CJ provides more includes than many other affiliate marketing companies. One of its most unique features is a web-based email system that allows affiliates and advertisers to correspond with each other. This makes it easy for both parties to have a means of communication without a middleman relaying the messages. Although CJ does not classify advertisers as “Premium Advertisers” they do represent large and well known businesses that are able to create more web traffic through the advertisement, raising commissions.
CJ notifies its affiliates when a link and/or advertisement has expired so they can keep their website up-to-date. For affiliates who are administrators over several websites, CJ has created a simple way for people to manage your campaigns and track stats for each site individually.
Certain advertisers will offer specials or incentives, and CJ helps you access those advertisers easily by website them on their Get Links page. The incentives are created by the advertisers to motivate better affiliate performance. CJ provides payment picks through check or direct deposit. Pay Back frequency is monthly and the threshold is $50 for direct deposit and $100 for check.
CJ has the capabilities to let you know how your site is doing at any point in time by offering up-to-date reporting with real time stats. Reports available offer week over week, month over month and year over year reporting, which can make it possible for users to pull up any two weeks, months or years and view the changes in their stats. This is a popular and useful form of reporting for affiliates and mostly the large businesses who keep a close watch on their stats.
The website offers Performance and Buys Reports. It is easy to pull up a report and find the subject you are looking for because almost every option provides a drop-down menu. Through abilities reporting, users have the option to view their monthly functionality trend by commissions, sale amounts, sales, leads, clicks, conversion rate (CR) and earnings per 100 clicks (EPC). They can also run a performance report based on a unique website covering an exact period or date range. CJ will run reports based on your top ten advertisers by week or by month so that you can see who brings in the most commission earnings. We also found that you can spare reports for archive purposes and offline study.
Transaction report types include: commission brief summary, commission detail, purchase summary and transaction detail. These reports can be sorted by advertiser or event date and through type of advertisement, sale, advanced sale, lead, advanced lead, click, per thousand impressions, bonus and performance incentives). These reports can well go over an exact period or date range and provide balance details such as expected commissions and current balance.
With the large levels of reporting features CJ provides, the process of running a report is still very simple and easy.
It is free and easy to sign up as a publisher with Commission Junction. The registration is fast and immediately after registering, users will pick up an e-mail that allows them to sign into their account and begin utilizing the services the company offers. To register, all you need to enter is your contact suggestions, the web direct for the website you will use to publish ads and the way you would like to be paid. After submitting your information and agree to the legal portion, an email will be sent to your account. After clicking on the link to approve your email and identity, everything CJ offers is now at your fingertips.
Commission Junction’s homepage (cj.com) provides information for each user account and the stats of their websites. Quick Stats located on the homepage includes: web site, period, commission earned, sales, leads, clicks and impressions, click-through rate (CTR), earnings per 1000 Impressions (EPM) and earnings per click (EPC). It also shows Program Functioning and earnings over seven days, three days and altogether.
The website is prepared with a user-friendly interface. Any page you are on will easily navigate you to another page or area of the website. The Account tab will take end-users to the Administrative settings where they are able to change account, payment and tax advise as well as user settings.
Hand in hand with the ease of the blog are the search options CJ provides. Affiliates are able to sift through their advertisements and utilize a variety of searches to meet their needs. Advertisements can be pulled up according to approval status: offered, pending, accepted or declined by advertiser. You can also search through your marketing campaigns and links by earnings per click, type, size, relationship, and status.
CJ has leared what affiliates are looking for and made it possible for them to easily perform searches to find the answers and information they are looking for. We found the website very user friendly when using the search engine on-site, and were able to regain our data within a minute.
CJ has helpful and friendly customer support staff. Each time we called CJ with the toll-free number listed on their site, we were able to quickly connect to a representative who was able to answer our questions. The longest amount of time we were on adhere while trying to reach a representative was 3.5 minutes.
The website also offers Frequently Asked Questions that include topics such as: What is a publisher? What is an advertiser? What is an affiliate marketing program? How does CJ know which publisher to pay for a transaction? Are advertisers’ ads available in multiple languages? These questions plus many more advantageous questions and answers are available on their web page.
Once you are a member and have logged into your account you will be brought to the home page, the CJ Account Manager page. From this page you can click on the “Help” link and ask your own inquire and get a specific answer just for you and your account from the CJ client services team.
There are several ways for a publisher to get in contact with CJ and with their friendly customer service and quick timing; getting help and/or support for your account will suddenly relieve any stress or worry you could have.
Commission Junction Summary: 10/10
We found Commission Junction to be the very commission junction affiliate marketing company we reviewed. They provide an easy interface and organization when it comes to your account and keeping track of your ads. With the website features, reporting, search options and customer support combined with their selection of advertisers, this company has what any affiliate marketer is interested in, all in one place.