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CJ Questioning my Traffic - what do I respond with?

Discussion in 'Commission Junction' started by stylesb, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. stylesb

    stylesb Regular Member

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    C0mmissi0n Juncti0n is currently investigating your account and has the following inquiries regarding your promotional methods:

    Please describe how you drive your traffic. What triggers your redirect?


    WHAT DO I GO BACK WITH? - need this money y'all
     
  2. jay101

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    Seems like a nice way for them to tell you that hey, were gonna stiff you this month because mama needs a new diamond necklace for christmas.

    Man these guys are getting ridiculous, sorry to here that man. Good luck though, hope you give an "approved" traffic story. Hopefully they'll accept natural search engine traffic. Then again, they may change the rules this week too.

    I understand that certain tactics are unacceptable and when you get caught it sucks, but even they're stiffin the white hat traffic too, so I guess it balance's out in the end. Usually in their favor though.

    Good luck man.
     
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    Thanks bro, I just read that if you say:

    that it works most of the time...

    kinda want a more solid answer before I respond...

    was thinking of saying that above then mentioning other tactics of driving traffic.. like: " I use PPC over a few different networks and some offline marketing to get the majority of my traffic. I also have been getting into directory submissions for certain keywords."

    try and switch the subject and sound legit... thoughts?
     
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    wmitchell003 Regular Member

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    are you blanking? what is your real traffic source?
     
  5. stylesb

    stylesb Regular Member

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    yea using a double meta...

    CL and kijiji

    they asked "what triggers ur redirect"

    I have a button on my site that interested parties click to then goto the affiliate page...

    nothing really wrong with that right... thinking of saying:

    think it'll work?
     
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    Yea I sent that and got another response back questioning why I had a second re-direct... "wheres the logic?" the guy asks....

    basically said I dont know, a friend hooked it up, worked for him, I tested it and it worked for me... I liked the way it made my affiliate link look normal rather then http://asdfjqwnajksld.com/289034781298347 because nobody will click on a link that looks like that... that should be reason enough in itself....


    this is fucking ridiculous though - right before payday. these bastards come out and basically can just fuck u in the a$$ ... im sending ur advertiser relevant traffic... pay me... now they screw me and take even more off the top, of what they are probably already skimming me on...
     
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    celestmark Registered Member

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    Yea, the BH biz is definately getting more and mores sophisticated. Multiple account are going to be a MUST have soon - at least for serious cash.

    I'm still liking this game to the old 'Wild Wild West' days! Get you Gold now and put it into more solid, long term projects that will produce revenue streams or increase in value for future sale!



     
  8. stunna

    stunna Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Yeah I highly recommend having two accounts with the bigger networks.

    Register one under your personal name and the other under a company name. It costs cash to set up a legit company obviously, but it is well worth it.

    I believe Uptownbulker offers this service. He is a member of this forum.
     
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    I'm not even making that much thats why I dont understnad why they are grilling me. I made like $100 a day 4 times in the past month, and on average pull in about $35 per day....

    My "link" has a very high EPC according to CJ's stats, and my EPC is even lower then that...

    dont know how I got onto their radar...
     
  10. mack

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    PPC is usually a good answer, I have also said "links from an ebook I distribute for free".

    Though lately I just make sure that all traffic has one of my domains as the refer. I don't give them impression data, but I do make sure (most of) the traffic comes from me.
     
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    Is there any diff between the application for personal n company?
    Will overseas registered company eligible for applying the networks, or must it be within US? Thanks
     
  12. wagooza

    wagooza Newbie

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    Some posts on this forum told me to say something like 'I'm not very excited about revealing my traffic sources' and basically try to BS them as much as you can..
    Personally, i've never been questioned, but one can never be certain. They even try to cram WH stuff.. :(
     
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    blackhataffiliate Senior Member

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    I would not give a response like that. Basically your telling the man that holds your money to kiss your ass. Not very smart in my opinion, because he can screw you in the end. Just tell him that you blank the referrer to keep your traffic from getting stolen. If he asks any further questions, tell him you promote via adwords and yahoo.
     
  14. AffGuy08

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    You get my vote on this, these people are just waiting for one stupid small mistake and bannng your money is gone. Play smart and safe. Tell them exactly what blackhataffiliate said and sound a bit professional.


    PS : Let us know how it goes..
     
  15. stylesb

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    OK haven't been back to this thread for a while...
    lets just say my earnings are STILL in limbo...

    After multiple emails back and forth - and they wait for you to not respond bc they add this clause at the bottom of every email... "if u fail to respond within 48 hours, we will take that as accepting the fact of your wrongdoing and terminate your account" ... so if this does happen to you, respond ASAP everytime...

    I said I used the meta-refresh to blank my affiliate link and create something more user friendly. My affiliate ID originally looked something like (http://jkasdfjka.com/890471239854jksdf2380) and I said I found this chunk of code (meta refresh) that enabled me to change that to whatever I wanted and made it more user friendly for a random browser.

    CGay bought it, its actually true, I would never click a link that looked like that... However they made me change my web site settings to incentivized/special because they deemed my acct special for blanking the referrer - apparently networks are working bigtime to get a legit clause on this... probably just to screw us more.

    Anyway CJ re-instated me, but you have to re-apply to all your advertisers after changing your acct settings (special now) ... I re-applied and most of my advertisers automatically approved, but my main earner has yet too.. and I am still waiting... Multiple emails through my CJ acct, to the actual company, all going un-answered...

    almost a month now... and still waiting on a nice $1500 thats just sitting there...

    SOB ...
     
  16. indexyoursite

    indexyoursite Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Probably that merchant has issue a complaint to CJ.
    Check this thread to elaborate an answer on how to handle future complaints.
    Code:
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/cookie-stuffing/45052-dealing-furious-affiliate-managers-survive.html
     
  17. donutking

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    Yeah, that sucks bro...hopefully they don't withhold your payment and ban your account. Were you CS ?
     
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    If you sign up with web site settings to non-incentivized, you will be cared more though you can get accepted to more advertisers. In my opinion, you should sign up with site settings to incentived.
     
  19. stylesb

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    nah no CS... straight CL and blanking the referrer...

    pretty sure they are just never going to respond to me and im F-ed
     
  20. litning1078

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    I feel your pain. Back in September, I had the exact thing happen to me, I explained everything and they made me change my special instructions. Did that, and everything went on fine.

    Then, right before payment in December, they questioned the exact same thing. I told them that I had already gone through this and everything was approved. Didn't matter, they banned me and I have been emailing them a couple times a week and have never received a response. The thing that really pisses me off is that is was all WH, perfectly legit, but they don't seem to care.

    I even called them and they won't talk about it, say I have to email them and they will respond, what a load of crap.