Using CJU’s Rotating Banner Function

I don’t know how many of you are members of Commission Junction, and I was just wondering if you knew that they offered rotating banners for their members to use on their blogs or websites? At first I thought that they did not offer this feature and I thought the worse of them for it.

For those of you who do not know what rotating banners are, its a cool feature that enables you to display a different banner every time your page is refreshed. I’ve include a rotating banner below for you to test;



Go ahead, refresh the page to see what I mean. Having a rotating banner in a post is probably not the best place to put it as it’s unlikely people will refresh your page just so they can see the banners change. If you have a busy blog though with many commentators there may be an advantage to display different ads upon each visit.

The other benefit of rotating banners is you do not have to worry about advertisers terminating their account and then having to remember where you pasted the code as this is done automatically.

Just follow these steps to set up your own rotating banner.

  1. Click on the ‘Get Links’ tab
  2. Now click on the ‘SmatZone Settings’. From this page you construct the SmartZones for any of your sites. You can even have different SmartZones for the same site, so you can have one for comments, one for your sidebar and even one for your header or footer and can name each zone accordingly.
  3. When constructing your zones you get to pick the type, whether it’s a banner, link or product, as well as the size. I usually go for the ‘Banner, Free’ one as it allows me to have all different sizes of banners. I use these specifically in the sidebar so that it will display different sized ads with every page view giving the blog a different look each time.
  4. Once you have constructed your SmartZones, the next step is to find the ads to display as part of your rotating banners. First you select your advertiser, and then the ad, or ads, of your choice by ticking the box next to the ad. Then scroll to the bottom of the page, once youve made your selections of the ads you want to display, select the SmartZone you want the ad to appear in and then click the ‘Add to SmarZone tab and it will take you to your SmartZone setting page showing you all the ads you have selected. Once satisfied, click the Get SmartZone Code tab and paste the code into your blog, wherever you wish the banners to appear.

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  1. Twitter:
    First, I didn’t know they had this either; ugh! Second, I’m going to have to read this again because my mind isn’t getting it. I think it’s because I’ve been writing all day about another subject, and my mind just hasn’t cleared yet. Thanks for letting me know, though, because I’m going after this bad boy.
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Wordpress 2.8 Update =-.

    1. I’ve reworded it a bit to try and simplify things Mitch. I hope it makes more sense now. Just follow the steps whilst in CJU.


      1. Twitter:
        Yes, I understood that one better. I noticed that, in your post, you changed sizes, which I wouldn’t expect you’d do normally. Other than in the post, where is it on this blog?
        .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Li’l Specs Revisited =-.

        1. Yep, I just did that to show the versatility. I’m not actually using it on this blog, yet. I’m already using a rotating banner from ClixGalore, just under the FlexSqueeze ad on the right. I may try and work one in the header later.

  2. CJ is better known for selling physical product rather than digital stuff right? They have a lower commission rate.

    1. They actually sell a whole lot of stuff and the commission rate can be quite high. I’ve actually made $100 on one sale.

  3. I am using CJ on a couple of my sites but I have not yet tried anything on my blog. Are you seeing success with running their ads on your blog? Maybe I should see if they have any programs that would be good for MMO blog
    .-= Tycoon Blogger @Promote your blog´s last blog ..7 tools that will get you more twitter followers =-.

  4. Not as much success as I would like, but the way I look at it any sale is better than no sale, and if I didn’t have their links I would be missing those extra dollars in my pocket.

  5. I use banner rotators all the time and it really does add some diversity to a site. Also, it makes adding new advertisers a cinch :wink_ee:

    :idea_wp: Here’s an idea: how about using only banners that lead to CPA offers only? Sounds like easy money to me!

    .-= Caleb (Market Secrets Blogger)´s last blog ..Who’s Your Guru? =-.

    1. Sounds like a plan Caleb.

  6. BTW, just in case any of you wanted to rotate other banners besides the ones in CJ here’s a neat little script to do it: Free Banner Rotator…
    .-= Caleb (Market Secrets Blogger)´s last blog ..Who’s Your Guru? =-.

  7. Thanks Caleb, that may come in handy for those who don’t belong to sites like Commissions Junction, but after checking out that link it’s a lot easier doing it CJ’s way :wink_ee:

  8. This is probably late for commenting, but to me it is as fresh as it can be, thanks to the recent post of Mitch. Anyway, great tip on CJ. I ahve been with them for quite a while but simply ignored “smartzones” of which I did not have a clue that it was a feature for rotating ads. I like this type of feature and when the network does not offer it, I use Uniqlicks. Ever heard of it. I have a blog post about it:)
    .-= DiTesco @iBlogZone´s last blog ..More Income Opportunity For AdSense Publishers =-.

    1. I haven’t actually heard of it, and I must pop in and have a read sometime soon.

    1. Sorry Walter, but that makes no sense. Why would it be irritating, it’s not like they rotate right in front of your eyes. You have to refresh the page for that to happen.
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