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How Does CJ Affiliate Work?


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You should at least have a basic understanding of HTML, as you need this skill to insert the tracking code in your website.

If HTML is completely foreign to you, visit w3schools to pick up this new skill.

To find advertisers within your niche, click Advertisers > Category.

cj affiliate advertisers

Before you start joining affiliate programs, let’s break down what these 3 columns mean.

cj affiliate network earnings epc

The first column, Network Earnings, shows how an advertiser performs on CJ Affiliate.

See that green bar? It’s based on the volume of commissions paid out to publishers like you.

The longer the green bar, the better it is. This indicates the advertisers are actively paying commissions, which is a great sign.

New accounts are labeled “New” for their first three months.

The second column, Earnings per click (EPC) measures how many visitors you can drive through your site that will generate sales for advertisers.

During this 3-month and 7-day period, if there are less than 1000 and 100 clicks respectively, N/A will be displayed.

To view more details about the program, click on the advertiser. It tells you important information such as the affiliate commission rates, policies, and referral period.

cj affiliate program terms

Click the green ‘Join Program’ button in the third column to submit your application. During this stage, you may be required to accept the terms and conditions.

Many advertisers use automatic rules to accept or decline applications, whereas some review manually.

Responses can take from a day to a few weeks, so you may need to be patient.

Now… advertisers on CJ Affiliate are notorious for being picky.

If your website — knocks on wood — gets rejected, don’t be disheartened. Move on to the next CJ advertiser. Who knows, they may be a better match for your blog.

Upon approval, click Get Links.

Power tip
: If you pick banner, flash or text links, hover over the icon to get a preview of the ad. You can see how it will appear on your website.

Next, click the Get Code (</>) button:

cj affiliate get code

There are 4 choices to choose from:
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Click URL (for search engine promotion, aka Google and Bing)
  • Image URL (for products)
If you want to customize your code (e.g. open in new tab), only customize it via the Get Code interface on CJ Affiliate. Remember to update it. If you don’t, your changes will not take effect.

You’ll notice several advertisers’ codes include different click domains or additional parameters. Do not modify them.

Affiliate Commission Junction will not take any responsibility if publishers modify and make a mistake with the codes.

If you want to modify them or have questions about the code, contact the relevant advertiser (not CJ Affiliate). You can do this in your dashboard: Mail > Messages > Compose.

After you finish customizing, copy the entire code:

cj affiliate grab code

…and paste it into your web page.

If you select HTML, make sure you’re on Text editor mode before you paste it.

Need to refresh your memory? Here’s a handy guide on how to use WordPress’s Block Editor.

cj affiliate paste code website

Voila, you’re done.

To verify your tracking code, go to Reports > Performance Reports.

Adjust the filters as you see fit. Let it run for a while. If your affiliate link is reporting clicks or impressions, it’s tracking.

Power tip: Watch out for invalid links on a daily basis, as offers expire or advertisers may get deactivated.

On your Tasks list, look for a “Review __ click(s) from invalid links”.

And keep a close eye on your notifications. You will be notified if a link or ad isn’t working.

If you’ve been reading CJ Affiliate reviews in forums, you’ll notice there have been numerous cases where publishers are promoting links even when advertisers have already left the program.

Don’t let this soul-crushing situation happen to you.

It’s a huge waste of time and effort.