?

I recently wrote about Bounty CPA which seems to be a program much like Commission Junction. I wasn’t really impressed by BountyCPA.

Therefore, is Commission Junction for real? Are they as shady as BountyCPA seemed to be? Maybe I got the wrong impression. Commission Junction might help me clear this up.

I did some research on Commission Junction and came across a video on how to use it. Me being the curious person and wanting to know what I was getting in to beforehand, I of course had to watch it.

At first, I thought I had clicked on the wrong video. It started to play and the caption read Affilorama. What? That isn’t what I wanted. I did a review on them and it wasn’t good. Affilorama is a training, software and support platform.

I first exited it and then went back to try again. It was the same video and it had Commission Junction written at the bottom.

This video is supposed to teach the basics of using Commission Junction. It iis 2 years old and the platform is not the same. This video provided very minimal help.

Why The Name Change

According to Wikipedia:

beFree, Inc. / Value-click, Inc.[edit]

Former Commission Junction competitor beFree, Inc. was acquired by Value-click, Inc. in 2002,[2] before Commission Junction.[3] beFree was gradually phased out in favor of Commission Junction. On February 3, 2014 Value-click, Inc. announced it has changed its name to Conversant, Inc., bringing former Value-click, Inc. companies Commission Junction, Dotomi, Greystripe, Mediaplex, and Value-click Media under one name. Conversant was bought by Alliance Data in 2014.[4] Commission Junction[5] continues to be known as CJ Affiliate.

Commission Junction still operates under CJ Affiliate. There seems to be a lot of previous companies are all rolled into one now. Which I am sure it gives them a much better reputation as well as affiliates and publishers.

Commission Junction is still Commission Junction it is just using the initials and adding affiliate to the end. This makes it CJ Affiliate.

Getting Approved For Publisher

I had to fill out an application and once I verified my email, I was able to log in to my account. I was asked a few questions and one in particular was how I planned to drive traffic to my advertiser.

Since I have a website and am allowed to build 49 more websites free of charge and no hosting fee, I chose to do it by a niche website and email marketing.

The response I got was that I am not allowed to do anything until an advertiser had reviewed my information and approved me. What? Why is this?

Hmm, this sounds a little familiar, but yet it wasn’t as hard to get my foot in the door at least. I really want to learn the reason behind this strategy.

Application And The Reason For It

It seems I may owe BountyCPA an apology and will need to do an update on that post. After A LOT of research, I believe I know why there is a more thorough application process for becoming a CPA.

Since you are not actually selling anything to someone, the advertisers (those with products/services to sell) want to make sure that you will be able to send the right traffic/leads to their products or services.

Thinking of it from this perspective has made me realize that this isn’t being “shady” it is just being smart. When you fill out your application for any CPA program they ask for you website.

Most of them require you to have one. It is my belief that once you have submitted them the information, they then go and check your website. Commission Junction is not a CPA however.

Do you have a good website with quality content? Is the content or niche suitable for a product or service their advertisers have to promote?

Are you getting a good amount of traffic? These are all really good points for them to look for since you will be sending them potential buyers.

This makes more sense now. In affiliate marketing YOU are promoting the actual product/service. If you make a sale, then you get a commission.

Getting Started

Since I have my foot in the door, I initially thought that I had to wait 14 days before I was allowed to do anything as I have to get approved by an advertiser.

While checking out the site I discovered I needed to choose an advertiser and then wait to see if they approve me. Yikes. I am not sure how that will go.

I have searched for help in their support center, BUT it is a FAQ type of support. You can email them though. I am still waiting on a reply.

I did receive an email from support the next day. That wasn’t to bad, since it wasn’t something I needed help with right away.

The training they provide leaves a lot to be desired. The “training” is all text based. Finding your way around is not easy at all. The program I am a member of is a lot easier than this and it comes with LIVE support.

I signed up with an advertiser and I actually got approved in less than a week. Yay, me. I think. I didn’t receive an email or anything to let me know I was approved.

I chose a company 1&1 Internet inc. It is listed as a web hosting/servers company. I had to really do my homework on this one if I wanted to make money from it. This program gives you a list of keywords. I am going to use one and one web hosting for my keyword.

Now mind you, this was only so that I can give you my honest opinion of this company. I am a part of a great program that gives me 25 free (sub) domains and 25 purchased domains with free hosting and security, plus everything I need to make them successful websites.

Promoting The Product

You will use your own website to promote the advertisers products that you get approved for. You will be provided links that you can copy and paste into your site or post.

I am going to use a banner. Just to see how it does. I don’t personally use the product, therefore I will not write my thoughts on it. I don’t want you thinking it is some great product and then find out that it isn’t.

I will provide the information that i have found on them as well as what others say about them and include it in my next post. Just for you.

What I see so far is that 1 & 1 Internet Inc. actually doesn’t sound like a bad program especially if you are just starting out as a blogger and can’t really afford to spend a lot.

Product Promotion

I know this isn’t your normal way of doing this, but I am going to include a promotion for the product I chose in order to give you a general idea of what to expect if you decide to join them.

1&1 Internet Inc Is the product I applied for was approved to promote. They offer reasonable plans for purchasing/servicing domains, websites, email services.

As you can see the price is VERY reasonable and they basically offer everything you need in order to build your online business.

It seems you PICK the services you want and pay for them individually. I don’t see that they have a package that has everything for one price. Which explains why I had a list of different services to choose from that I could promote.

Lets take a look at my main product with 1&1 to see exactly what you get with each package and what it will cost you.

It seems you PICK the services you want and pay for them individually. I don’t see that they have a package that has everything for one price.

1&1 WordPress Hosting is my main product. WordPress is the best you will ever come across. i use it as well.

The basic package cost $0.99 per month for the first 12 months and then $7.99 a month after the first 12 months. In this package you will get the following:

The Plus package cost $4.99 for the first 12 months and then $9.99 a month after the first 12 months. In this package you will get the following:

1and1.com | Hosting, Domains, Website Services & Servers

WordPress is an exceptional platform. The site you are on right now was created by using it. It is beginner friendly with the best plugins and widgets you will find. I am sure most of you are very familiar with it.

My purpose of running this semi promotion for WordPress hosting was my way of showing you what I mean about doing your research, if you are interested in promoting products through Commission Junction.

Now back to the main subject.

Commission Junction Basics

The process of getting accepted is definitely easier than BountyCPA. I still have heard nothing from them and I applied twice.

If you are a beginner, it will not be easy for you, but it can be done. Do not expect to get answers to your questions with in minutes, like I do with the number one program I promote.

You actually have to not only be approved by Commission Junction but also by the advertiser for the product that you want to promote.

Your best bet will be to find videos on YouTube in order to learn how to maneuver around the platform. I am still having trouble with it myself.

If you want to check out the training they do have, or if you have a question, just click on the question mark in the upper right-hand corner and this will take you to their support center.

It seems you can sign up for as many advertisers as you like. I would definitely make sure that they fit your niche before signing up. I would also advise that you research the advertiser and their products as well.

You have to earn at least $100 USD in order to get paid the following month. If you do not have $100.00 then it will roll over until you reach the minimum of $100.

I can not tell you about how they are with payments personally as I have yet to really promote my chosen product. I can assure you that as soon as I find out I will be updating this.

My Honest Opinion

I think that this will definitely be a better avenue to travel than BountyCPA. Even though it is difficult to navigate or get help and information, it seems like a legit way to promote products and earn money.

After doing some thinking about the “approval” process, it actually makes me think that it is a good idea and not that shady at all.

Commission Junction, CJ Affiliate or what ever you refer to it as, does not compare to my number one recommendation. I don’t think it is a scam and I didn’t run into any upsells either.

You can check out my review for my number one recommendation here.

If you are or were a publisher for Commission Junction/CJ Affiliate, I would love to hear about your experience with them. It can be good or bad, as long as it is honest.

I hope I have provided you with some useful information. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please leave them down below. I love hearing them just as much as I love responding to them.

Thank you

Wishing you the best in all you do

Lee Ann






Lee Ann Cermak-McQuay

I am a family oriented mother and love being involved with my little ones. My husband is the best guy a girl could ask for. I love helping others which is why I created this site. I know what it is like to NEED to work and earn an income, but not be able to do it outside the home. I am now able to help others find work they can do from home. And I love it.


  1. I’m guilty of putting off signing up for CJ because the interface of the website seems a bit complex, although I’ve heard the affiliate programs they have to promote are pretty good and have a lot to offer for bloggers in a lot of different niches.

    I’ll have to take the time to really look into the affiliate programs available through CJ and actually take the time to go through the application process.

    • They do have many advertisers, even some well known ones. I am sure there are products that will fit a large variety of niches.
      I agree with you about the interface being complex. It is quite aggravating. But it did seem like a legitimate program. I do strongly suggest that you do some research on the advertiser when you see a product you are interested in promoting. Some other programs have been accused of having fake products.
      Wishing you the best in all you do
      Lee Ann

  2. Great post about commission junction. I have been a member there for years. They are quick with payout and an overall good company. 🙂 Keep up the great blog.

    • Thank you for taking the time to share this with me. It soothes my mind to know that I am not leading my readers into a horrible program.
      After reading your comment, I believe I will set up another website in order to truly promote products for them.
      If you would like, please feel free to let us know how long you have actually been there and what pointers you might have. That would be awesome.
      Wishing you the best in all you do
      Lee Ann

  3. Hi Lee Ann, I too was a bit skeptical about Commission Junction, and have been hesitate to sign up, so thank you for this review. I might head on over to your other post and see what your number one recommendation is. However this was a very useful read and I think I will sign up to Commission Junction now, as any avenue to earn affiliate revenue that brands well with my website is a bonus.

    • Thank you very much for your time and kind words.We can never be to safe when it comes to online opportunities. Doing research before applying or joining anything, should be our top priority.
      I will tell you that my number one recommendation is Wealthy Affiliate. You can get beginner friendly training as well as the tools need to build your own online business. There are so many benefits of being a member there and you never have to worry about being charged extra or having the membership fee increased.
      If you join Commission Junction, please do let us know what you think of it. Good or Bad.
      Wishing you the best in all you do
      Lee Ann

  4. Hi Lee Ann,
    Thanks for the great article. I have joined commission Junction years ago, but I must admit have been slacking in promoting products. Just getting started now to really make an effort. This has inspired me.

    • Thank you for stopping to read my post and I am glad it gave you some inspiration.
      I hope you have some success with the products that you choose. I as well as some of my readers would greatly benefit from your experience with Commission Junction. It seems there are some mixed emotions, but I am certain that they are legit. The platform itself could use some work to make it more user friendly,
      I hope to hear back from you.
      Le Ann

  5. After I have read your article on CJ , this has erase all the doubt I had in mind about this company. Now I am more confident in joining CJ and making affiliate as my second job. Great and truth worthy article.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this with us

    • Thank you and I am glad you found this useful.
      Keep in mind that I can’t vouch that you can easily make money or that you can make good money.
      I can just say that it is for real, that it is legit.
      If you join I would love for you to come back and share your experience with us. I have had a reader that was a member and had nothing but good things to say and a reader who didn’t have any good things to say.
      I hope to get the experience of others as well.
      Lee Ann

  6. I actually signed up with Comission Junction some time ago because I was building a niche website and one of the best affiliate programs from a big dealership was offered through CJ. Never got any replies for my application and decided to go with Amazon instead. It seems weird to me they don’t make these services simple to use as people don’t have time to send application several times and wonder if it sticks, so to speak. When there are competitors that make it much easier to sign up for an affiliate program I wonder how they are even in business anymore. So my experience with them was definitely a bad one. Thanks for the review Lee Ann!

    • Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
      I agree that you would think they would make it more simple.
      I noticed that the advertisers break the products down A LOT.
      Maybe this is how they are still making sales and getting publishers to join.
      The platform is really difficult to understand. I did get accepted and was able to figure my way around for the most part.
      It seems to be legit. I still don’t have a good opinion on BountyCPA though.
      Wishing you the best in all you do
      Lee Ann

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