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    Any suggestions.
    I have been working at developing some blogs tied to affiliate marketing over the past few months. I have had over 3,400 clicks on commission junction without one sale. Is this normal? I would assume there is no way that the clicks could be registered without the sales also being recorded. The vast majority of these are going to Restaurant.com with many of them directed at individual restaurants that are on my site. Is it possible that once they get there if they add other restaurant coupons or search around that I am losing the sale. I realize that this is a numbers game but at this rate the numbers are not working at all.

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    Wow 64 reads and not one response, not even to say yes thats normal, or maybe your traffic isnt working. I am really trying to figure this out and would love some feedback from someone. Actually there was a typo on the original post and it is over 4400 clicks. It just seems that is a lot of clicks without one sale. Is this what people are finding out there?

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    I would say that people are not interested in buying what restaurant .com has to sell.

    All of my sales come from product pages with things people want and are hard to find locally - clothing, collectibles, party supplies, and etc. Things that are hard to find in their home town so they have to get it on the internet.
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    Thank you I appreciate the response. At least it gives me something to think about. One of the reasons I have them on my site, and it wasn't easy for me to get approved by them as I was rejected as an affiliate the first several times is that it is something I have used on several occasions and I found them very useful. They also claim to have a 7% conversion rate (something I didn't know until after trying to figure out why my results are so poor). I guess I may have to rethink the products I promote.

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    I can respond as someone who has actually been a repeated cliicker of restaurant.com. I rarely buy. Why? Because if the small print, the restrictions, on those coupons

    Like you can't use them on certain days if the week. Take out not included. Not good at lunch or happy hour. My favorite us alcohol is excluded. So we would Pay $25, get a $50 restaurant coupon that I can't use towards alcohol. We find it difficult to spend $50 on food for dinner for two. And frankly, the restrictions just piss me off.

    I bought them occasionally in the old days when they did 90% off sales. So that $50 coupon cost me $2.50 (90% off $25).

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    " My favorite us alcohol is excluded"
    This is often the result of state liqueur laws. Many areas don't allow discounting of booze either by itself or when packaged with another item.

    As an example, back when I had a retail store in Georgia, I could not include a discount on a bottle of champagne at the liqueur store next door with a box of chocolate covered strawberries (and they would do the reverse). State law prohibited "couponing" tieing booze to food.

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    I just do not think paying for restaurant coupons is a viable niche, given that every Sunday (and sometimes during the week) there are restaurant coupons in the newspaper. Paying $25 to save $25 cannot compete with those $10 off or free second entree' coupons you get for free in the paper (and sometimes in the mail).
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    I've always done well with Restaurant.com. Bargain shoppers are pretty good at figuring out the best deals, and there are some good deals to be had (especially when they run their 80 or 90% off coupons, which they still do fairly regularly).
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    It seems they run the 70-80% off discounts almost constantly. And when I have bought them I end up spending $2 or $3 for the $25 gift certificate. It has worked out well for me. You said you do well with restaurant.com. Not asking your actual ratios, but does it seem reasonable that 4,000 clicks without one sale? Also my site is a restaurant site and some of the clicks involve the restaurants I feature on my site. I am just wondering if this is the kind sales ratio that I could expect or am I missing something.

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    No, that's way low. Assuming you don't have problems with your links (which I doubt - clicks are showing up), the demographics of your visitors might not be that great. What are they looking for? Reviews? They might not be in the buying cycle.
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