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    Reports suggestion for future upgrade.
    Hey Todd, or anyone from cj who reads this.

    Could you have a report which lets us see all the merchants by all websites by month (and other time periods) which we can download to excel etc.

    That way, we can see at a glance the performance of all merchants across all our sites and be able to focus on the best partnerships.

    Right now, we can only select 1 merchant at a time. To see all the merchants we have to go look at one merchant at a time which can be very very time consuming for affiliates who join hundreds of merchants.

    Another report that is an extension of the website performance by advertiser report but which allows to see (download) all merchants at a go rather than 1 at a time.

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    I second that request!

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    I know we have a project that provides enhanced performance reporting coming out later this year. I will need to look into whether it will have what you are requesting.

    Thanks for the input.
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    Don't we have that already?

    If you go to Transaction Reports, it will give you all the tracked transactions for the specified period across all websites and all merchants. the report is downloadable too, and sortable anyway you want it.


    What I'd like to have is a longer time frame in the selections. Like a 6 month period or a 1 year period. I believe you have this before, but it went with the reversal rate.

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    It took me about half an hour at the beginning of the year to download each monthly report for 2004. Then I combined them into one spreadsheet (57543 records - whew!). It's a useful tool to have.

    I just turn on the DATA AUTO-FILTER, and then I can select an Advertiser. With the SID field, I can filter further by product and see what I need to be working more on.

    By summing the Commission Field, I can see how much I earned with each advertiser for the year just by filtering the advertiser.

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    That lets you see sales.

    You need to see the clicks to get a fair picture of each merchant's performance. To download each merchant by website click and sales performance, one by one, takes days.

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    Clicks do not measure a merchant's performance. Sales does. You can have tons of clicks with no sales. So you think this merchant is performing just because it has that many clicks? come on.

    Instead, clicks are a measure of your own website's performance to generate traffic to the merchants.

    How the merchant is translating that traffic into sales is the actual measure of the merchant's performance. But I go more with the total (net) commish amount rather than sales/earnings per click.

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    I rarely look at click data. It means nothing to me. If I put up a merchant and am making several sales a day with that merchant, then I want to know which links (via SID) are performing so I can build on it. But that's just me.

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    In a previous incarnation of teh CJ interface, when you were at the pop-up window of any one merchant, you could click on a link that would give you their performance data for your account.

    I really miss that link. :^(

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    How about a report that show the number of clicks to all
    advertisers in the past two months ?

    Those advertisers getting zero clicks means the affiliate
    has not activate their links yet.

    It is good to have such report to remind affiliates to activate links
    for joined advertisers.

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    yup, that'll be great. especially if you couple that with other data. as a publisher, you kind of see what you're missing.

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    though, i think you mean zero impressions, not clicks

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    >>zero impressions, not clicks

    zero impressions report is meaningless to me

    - my text links in emails
    - lots of text links on the same webpage
    - no impression does not mean no traffic

    click report is truly traffic report

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    you're confusing yourself.

    no clicks doesn't mean that there is no link.
    having no clicks therefore is meaningless in finding out if a link was made or not for a particular merchant.


    but no impression definitely suggests that not a single link was made.

    even your own examples should bear that.

    - text links that are clickable on an email are in html format and should get an impression.

    - lots of (or only one) text links on the same webpage will definitely give out an impression.


    and only a month's data, not two months, is enough to find out if a merchant is getting an impression or not. at this time, cj doesn't report zero impressions. but befree does.

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    >> but no impression definitely suggests that not a single link was made.

    cannot agree


    no confusing, and i am not going to argue with you,
    you are not thinking the way i think

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    Vrindavan

    no arguing here too. we definitely have different ways of making it to the top 2% of the affiliate industry. good luck.

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    Correct me if I'm wrong - but, impressions at CJ are made by the little 1px banner at the end of the CJ links?

    You can leave the banner off of the link and the merchant still tracks the sale and you still get paid but there will be no impressions shown because the 1px banner was not in the link.

    Is this right or wrong?

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    you are correct

    impression tracking is a must for CPM and CPC advertising

    pay for performance counts leads and sales only

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    Vrindavan

    while impression tracking is not required for sales tracking, it does help answer your original question, which is, to find out which merchants you haven't made a link yet.

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    both zero impression report and zero click report are not available
    right now at cj

    if i want to have one, i prefer zero click report,
    zero impression report is meaningless to me. PERIOD

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    have you removed the 1x1 pixel from your emails and webpages?
    if you haven't, then here's how zero impression tracking can help you, if it does come along.

    if you look at your zero clicks only to find unlinked merchants, then your list will also include linked merchants with no clicks. but you will easily be able to filter these out by looking at the zero impression data.

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    >>if you look at your zero clicks only to find unlinked merchants, then your list will also include linked merchants with no clicks.


    i do not mind getting this data too,
    this data is useful just like unlinked merchants

    linked merchants with no clicks mean i have not promote the merchant much or in a correct manner, i still need to change my strategy so as to send more traffic to such advertisers.

    linked merchants with no clicks also mean you have done something without result, better do it again.

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    weren't you looking for unlinked merchants only earlier?


    anyway, you can get both data, even now, at cj.

    the unlinked merchants:
    by comparing your list of merchants with the list of merchants with impressions (currently available at cj). those without impressions are unlinked.

    the linked merchants with no clicks:
    just compare the impressions and the clicks columns. or if you prefer, you can filter them out from the database.

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    >>weren't you looking for unlinked merchants only earlier?

    what is the ultimate goal of looking for unlinked merchants ?


    >>the linked merchants with no clicks:

    how about report on all merchants (unlinked or linked ) with no clicks for two months ?

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