The best place to learn about quality affiliate programs for hard goods is on Commission Junction (“CJ”). You will be able to see who the companies are and the commission structure of each.The best way to learn about CJ is to let CJ teach you. CJ has training programs to help you learn about CJ.
When you go to the CJ site, you will see a link near the top that that says Client Resources. This link will give you a drop down box. Click on Training to read how to start your education. At the bottom of the page click on the link Publisher Training. This will take you to the list of seminars that teach you all about Commission Junction.
Note: When you are viewing the CJ site, you are referred to as a “Publisher” and the company you are representing is referred to as an “Advertiser”.
Do not join CJ yet. You will be helped later in this page through the sign up process.
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The only way to learn what affiliate programs are available to you on Commission Junction is to sign up as a CJ publisher. When you join CJ, you will be able to view the thousands of companies that have affiliate programs and the commission structure of each. You can then join the affiliate programs from within CJ without having to go to each company and apply.
Join Commission Junction and study the many companies that are represented. Select a few that you feel might be ones that you would like to represent. Don’t join the affiliate program, but go to Google and research the company website. See if they sell themselves well and will support the sales effort that you are going to put into the program. Also, from Commission Junction, you can link to the landing page in the company website. Go there and check it out to see if it sells well. I had a funny experience on one site. While I was writing sales copy for the program that we joined, I clicked on the link to the landing page. It was not the same company name, but rather it was a subsidiary. It is important to know what your customer will see when they first meet the affiliate company at their website.
Step by Step Start
The following will lead you through the sign up process as a Commission Junction publisher. This process is longer than most that you have previously completed. Be prepared to complete two pages of information. The second page is long and detailed.
First page: Select your language, country, and currency. Click NEXT.
Second page: After swearing to abide by the rules and regs, you will be asked for information about your newsletter or website (URL). If you have a website, you can enter it. If not, make up a name for the eZine that you may plan to publish. For this application, you must make up a newsletter name if you do not have a website (URL). Be creative!
You will then be asked about your promotional methods. Click the Website/Content and Search Engine Marketing buttons. Next click “NO” on the radio button that asks if you donate any proceeds to charity (unless you want to do so).
Next you will be asked to enter all the information needed for setting up your account. You might have to attempt this page a couple of times since you might not have all the info you might need the first time. A key item you will need is social security number or tax ID if you are registering as a business. If you want to have your payments direct deposited, get a blank check so you will have the info to set up the banking information.
When you finish giving CJ your entire pedigree, click “Accept Terms” and you are on your way. Check your Inbox for an email from CJ with your acceptance message and password.
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Once you have received your acceptance email from Commission Junction, log in to
and use your password to enter.
When you are logged in, you will be on your Comission Junction Home Page. It shows your account status and basic accounting info. It also shows the new advertisers on CJ. You might see if any of these look appealing since you can jump right on them and get a head start.
Near the top of the page click on “Account”. This is where you can update the information that you entered on your application.
Now down to business. Click on the “Get Links” tab near the top and you will be presented the page where you can find advertisers. There are several ways to view it: By category, by advertiser name, by Smart Zone, and by relationship which will list all the accounts with which you have an established relationship.
As an example, to find a company with which you are familiar (eBay), select the Category view and in the left column under Commerce, click “Auctions”. The page that is presented will contain various auction sites, but you will recognize most of them as the various eBay sites for the USA and other countries.
To join an affiliate, click on the “View Links” in the box with the affiliate name. You will be presented with the various banner ads and links for the affiliate. Pick one and click on it. If you are not a member of the affiliate program, you will be presented a page describing the program and at the bottom of the page is a button “Join Program”. Click this and see the response. Sometimes you will be accepted immediately and sometimes you will get a message that you will be notified after your application has been reviewed. Go ahead and join eBay USA since you should be accepted immediately by it.
The sequence of “Get Links” and “Join Program” is how you sign up for the affiliate programs that you want to represent. It is all in Commission Junction and it makes it very easy for you to grow an affiliate program as your online retirement job.
Note: Some affiliates require you to have a website when you sign up with them. You can get a website later if this program is what you want to pursue as an online retirement job.
Linda cautioned me to not let this sound like all you have to do is to sign up as an affiliate and you will get rich. Becoming an affiliate establishes the relationship to let you promote a product and get paid for successful promotion. It is up to you to do the work of driving traffic to the affiliate site. If you do your job well, a percentage of the traffic will purchase from the site and you will be paid a commission for those purchases.
This concludes your education about Commission Junction. It is a powerful website and is a must if you are going to create an affiliate program.
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