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    Affiliate Manager sherry Ciao's Avatar
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    Question Can I lauch my program on cj?
    I viewed the help page on cj.com and found the way to access on cj:
    * Selling online for at least 1 year
    * Generate a minimum of $50,000 per month in online sales
    * Already active in other forms of online advertising such as SEO, PPC or CPM
    * Email program to remarket to your existing customers
    * Site contains a secure shopping cart, a published return policy and guarantee, email communication confirming purchase and delivery of goods or services, and access to customer support
    * Site contains no pop-ups on landing pages
    * No template or blog sites
    * Not an adult oriented, or gaming site
    * Not a regional site that is only targeting a small market


    But the truth is:
    we just launched our site on line on 2010-04-12 and of course can't match some of the other factors he mentioned, so our application will not be accepted right?
    Can anybody share a good network to me?

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    You can try clickbank. It's not as hard to get in there. Their vendor requirements are on http://www.clickbank.com/help/vendor...dor-checklist/
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    Clickbank is primarily for downloadable products. Take a look at Shareasale for selling physical products. Do a search on ABW and you'll find out what others say about the major networks, especially for a startup business.

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    I've got to agree with 2busy. ShareASale may be a great place for you to consider.
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    sherry, CJ will allow you to launch a program they just are recommending that you have those factors in place to better insure success. Outside of the setup fees and deposit you need consider the $500 per month minimum for the year contract.

    ShareASale is a good low cost alternative and fine proving ground with a $25 monthly minimum and much lower upfront costs. If SAS is successful you can always consider adding a CJ program later.

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    Wow, I'd never heard some of these guidelines attributed to CJ before (whether they are restrictions or recommendations). CJ has certainly worked with many startup merchants that haven't been in business for a year, and who aren't anywhere near $50,000 in monthly sales.

    Looking at your list of nine items, it appears to me that the first four items are "suggestions" while the next four are more likely to be "requirements," and the final item is probably also a "suggestion."

    Like others, I'd certainly recommend looking at ShareASale as an alternative to CJ, and depending on the industry or niche, it might be worthwhile to explore some other affiliate networks. See my "free affiliate-program advice for merchants" (link below).

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    [QUOTE=sherry Ciao;1024862]I viewed the help page on cj.com and found the way to access on cj:
    * Selling online for at least 1 year
    * Generate a minimum of $50,000 per month in online sales
    * Already active in other forms of online advertising such as SEO, PPC or CPM
    * Email program to remarket to your existing customers
    * Site contains a secure shopping cart, a published return policy and guarantee, email communication confirming purchase and delivery of goods or services, and access to customer support

    * Not an adult oriented, or gaming site


    QUOTE]

    This is off topic but I'm not sure if their list of requirements is up to date.
    Isn't Adam & Eve on CJ? Aren't they an adult site. There are a number of adult oriented sites on CJ.

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    When they say adult, what they really mean is porn. Which is different from adult toys, programs you can find on CJ, SAS, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust View Post
    When they say adult, what they really mean is porn. Which is different from adult toys, programs you can find on CJ, SAS, etc.
    Doesn't Adam & Eve sell x rated videos?

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    After doing some research, looks like they do. Maybe if you have mainly toys, you can sneak some movies in.

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    What about the gaming part? How do they define that? Isn't GoGamer a gaming site?

    CJ has terms but are they being enforced for everyone?

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    Gaming I'm sure is gambling even tho they have a betting/gaming section. So I don't know if they get into specifics somewhere else in what they exactly mean.

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