Pepperjam Network is a highly popular affiliate network for publishers. It is a free service to publishers, and is advertiser offer based, meaning that some advertisers will pay per click, some will pay per unique visit, and some will only pay for a conversion (completed sale). A publisher who wishes to join Pepperjam Network must go through an application process, and be approved by Pepperjam prior to seeking advertiser support.
There are a great deal of merchants who have offers on Pepperjam, and they list over 500 merchants available. They range from smaller merchants to large merchants, but they have enough diversity to support just about every niche publisher imaginable.
The reporting and tracking tools are easy to use and come with a lot of support from Pepperjam’s customer service for those who are new to using such tools. It generates reports that are easy to understand with visual aids such as pie charts, and can be organized by date ranges (to compare how performance has been over the holidays, predict slow periods, etc.)
Other advantages include timely payments – via wire, PayPal, or check – on the 1st and 15th of each month. Additionally, there is a low payment threshold of only $25, which makes many publishers happy as payments are more regular than with other affiliate networks.
The approval process to join the network typically takes between 24 – 48 hours, but some have reported the process has taken several days. This is likely due to high demand of applications, and staffing issues within the company.
Another potential disadvantage is that publishers must apply to each advertiser for every offer they wish to run on their site, which can be time consuming and a bit frustrating for those publishers who are busy with maintaining their sites/blogs.
Finally, Pepperjam often works best with high-traffic websites, especially those advertisers who pay per click and pay per sale. Some newer sites and publishers may find themselves at a loss if they do not have enough click-through traffic, and it can take quite some time for them to earn enough to hit the $25 payment threshold.
For high-traffic publishers, Pepperjam Network is a great affiliate program to use. For the most part, the benefits seem to outweigh the disadvantages, and there is an abundance of customer support for both publishers and merchants. The delays in joining the network are not a common occurrence, and may be due to spikes in activity.