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Report: #624109

Complaint Review: CJ - Commission Junction - Internet

  • Submitted: Sat, July 17, 2010
  • Updated: Tue, March 22, 2011
  • Reported By: Anonymous — Hartford Wisconsin United States of America
  • CJ - Commission Junction

    United States of America

CJ - Commission Junction Deletes Accounts And Steals Commissions, Internet

*Consumer Comment: my own experiences with Commission Junction

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The affiliate program Commission Junction will close your account at the drop of a hat and steal legitimately earned commissions from you.  After hearing the stories of other disgruntled webmasters around the internet I put it to the test.  I put a long dead commission junction link on a adult website as they are very sensitive to free speech or anything they don't agree with.  This text link was one of their URL's without their name or anyone else's in it and it was from a website that hasn't even been apart of commission junction for quite some time.  In fact when clicked the link goes nowhere what so ever.  Therefore nobody would be tainted in anyway by having the link there.  There was no way to earn money from it what so ever.  It was specifically set-up as a test to see if they have a system in place to collect as much money as possible under the guise of someone violating their terms and conditions.

Sure enough they somehow found it and immediately deleted my entire account which encompassed many legitimate sites and links.  They also kept all the commissions I earned from legitimate links which is blatant fraud.  All they sent was an email and refused to reply to me in any way, shape, or form.  Just imagine if you have many sites and their links all over the internet and you accidentally place a link on the wrong site, add content they don't approve of, or some hacker does it.  You could lose all your commissions and have wasted a lot of time placing commission junction links everywhere.  Their clients are also implicated in the fraud as well.

I advise you to avoid signing up for the Commission Junction affiliate program.  If you see a site you want to promote and it turns out they only offer an affiliate program through Commission Junction then it would be best to avoid it and find a comparable site or product to promote.  If these people were legitimate then they'd treat people better and contact them about correcting any issues that may be by accident.  Just the fact that they will dismiss people instantly and take their hard earned cash speaks volumes about their business model.

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#1 Consumer Comment

my own experiences with Commission Junction

AUTHOR: Consumerconcerned101 - (United States of America)

In my own experiences, I used for 7 years and made some good
money. More recently, I received an email stating that my account would
be closed because I didn't follow the rules. And within minutes my CJ
account was locked and couldn't be accessed. Furthermore, they requested
that I answer their emails but they also locked the email address so I
was not able to answer. And all my answers were sent back to me.

After further investigations on my part and out point since the last years on my sales I found the following:

the period of Sept, Oct and Nov 2009, I was making good sales with one
of my merchant like $60 - $120 a day. Then certainly toward the end of
Nov 2009 the sales stopped to $0 while my clicks and impressions
were still going up. I contacted CJ support and told them about this
situation and they responded that they could agree more with the crash
and that they will investigate. They did and found nothing wrong with
their systems. But what could I do to verify their statements? Nothing!

CJ merchant, I use to make good money back in 2006 certainty stopped
making sales for about 1 year and half. Despite the clicks stats still
going up but no sales. Then this CJ Merchant decided to leave
last year and went to another affiliate Network. I signed up with this
new affiliate Network and joined this merchant. Believe or not my sales
went up the roof and still are going up to this day.

One other
similar example from another sport merchant that decided to leave CJ.
But prior leaving, since I was a good affiliate for them sent me a
private email stating that they couldn't work with CJ anymore and they
wanted me to join them on their private Affiliate Network, which I did.
Using this new Merchant Network as opposed to CJ, I double my sales on a
monthly basis.

To make a story short as per the above, one can
see that CJ system either at the corporate level or individual affiliate
manager are dishonest. This is simple and very straight forward facts.

So the question remind since the last 7 years using 100's of CJ merchants how much money never came in my pocket? No idea...

for sure, I know for a fact that somewhere along the line that some
affiliate managers are keeping the sales from affiliate to themselves
and perhaps the heads of most probably don't even know about it.

I do not blame CJ as a company. I mean, there are no doubt in my mind
that few bad apple are working in their system ripping off affiliates
that work hard to get some extra money. And I will believe that the
corporate at CJ don't even know about.

Anyway, I still waiting for my last payment from them which I earned but I not sure if I will ever get it...

CJ if you read this, you should investigate your own back yard as per
the above facts you are being betrayed and many affiliates are too.

I know that there are many instances and examples like this. Affiliate
if you have similar situations happening to YOU gather the facts and
speak out LOAD. You can make a difference...
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