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CJ.com Affiliate Network Dishonesty Relationships
More Lies and dishonesty from cj.com Commission Junction affiliate network today 04/30/2011.A friend of mine has been affiliated with CJ.com since 2009. He received and email from Cj_networkquality@***.com stating the following:\"You are in violation of the Publisher Service Agreement section 1-d-iii for infringement.
Due to the commissions being generated fraudulently, your account balance will be returned to the advertisers and you will not be receiving any payment. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this issue please include them in a reply to the email address listed below.\"The lies from cj.com Commission Junction is that case is at least 50% of the sales from my friend were generated by honest and legitimate website banner. The other 50% were generated by using a domain name which was purchased back in 2004 but since has been copyrighted and therefore became subjet to new rules from cj.com labeled as \"a violation of the Publisher Service Agreement section 1-d-iii for infringement\".Since my friend CJ.com account has been closed there was no way it could be proven that half of the commissions made were legitimate. Furthermore, CJ.com \"Cj_networkquality@***.com\" would never and I mean ever gave specifics (time, place, form and event) as far as what violation, who\'s copyright or even showing a breakdown of the sales that \"were\" in violation of cj.com rules.The communications from CJ.com Commission Junction are just and always generalities in other words no facts ever ever ever.
In fact, I believe that all cj.com rules and email communication have been screened by lawyers. Here is an example of it:\"CONFIDENTIAL AND PROPRIETARY INFORMATION OF COMMISSION JUNCTION. Â© 2010 Commission Junction, Inc. All rights reserved.
This work contains information that is confidential and proprietary information to Commission Junction. Removal of this notice, and use, examination, disclosure, transfer and copying of all or part of this work are prohibited, except with the express written consent of Commission Junction.\"PS: I recently received details information from an former affiliate who has been keeping detailed information about his account on PDF format. This person would not disclose his name but he stated that his account has been recently closed by cj.com and he is on standby to receive his commissions. In the case cj.com would not release his affiliate commissions, he will release the documents with all data and specifics about his account and all email communications from cj.com concerning the matter.pps: I mentioned in my previous article that I did not believe that the highest echelon of cj.com Commission Junction were aware of these behaviors.
But I really change my mind on this and there are obviously part of it.ppps: Nations and Empires like Rome or Genghis Kahn went because of out ethics at many levels. CJ.com Commission Junction is far from them but again their policies and rules will bring them down and they will eventually disappear because of their out ethics behaviors.
Iâ€™m still surprised that so many people â€œwonder whyâ€ Commission Junction pulls such *** moves (and by the way, these are exactly the kind of sketchy, predatory â€œinactivity feeâ€ practices that recent federal legislation has BANNED and/or cracked down on hard, by credit card or gift card issuers).
Hereâ€™s the deal: Commission Junction COUNTS on the fact that the majority of its ads will be published by small publishers who will, individually, NEVER be able to collect a dime of their affiliate payments. This creates, collectively, a HUGE and steady income stream for Commission Junction, and helps CJ offer better deals to their large customersâ€“both advertisers and publishers.
I have heard some shortsighted defense of Commission Junction by people who actually think the failure to pay out to small affiliates is justified by the cost Commission Junction incurs to its bandwidth by hosting the images used in these ads, and tracking the clicks. â€œHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaâ€¦â€ Yes, thatâ€™s the sound of Commission Junction laughing all the way to the bank with millions of cumulative dollars from small affiliates.
Commission Junction is very pleased for its massive-income-generating small publishers to continue to publish CJ ads, banners, and links long after their accounts have been made dormant, and then deactivated. Are you kidding? After they take every penny under $100 that a paid-by-paper-check affiliate has in his/her account, Commission Junction still gets months and months of free advertising out of these small affiliates who often donâ€™t even realize that theyâ€™ve been deactivated!
What can you do? Well, you can stop using Commission Junction. And if the advertisers you like are not total industry giants, you can lobby them to switch to Google Affiliate or any better program. You might be surprised, but this works. In fact, a lot of mid-sized advertisers are actually pretty angry to discover that the money they paid to Commission Junction to pay affiliates never even got to the affiliates, but went right into Commission Junctionâ€™s deep, dishonest pockets. I mean, how would you feel if you were an advertiser and you gave Commission Junction a million dollars that supposedly got passed on to affiliates as their commission on your sales, plus you paid CJ some percentage for administering the whole process, and then you found out that $850,000 of that million never went to any affiliate because Commission Junction took it out of the affiliatesâ€™ account, and instead of returning it to you as â€œunpayable commissions,â€ they just kept it for themselves!
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