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Originally Posted by loxly
There are plenty of threads here that cover each of your questions. Some sites are affiliate sites, some sites are advertising
supported. All of them are a lot of work to keep current. Merchants choose how to advertise their coupons and who to give "exclusives" to, or whether to allow affiliate sites to post any coupon out there. Some merchants pay less commission to coupon sites, some pay more.
It all depends on the site and the business model.
Are you a merchant or are you an affiliate?
Thanks for the reply - I am a "would be" affiliate - the challenge I have is I am going to be operating in a country - like sri lanka with little or nor concept of affiliate marketing
1. I have to come up with a good case
on why merchants should pay me in addition to giving my users exclusive discounts. (with really no upfront idea on how much traffic would I bring).
2. Once I get the exclusives how do I protect everyone else who will follow in a year's time and scrap off my codes.
Option 1 - tell the merchant to give a code which if the user puts in they get for e.g. "5%" discount and I get "5%" affiliate commission
- that challenge i feel with this is that some other website would come in and say I will give the user "10%" discount and I will make money through advertising, what would I do then, customers obviously have a better deal through the 2nd website and the merchant is happeier as well.
Option 2 - I don't know