This is a timely topic for me too.
The day you posted this I got an email from my CJ
acct mgr and was ready to help me negotiate a commission increase and talk to another CJ
acct mgr of a certain merchant. So he hinted that perhaps if I wanted to give the merchant more exposure they would accept the proposal.
Exposure would be perhaps:
(1) Homepage banner placement
(2) Social media promotion (newsletter, twitter, facebook, etc. etc.)
(3) Perhaps banner placement on each page
(4) Perhaps tiered sales per month.
So if you are going to give them more exposure, I would perhaps ask for a commission increase or a paid banner placement. Currently I don't use newsletters but if I did, I would place affiliate links in them as well. No free traffic though to the merchant unless it is a store that does not have an affiliate program that I absolutely truly love and think that would help my visitors/readers. And I do have plenty of those links on my site.
Side note: I also see that CJx Beta is also being offered on CJ
. Anyone tried this? I believe it is similar to OpenX but not sure. This would be a good way for merchants to gain exposure and allow affiliates to get paid.