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is there an easy way to keep CJ accounts from closing?

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is there an easy way to keep CJ accounts from closing?

Postby DotDriven » Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:45 am

Hey guys,

Was hoping someone here might have some advice on how to keep your CJ account "alive" when not actively promoting anything through them. This is my second account with them and I recently got the stupid email saying my account will be deleted if I don't have some activity...very annoying. I can understand wanting to keep the databases cleaned up but deleting accounts just because they haven't pushed any sales is annoying.

I did several hundred in commissions probably about 10-11 months ago but I guess you have to have something coming in more often.

I'd rather not have to create yet another account after I have added all my sites and info.

I've tried emailing them asking to keep my account alive but no reply of course.

So, in short (after the long drawn out post lol), is there an easy method or option somewhere in your account to make sure it doesn't get deleted even if you don't have the time/resources to get some leads through? Grrrr, even that wasn't short lol. I really need to learn to summarize :(
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Postby Baggs » Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:03 am

I don't think so - unless you make a sale every 6 months, they close the account - even if you have a balance sitting on it that is under the minimum they pay out on.

Happened to me when I first started. They may have changed the system since though.
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Postby DotDriven » Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:22 am

Baggs wrote:I don't think so - unless you make a sale every 6 months, they close the account - even if you have a balance sitting on it that is under the minimum they pay out on.

Happened to me when I first started. They may have changed the system since though.
Grrr...pretty annoying policy! So if they close your account with a balance below payout do they mail you a check for the balance? If not is that even legal? Might be the reason they do it...closing slow/non-active accounts and keeping the balance could be quite profitable for them lol. I doubt they do that but regardless, it's annoying after taking the time setting up sites and joining programs to have to do it all over again.


Wonder if there is a minimum sale amount to keep them active. Anyone interested in buying something super cheap through one of my links if I pay you paypal to cover it lol?
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Postby PickyBoot » Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:07 am

It is completely with the network whether to keep your site alive or keep it dead. I think you didn't go through the rules and conditions of the network before joining them. They will having the minimum sale which you should be able to do in the period of time. Most of the networks would be having a minimum sale.
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Postby DotDriven » Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:25 am

PickyBoot wrote:It is completely with the network whether to keep your site alive or keep it dead. I think you didn't go through the rules and conditions of the network before joining them. They will having the minimum sale which you should be able to do in the period of time. Most of the networks would be having a minimum sale.
What? I have joined dozens of networks on not a single other network has deactivated my account for lack of sales/leads. Like I said, I can understand needing to keep the databases cleaned up and organized but it's frustrating regardless. I guess I could just spend more time on the projects that will use those advertisers offers so I can get some sales through cj but much of what I do is done with more specific CPA offers. I don't use cj often but like to have the option to when a need or opportunity arises to promote something through them. I spent time adding my sites, information and applying for specific advertisers in my current account and would rather keep that than have to do it yet again with a new account.
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Postby HappyWife » Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:01 am

Hi DotDriven,

I had the same problem when I first started affiliate marketing. I haven't checked the TOS lately at CJ, but at the time it was a sale every 6 months to keep the account alive.

To avoid my account closing, I just made a purchase through one of my own links. It worked fine and kept my account active.

I just picked out a gift for my family and ordered it through my own link and had it delivered there. Know anyone you want to surprise? :)

It is a bit of a pain, yes, but it's easier than having your account close and then have to go and change all your links to the new account! I'm very thankful that I don't have that trouble any longer now that my sites have aged and grown in traffic and income.

Hope that sorts it out for you.
Blessings,
Angie
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Postby CorpRebel » Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:02 pm

There's nothing to my knowledge that you can do in your CJ backoffice to prevent that. It's their "rulez". You have to have some activity to keep the account up.

BUT ... If you're not gonna do anything with CJ why bother to stay on? Activity, I believe, is not just sales but clickthrus and such to count as activity.

I'm not a big fan of CJ but I still have a couple of products I promote that do decent and can only be an affiliate thru CJ. Otherwise the other networks are better organized, IMO. If you can find the same or similar products/services thru other networks, go to those others.

But I can see their point in keeping their databases cleaned up every six months. Even ClickBank will close your account after a period of time without any sales.

Sounds like you just need to go with the other networks that don't have that policy. Six months is a long time to go without any activity if you are serious about doing affiliate marketing.

My 3 centz anyway ...

Good Luck! :wink:


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