Like many others online, we are currently exploring the options out there in terms of affiliate marketing. We’ve worked with Clickbank in the past, and have had mixed success. We also noticed that the companies that offered products we felt good promoting to our readers worked with Commission Junction (amongst others). So we joined up with CJ, dotted the I’s and crossed the Ts and did everything right and went on to choose a few products to promote. Only one problem – our application to join their program was refused.
They didn’t want us. Way to make a site owner feel small! Since it must have been a mistake, we went on to try again – same thing – automatic refusal of our application. After a bit of a Google search on the issue, we soon learned it wasn’t something that was only being experienced by us. After reading post after post about this happening to people – and what they did about it – we came across one suggestion that was simple, but seemed sensible.
We went ahead and emailed the affiliate managers of the companies whose products we wanted to promote. It was a simple matter of getting their contact details from the CJ profile site and emailing them with a rundown of our site, what we can do for them and why we want to promote their product – along with a confused statement about our application to promote their product being denied. Of the two emails we sent, we received one reply.
That reply turned into a short conversation. It turns out that unless you are a four or five bar publisher, a lot of advertisers will automatically decline your application. And of course if you are just starting out, you will not have any history to be judged by. After they reviewed our account, we received an email saying that they had made us an offer through CJ.
It turns out that an automatic rejection is not a definite and permanent one. If you find yourself in this position, take it as a challenge. Contact the affiliate account managers of the companies you are interested in. Tell them about you, and give them a reason to invite you to join their program. It worked for us – and there is no reason why it cannot work for you too.