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    CJ 5-bar Merchants Status
    I often look at the green bar for a quick glance to see the status of a merchant before promoting but details are more in the numbers, 7 day and 3 month EPC.

    I find this handy and wished that other networks would have this too.

    However, I was just curious as to how the bars are calculated.

    I have a slight idea how this works for the affiliate bars, but is it the same for merchants?

    For example the 2 merchants below are both 4 bar merchants but their stats are different.

    Both merchants are 4 bars

    Merchant 1:
    $7.48 ( 3 month EPC ) ....... $10.11 ( 7 day EPC ) ------> 4 bars

    Merchant 2:
    $65.73 ( 3 month EPC ) ....... $103.22 ( 7 day EPC ) ------> 4 bars


    Why is that and should I even be looking at the bar chart at all?

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    The bars are for volume, how much is paid out total.

    The EPC is how much paid per x amount of clicks

    So the EPC can be very different, but the volume of total amount paid could be the same.

    At least that is what I understand it to be

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian

    So the EPC can be very different, but the volume of total amount paid could be the same.
    So let's say I am testing merchant 1 vs merchant 2 and I am split testing, sending both 100 clicks each. Assuming, same type of products, commission rate, etc. being equal.

    So from the stats EPC it will tell me that merchant 2 would be a better pick? So hence, I get didlysquat info from the green bars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladidah
    So let's say I am testing merchant 1 vs merchant 2 and I am split testing, sending both 100 clicks each. Assuming, same type of products, commission rate, etc. being equal.

    So from the stats EPC it will tell me that merchant 2 would be a better pick? So hence, I get didlysquat info from the green bars?

    Yes, I think so. The green bars are just showing how much the merchant pays out (compared to the rest of the CJ merchants)

    A niche merchant might be the best fit for you, but they have no chance of ever being a 5 bar merchant

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    Thanks Julian!

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