I am considering making one of those mall type sites, seems like a challenge(for the html impaired).

Do you build the site first then apply for all the affiliate merchants you plan to add? or do you apply affiliate merchants then add a page for them? I've noticed that merchants on CJ in particular do not always auto accept, and without a related page to show how would one get accepted?

I've looked over some of the mall sites I've noticed links from this board, there are a HUGE amount of affiliate links to manage how do you keep track of them all?