Two of the biggest players in the affiliate game are ShareASale and Commission Junction, which are both affiliate networks with thousands of publishers and advertisers. If you, as an affiliate marketer who works as a publisher, only have experience with one of the networks you might be wondering what you are missing at the other. We're going to give you the pros and cons of each network so you will know if you need to sign up for both.
CJ is well known as the number one affiliate network in the world. There are tons of great merchants that you can promote through pay per sale or by generating leads. As is the case with every quality affiliate network, Commission Junction is free to join and easy to be approved for. You can also change your contact info any time you feel like it, whereas with programs like Google Adsense you are locked into one name. CJ is very open-minded when it comes to account ownership; it’s even possible to transfer your account to someone else without hassle.
Tons of Merchants
There are lots of merchants to choose from, but not all of them will accept you as an affiliate. You have to apply to each merchant individually. If you have an established history at CJ and a solid performance score, you have a better chance at getting accepted.
ShareASale is also one of the top affiliate networks, offering mainly offers from smaller retailers. They have tons of big merchants as well though, and many features that you won’t find at CJ.
One of the great things about ShareASale is the tracking. It’s very easy to see where a sale came from. You can also earn money by bringing in sub affiliates. By being able to clearly track the source of a sale you can better optimize your campaigns.
Great Customer Support
ShareASale also has great support. If you have any questions you won’t have any trouble getting a fast reply. Another thing is it’s really easy to make a coupon website. Tons of their merchants have coupons available and coupons are all the rage these days.
It’s not easy to decide which network is better as they both have advantages and disadvantages. The best way to find out what works for you is to try them both out and see for yourself!