For one of our newly launched services we were exploring a global affiliate networks with international reach to increase sales and Commission Junction (popularly known as CJ) was an obvious option being one of the most popular affiliate marketing network. I sent a query to them asking how much they charge merchants for using their platform. Their response came as a shock :-/
Any guesses how much CJ charges merchants for enrolling into their affiliate program? Well, they charge a whopping $6500 USD plus 3% transaction fees. And that’s not all, if your accumulated transaction fees for a month are less than $500 USD then you need to pay minimum monthly amount, which is $500 USD. Below are complete fee details.
Well, now I know why e-commerce sites are fleeing from Commission Junction and other affiliate networks :). Earlier I used to be a CJ publisher and noticed a few Indian e-commerce using CJ but I didn’t find any now. I also checked some other sites and found that cheapest option available is probably Shareasale which charges $550 USD one time setup fee and 20% per transaction (20% of affiliate commission) and minimum 1 cent per transaction. CJ charges minimum 30 cents per transaction.
Wondering what we finally decided. Well, for now we decided to stay away from these networks and now planning to run our own in-site affiliate program using any COTS tool.