CJ Affiliate™, formerly known as Commission Junction, is a 3rd-party affiliate marketing program with over 600,000 members. These members are able to promote thousands of different affiliate marketing programs, which now includes AWeber!
Using CJ Affiliate™ gives you the ability to promote multiple affiliate programs in a centralized platform, keeping your referrals and commission payouts organized. To sign up for an account, visit their website, here.
What are the differences between CJ Affiliate™ and AWeber's Affiliate program?
While both programs allow you to refer new customers to sign up for an AWeber account via a custom tracking link, there are some key differences.
Our existing affiliate program pays a recurring 30% commission on every paid invoice from a customer you referred for the life of that account.
On CJ Affiliate™, you can earn up to $300.00 for each account that pays their 2nd invoice, with no further commissions after that.
Our existing Affiliate program offers payments either through PayPal, or mailed paper checks. CJ Affiliate™ offers many more options, including direct deposit.
Why is the CJ Affiliate™ commission paid on the 2nd invoice, and not the 1st?
Since the commissions on CJ Affiliate™ are based on the size of the list that each customer brings to AWeber, we wanted to allow for sufficient time for that customer to get fully up and running and pay our affiliates appropriately for their efforts, as some customers take more than one billing period to import all of their subscribers. We do, however, offer a flat rate commission on the 1st invoice to help bridge the timing gap. We feel that this 'two step' method is the best of both worlds.
Does this mean I have to join CJ Affiliate™ if I am already an AWeber Affiliate?
Not at all! If you are an existing AWeber Affiliate and wish to continue using our Affiliate platform, you are welcome to do so. No action is required. That said, you are free to sign up for a CJ Affiliate™ account in addition to your AWeber Affiliate account. You can use both programs at the same time.
Can I receive credit for the same customer in both programs, thus earning the upfront payment and the monthly commissions?
No. Our system will only allow a new customer account to be referred through one affiliate platform. Once a customer is attributed to a particular platform it cannot be moved to the other one, meaning if you refer a customer to create an AWeber account via CJ Affiliate™, we cannot reattribute that customer to our in-house program.
If I have already created an AWeber Affiliate account and a CJ Affiliate™ account, can I consolidate my commissions into one payment?
Unfortunately not. We cannot combine any commissions that may have been earned between these two programs. If you are active in both programs you will receive two separate payments from each platform directly.
I prefer to be paid by CJ Affiliate™, but I really like the lifetime 30% commissions. Can I be paid that way instead?
At this time we intend to keep the two options unique to the two platforms. If the lifetime 30% commission model is your preference, please sign up for our in-house program if you have not already done so.