One of the most popular and well-known affiliate networks is the CJ affiliate network, found at CJ.com. People can make thousands of dollars each month by promoting CJ.com’s affiliate programs online. Affiliate marketing could be what you need if you’re tired of working in a cubicle and want to start your own online business that doesn’t require any money to get started.
Affiliate marketing is one of the cheapest ways to start your own business. Getting involved with Affiliate Networks can help you take your skills with affiliate programs to the next level.
Review of the CJ Affiliate Network
Affiliate programs are a way for businesses to get “free advertising.” They do this by making an online platform that you can use to become a “partner” affiliate. On these platforms, you can make banners, links to websites, and other interactive items that can be put on websites and also social media accounts to drive traffic to a company’s website.
In exchange for you telling people about their products or services, they pay you a commission per person who visits their site or, more often, a percentage of the sales made by people you sent their way.
The great thing about affiliate programs is that you can join them for free, and it usually only takes a minute to sign up. You don’t need any experience or workers to run it as a business. You need a website and the ability to write about things you’re interested in.
How to Get Started with CJ.com
To join the CJ Affiliate Network, go to www.cj.com. And scroll down until you see the section where you can sign up. There are two ways to sign up: as an advertiser or publisher. Click on “Publishers” to sign up, as “Advertisers” is for businesses that want to add their program to CJ’s network.
As a publisher for CJ, you will get paid a commission if you work with them to advertise and earn a commission. Signing up is easy, and all you need to do is give your name and email address. After you send those in, you’ll need to confirm your email address by clicking the link in an email you’ll get.
How to Look for Affiliate Programs
Once you’ve signed up and been approved as a CJ Affiliate (Publisher), you can use the affiliate network and look for affiliate programs. Here’s where the fun starts!
Go to the CJ Affiliate Portal and click on the “Advertisers” tab at the top. You can begin to consider for affiliate programs to work with here.
Search by type of affiliate
Searching by category is one of the easiest ways to find affiliate programs. Since you should already know your website’s niche at this point, you should have a few categories in mind for what you’re going to write about.
Click the Category option beneath the search box to search by category. Here, you can see the different kinds of affiliate programs that CJ offers. You can choose as many categories as you want and then hit the search button again.
How to Join Affiliate Programs
When you find an affiliate program you like, all you have to do is click the “Join Program” button next to it. Then, a pop-up box will ask you to agree to the affiliate program’s terms. So easy is it to sign up for each program. After you send in your application, the company will look it over and decide if you are a good fit or not.
When you click the button to join the program, you may find that you are automatically turned down. The affiliate program has certain requirements that your profile does not meet, such as the amount of traffic, the amount of money you make, or the type of business you run. If this is the case, but you still think you’d be a good fit, you can find the affiliate’s contact information by clicking on “More Info” under the affiliate program. You’ll find an email address, website, or phone number to call. See the picture below.
Usually, it only takes between one and two days after you apply to find out if it was accepted. If it were, you’d get an email letting you know. Some companies get so many applications that it could take them long to get to yours. If that happens, you can also contact the affiliate company by following the steps above.
Where to Look for Your Links
Once you’ve been accepted, you can start making money.
Before you can start using the affiliate program, you’ll need to look at all of the affiliate links. Every affiliate program is different, so you’ll need to look at what’s there. If you can’t find anything, you can also make your affiliate content.
Here’s an example of the TripAdvisor affiliate program on CJ and an explanation of the different types of affiliate links:
Extra Link Types
Most companies don’t offer Advanced link types because they are harder for advertisers to set up. Advanced links are boxes that you can interact with. Most of the time, these boxes are search boxes. Here’s an example from Trip Advisor that shows how you can use the site to find hotels.
Banners might look like the advanced box up top, but they are just pictures where you can’t type or search. Banners let you add a graphic ad for a company’s products, services, or sales to your page.
The text links are just website addresses (URLs) that take you to different parts of the company’s website. This could be for a certain product, a page with a discount, or something else. You’ll use this to link to text or post on your social media site most of the time.
Each link you find will have a button that says “Get Code” and looks like this: “/>.” You’ll use each one differently, which I’ll describe below:
Advanced Link Types and Banners
For these two types of links, click “/>” and then “Get Code,” which will show you the “HTML” code. To get the banner/interactive box to show up on your site, copy everything in the box that says “HTML” and paste it there.
Most of the time, all you need for text links is the website’s URL, which you can find by clicking the “/>” button next to each link and then the “Get Code” tab. You can scroll down and also click the “Click URL” tab to get a shortened URL that will take your customer to the right place. See the picture below:
If this is your first time using CJ, it might be hard to figure out what to do, so I suggest you watch our YouTube tutorial for a more in-depth look at how to use it.
Creating Link Tracking
Optimization is something you’ll have to deal with as your website and also traffic grow. From where do your sales come? How can you turn a day with ten sales into a day with 12 sales? How can you get more people to buy from your best pages?
Your affiliate links need to be tracked as part of this process of optimization and also growth. You need to know which links bring in the most money to put more effort into those. You need to know which links aren’t making money to move them to a better spot on the page or change your call to action (call to action).