I get asked all the time if I use Commission Junction (http://www.cj.com/) on my sites or promotions. I do use CJ on my sites but I don’t use them as much as I could or should. I will discuss the ups and downs with CJ and why I use them sparsely.
First, CJ is great because it has tons of businesses and ads all in one place. If you are looking to do either CPA promotion or Sales promotion this could be the place for you. Of course they have the E-bay affiliate program which can make you lots of cash. CJ gives you lots of options and products to choose from in one place which is great.
Second, CJ’s interface is not intuitive. While getting to your reports of statistics and sales is easy, but if you are trying to search for new advertisers plan to spend your time searching. The search works but it appears that for some reason some of the biggest companies are the hardest to find. A perfect example is for Bass Pro Shops, If you log into your account choose get links and input in the search box “Bass Pro Shops” you get back 0 results. This is just one example but this happens for many companies. The work around for this is to visit the website you want to join find their affiliate link then choose the link that states you are already a member of CJ, but having to do this makes no sense.
Thirdly, CJ does do charge backs. A charge back is when you provide a lead or a sale but advertiser comes back sometimes weeks later and states that lead or sale wasn’t valid and in turn you don’t get paid. I have talked with many people that have had this happen, while many big advertisers can handle the charge backs those starting out new can be squeezed out of the affiliate game due to this. I believe the charge back issue is something CJ needs to fix soon as this causes many publishers to steer clear.
Lastly, CJ is the only option to promote some goods. Even with its issues if you have a site or a way to promote some of the companies CJ lists you should sign up and try promoting. Be for warned that you may get frustrated at times but also be warned you could make a good bit of money promoting other peoples products or offers.
If you have any suggestions or feedback feel free to leave us a comment.
Posted on December 24, 2006 in CPA Affiliate Announcements p>
I hope that everyone has had a great year in the world of internet marketing. For me it has been astounding and still growing daily! I want to take the time to thank all of those that read this blog and hope you can at least gleam a few nuggets of information from it. I hope everyone has safe travels and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
Many of you have been posting or commenting about the Elite Retreat that recently took place in San Antonio Texas. Prior to the conference many were posting negative feedback and saying that it wasn’t going to be worth the $4,850 entry fee. After attending the two day conference I personally feel they should charge more. I will discuss why attending the Elite Retreat was more than worth it to me.
First, it wasn’t just about the four main speakers, Lee Dodd, Dave Taylor, Aaron Wall, and Jeremy Schoemaker (Shoemoney). When the conference started the main speakers introduced themselves and then every attendee introduced themselves with a brief background. After the attendees gave their background you realize that you have opportunities to learn from the attendees in addition to the main speakers. I made connections with some of the attendees that would have never happened without me attending and I know that the connections will pay off for both parties.
Second, the secrets were shared. Many people had doubts and stated the speakers will not share their secrets. The speakers realize it is the World Wide Web and there is plenty of room for us all to make money. When I say secrets were shared that doesn’t mean a free handout of here is the keywords, here is the ad to use, here is a site to buy, or here is a free buck. It was more of displaying this is a tool I use or created to give me an edge, some are out there for free but some are ones you would have to get made yourself. BUT we now have the edge and knowledge of tools that can help us now and in the future with increasing our search engine rankings and monetization of our sites.
Third, we all received real feedback and ideas for our websites. During one of the sessions they asked if people wanted feedback for their sites. Of course people were more than willing to have there site shown on the display screen, but not only was there great input and feedback given from the leaders but the attendees chimed in with nuggets of information also. The information given would help catapult those sites to the next level in sales, SEO, and monetization. If you didn’t want to have your sites up in front of everyone on the second day of the conference you had the opportunity for 1 on 1 time with each speaker. The 15 minutes of one on one time was worth the cost alone, I have over two pages of notes just from the individual attention time.
Fourth, you leave with new ideas, and ways to grow your sites or even start new ones. I know every single person left the conference and could not wait to get back and implement some of the ideas that were shared. I will be posting in the near future about some of the ideas I received at the conference and how much they benefited my sites monetarily and even boosting my search engine rankings. I honestly feel within a month I will have earned the money back that I spent on the Elite Retreat.
Ok everyone here are my goals for the year 2007!
1. Improve my health as a web entrepreneur, we have atendacy to sit on our rears a lot. I have a gym membership but have been maybe 10 times. (I do play basketball every other tuesday though)
2. Increase Company profit by 40%.
3. Do even more Networking by attending conferences.
4. Do more experiments with PPC (including 3rd tier)
5. Hire a Web Designer and Programmer. (Ties a little bit to #2)
6. Finish 3 sites that I have been working on since March 2006.
7. Get my 2nd Business off the ground that I am partnering with my Dad on.
8. Get CPA Affiliates shirts made and give some away!
Well those are my goals for 2007 what are yours? Again this is goals not resolutions, as for me resolutions never stick but goals usually do.
Well i got home yesterday and had two packages waiting for me. I tear into them as i wasn’t expecting a package and low and behold it was a gift from Maxbounty. It was a T-shirt for me and my wife, plus a basket of goodies (All kinds of cheeses, salmon, crakers, chocolate and some excellent chocolate truffles). With this I have received from two of my 3 main networks I use. I have gotten something from Google and Maxbounty still waiting for something from my other top one which is Azoogle (Hint, Hint). Below are some pictures of my gifts from Maxbounty. Thanks Maxbounty!!!!
Posted on December 8, 2006 in Affiliate Networks p>
I just got the email below from Maxbounty stating they are going to be donating all revenue on Monday December 11th to various charities. So push hard on monday for those in need!
Greetings everyone. The holidays are coming, it’s the time of year to be thankful for family and friends, and the success we all see in this fantastic field of Affiliate Marketing. This time of year, we’d like to try and help those who aren’t so fortunate and in need of aid. You can help too.
MaxBounty.com is supporting three needy associations this year, with a flat donation as well as all company revenue generated on Monday December 11th. Our support will mostly help the Children’s Aid Society (committed to protecting children and youth from abuse and neglect), but some funding will also go to the Cumberland Resource Center (a food bank in dire need of donations this time of year) as well as a local troop of Scouts (supplying them with tents). Thanks to you all, our growth in 2006 has been tremendous, and our support this year will be the highest ever.
Would you like to help? All MaxBounty.com network revenue on Dec 11th is going to help someone in need. Just do some extra advertising today, run some banners, drop a mailing, but mostly spread the word and have your affiliate friends do the same.
Posted on December 6, 2006 in Affiliate Tips p>
The question isn’t to be or not to be in the world of internet marketing it is Search Engine Marketing (SEM) or Pay Per Click (PPC)? This is a very important question that needs to be answered. The tough part is there is no easy answer.
I was inspired to write about SEM and PPC after reading a free E-book titled, Search Engine Marketing: Get in the Game (Click here to get your free copy instantly). First let me warn that I do not back or endorse the E-book, I just found it as an interesting read. It discusses why SEM is so important over PPC. The free E-book had some good points and is a great read for someone just getting into the internet marketing game but the information I found interesting was the PPC vs SEM click statistics.
Let me preface that the information was gathered in 2004 and as any of us in the business know the internet statistics change daily! But the information that was provided stated that on Google and Yahoo people were more likely to click the organic search than the PPC search, but on MSN they were more likely to click on the PPC ad over the organic search. Lastly for AOL it was 50/50 split.
Why is this information important? Honestly it’s not the information that is important but the concept behind it, as the data is really too old to base it on the statistics of today. But it shows that PPC and SEM both have their own benefits. From my point of view both take time and money, but there are two slight differences.
PPC marketing has almost instant results on search engines. This can lead to instant visitors, customers and revenue for your site, but it does come at a cost. As a PPC marketer you must make sure you are not over paying for a visitor as you can go into debt big time if you bid to high for a highly searched term and you don’t get enough return for your investment. Trial and Error and starting off slow with your PPC campaign help alleviate this.
SEM marketing in most cases does not yield instant results. But once your hard work is done to get your listing near the top, there isn’t as much expense as running a consistent PPC campaign. The bad news is that Google, Yahoo, AOL, or Msn could change there algorithm overnight you could go from number 1 to 50 or even worse not be listed. While it is not likely to lose that much placement it can and does happen.
Having said all that, the best plan of attack is both! Why not have a quick solution and a more long term less costly solution for your website. Many people only attack PPC or SEM while I feel most webmasters should be trying to capitalize traffic from both!
If you have any suggestions or feedback feel free to leave us a comment.
Posted on December 4, 2006 in Affiliate Information p>
I was getting ready to head out of my house for some christmas shopping on saturday December 2 and the UPS man drops off a package. To my surprise it was from Google. Of course I can’t wait to open it so I rush inside to open the package to see what goodie they sent me. It is a digital picture frame from Google! Below is some information about the digital picture frame and some pictures.
3.6 inch TFT digital photo frame
960 x 240 TFT screen, 16 mega-color
Picture: JPG format
Audio: MP3, WMA, WAV and records WAV itself
Video: ASF only
Media: Internal memory and SD card, comes with sample slideshow in memory
Power: 4 AA batteries, AC/DC power adapter even has foreign plug adapter.
I did have some issues transfering files to the internal memory but once I put in a SD card and trasnfered files to the card, the picture frame worked like a charm.