Affiliate marketing is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to make money on the Internet, but it can be a complex and confusing endeavor. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could streamline the process, if only a little?
Making its official debut just recently at Affiliate Summit East in New York, Jounce is basically a specialized search engine for all the affiliate marketers in the audience. In this review, we’ll take a look at what it does, how it works, and why you should care.
What Is Jounce?
When you arrive at the main homepage for Jounce, you are shown a rather familiar search bar. However, you are sifting through the entirety of the Internet; instead, you are looking specifically for affiliate offers.
Rather than logging into each of your individual accounts with the various affiliate networks, you can search across all of them through a single, unified interface. After you put in a search term, you will be shown a range of affiliate offers across multiple networks.
From this list, you can see exactly which network is currently providing the offer, how much is the cost to the site visitor, what your commission rate will be, and so on. Here is a brief video demonstrating how Jounce works. You can also check the site tour for more information.
The tagline is preaching a little bit to the choir, saying that we recommend stuff to our friends and family anyways, so we should get paid for it too. Even so, the core concept behind Jounce looks very promising.
If you want to be more efficient with your “performance marketing,” Jounce looks like it could be quite useful.
The Typical Search Results Page
To give Jounce a quick test run, I searched for affiliate offers related to keyword phrase “make money blogging.” The search results are displayed below.
This results page is notable for several reasons. First, you are given the thumbnail image of the product being promoted, so you might already recognize some of these items. You are naturally also given its name and a brief description, as well as the network, the price and your cut.
Along the left sidebar, you can refine your search results further by selecting specific tags, network names, advertiser names, commission type, currency, and image availability. You’ll also notice that you can sort through the results based on a variety of criteria too, including price, your cut, and EPC.
The Single Product Page
Going one mouse click further, you can get the product details for any single item. This page provides you with much the same information as the search results page.
The information is presented in a relatively easy to understand manner, including all the details about payment threshold, offer type, weekly and monthly EPC, your cut, number of tiers, and so on. You can click through to see the product sales page as well.
When you click on the arrow next to the network, you are shown the ability to join that network immediately. That’s probably a big part of the monetization plan for Jounce, as many of these networks have referral programs.
What’s interesting is that while you can use the search for free and without an account, signing up with Jounce lets you access your affiliate links right from within the Jounce interface. And this is the real power of Jounce, since it means that you don’t have to log into your individual affiliate networks to get your hop links.
Should You Affiliate with Jounce?
One of the biggest reasons why you would want to participate in affiliate marketing and passive income streams in the first place is that it has the potential of offering you greater time freedom. Jounce is one such tool that can aid you in that effort.
I appreciate the relatively simple and straightforward interface, as well as the robust option sets for sifting through the search results. I’m sure they’ll be adding more and more networks as Jounce grows and matures, making it an even more powerful tool for all the affiliate marketers in the audience. Since it’s free to use, you really have nothing to lose.