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.
Former Commission Junction competitor beFree, Inc. was acquired by Value-click, Inc. in 2002, before Commission Junction. 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. Commission Junction 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.
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.
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:
1 WordPress project
NEW!50 GB SSD storage
1 Domain free for 12 months
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:
5 WordPress projects
NEW!250 GB SSD storage
1 Domain free for 12 months
The unlimited package will cost $8.99 a month for the first 12 months and then $14.99 a month after the first 12 months. In this package you get the following:
Unlimited WordPress projects
NEW!Unlimited SSD storage
1 Domain free for 12 months
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.
Wishing you the best in all you do