Commission Junction, founded in 1998 and acquired by ValueClick in 2003, is one of the largest affiliate marketing programs on the Internet. Their corporate headquarters is located in Santa Barbara, California, with other offices in New York, Chicago, Westlake, San Francisco, Westborough and offices in the Spain, UK, France, Sweden and Germany.
Commission Junction serves over 1,600 customers and is one of the most popular affiliate programs with thousands of companies listing their products with them. And this can be a very good advantage for the affiliates because they can promote products that are reliable and keep their websites trustworthy.
Commission Junction provides publishers the opportunity to earn more revenue from their audience on a pay for performance basis. Publishers can partner with thousands of advertisers online, place ads and links on their Web site in exchange for commissions, and manage all of these partnerships online with a single Web-based interface.
How does the program work?
If you don't know how you can make money from Commission Junction, this is what you will need. To begin with you will first need a website or a blog, preferably with a fair amount of traffic.
What the Commission Junction affiliate program does is it places advertisements on your website on your blog and you get paid for the leads and sales that your site generates. However if the advertisements would just sit on your website without getting generating sales or leads you make nothing.
Note: If you website fails to generate a designated minimum number of leads and sales, Commission Junction will not want to work with you anymore.
How to join Commission Junction?
First you need to submit the Commission Junction publisher application form and wait to be accepted into the program.
Getting company affiliate approvals
Once approved, log in and go to your CJ Account Manager page. Click on 'Get Links' where you see different advertiser categories. After locating businesses with products for which you are interested in becoming an affiliate, the next step is to apply for each individual program.
You need to join the company's affiliate program before being able to promote their products. On the result page, click on the product name and click 'Join Program' at the bottom. Once approved and the 'Relationship Status' set to active, you can now promote the products. Make sure to check out the commission rates that seems more profitable for you.
Setting up affiliate links
After you have been accepted in the program, that company's website will be listed in the drop down menu at the bottom under 'My Advertisers' when you login to your CJ Account Manager. By clicking on 'Go' button you can browse through that company's products and get your affiliate links.
Selling and promoting products
Once you get your affiliate links set up its time to start promoting those products and make money online. A good way to promote and sell products is to write some informative about the products and reviews or even to write articles about the topics related to these products.
To sum it all up, you can certainly make money with Commission Junction affiliate program but you need to put in some hard work and not be disappointed each time one of your applications is rejected.