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Using Data-Feeds in CJ Affiliate Marketing

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Commission Junction (CJ) is one of the most popular affiliate networks on the Internet. Unknown to many, the ValueClick organisation allow affiliates to make use of datafeeds for online advertising in addition to other available marketing services.

Datafeeds, in Commission Junction,  are product catalogs which are made up of a group of product links that share the same advertising ID. They allow tracking and reporting of performance-related data so as to make updating products and offers by Website owners or publishers a lot easier. As a result, whenever an advertiser makes changes to an existing catalog, those changes can be reflected in a subsequent publisher feed.

Although in most cases an advertiser will have a single datafeed containing all their links, CJ offers free multiple datafeed to its publishers. Presently, these feeds are available in TAB, CSV, PIPE, XML and EXCEL formats for a trial period. Although publishers are allowed to customise their feed to contain product data (in any format and sequence) from any advertiser they have subscribed to, customisation is not possible with XML formats.

How to Set-up/Customise Product Feed

Setting up a feed in Commission Junction is easy.  Click on Contact Us and select Ask A Question. Choose Data Transfer (Publishers) category and either Data Transfer Requests or Product Catalog as the sub-category.

How to Access Product Feed

Product feeds can either be pushed to your FTP server on a scheduled basis or pulled from an FTP server account created for you by Commission Junction. Follow the instructions that are sent to your email once your Feed has been set-up to gain full access.

How to Cancel Product Feed

Cancelling a datafeed in Commission Junction could not have been any easier. Publishers may cancel at anytime by using the Contact Us interface and Ask A Question feature.

EXTRA: How to Display Product Feed (in Joomla)

Displaying a product feed may not always be as easy as it seems. However, I found this great Joomla extension called Affiliate Datafeeds by Bram Brambring. See an example of Affiliate Datafeeds in use here. While it was a little difficult to set-up at first, Bram was always willing to help and almost always responded to emails immediately.

Talking Point

Do you have any previous experiences of using or displaying product datafeeds?

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    May 11, 2010 at 5:13 am

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    May 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm

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  12. Shoei Helmets

    August 22, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Im not going to say what everyone else has already said, but I do want to comment on your knowledge of the topic. Youre truly well-informed. I cant believe how much of this I just wasnt aware of. Thank you for bringing more information to this topic for me. Im truly grateful and really impressed.

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    August 31, 2010 at 4:49 am

    Very nice post. Commission Junction affiliate marketing is new to me but of this post I’ve learned a lot from it. Thanks for sharing useful information.

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    August 31, 2010 at 11:12 pm

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    December 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Hey, I was just looking for this info. I want to add quite a few datafeeds from CJ on to the website that I have quoted above. Thanks once again.

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    January 4, 2011 at 1:36 am

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    May 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm

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    July 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm

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  19. Marc Rasmussen

    August 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Great information. I’m dying to use this however it would have been nice if you included a tutorial regarding this data feeds. It’s new to us and i can’t find any decent tutorial online. Thanks

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    August 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    It’s always refreshing reading good blog, Well with your permission allow me to grab your rss feed to keep up to date with any new incoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the good work.

  21. Tas

    September 1, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I ‘m using CJ only for data feeding. Its service is the best and suitable for me. I still can’t believe more merchants aren’t offering datafeeds in RSS format for affiliates yet. CJ is the only service provider which recently announced tips on exactly how to do it, so now merchants who have been afraid to take the plunge can do it more easily.

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    October 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

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