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    OPM Queen Kristin Kinsey's Avatar
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    Exclamation Pricesaving & smarter.com Shady?
    Both of these sites, Pricesaving and smarter.com are affiliates but both have approached me about running product feeds outside of a network for a click fee or converstion fee drastically lower than what I am offering through the network.

    For example, PriceSaving.com will host the feed on their comparison site for 3% of the sale, and refuse to run it through the program where they would get a minimum of 8%. This seems very odd and like there is something else going on.... Any thoughts? They do not really offer an explanation.

    Thanks for the help.
    KK

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    quick checks shows...

    cash back deal at the bottom (does your program allow that?)

    copyright link at bottom goes to bad page

    disclaimer link goes to 404 page

    they have linkshare links in lots of places... so maybe they don't like sas's policing policies

    inadequate privacy policy (http://price.pricesaving.com/Privacy_Statement.asp)

    on another privacy page (http://price.pricesaving.com/Privacy_Policy_FAQ.asp) there's an iframe window that's broken...

    the cashback list has some really high offers...
    http://cblist.pricesaving.com/cashbacklist.aspx

    and this description seems to be awful low budge for a casback enterprise:
    http://price.pricesaving.com/give-me-moneyfaq.aspx

    they may be just fine, upstanding citizens, but the website quality alone is enough to beg for more research into who they are and why they want a low-ball deal from you...

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    I say anyone who is willing to accept such a deal has plans of doing something you don't want them to do.

    I would tell them to use the network.


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    You already work with them on their other sites, big coupon site CouponMountain and Morerebates. They're huge, in many other countries too. Don't see anything bad:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...22&btnG=Search

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrustNo1
    You already work with them on their other sites, big coupon site CouponMountain and Morerebates. They're huge, in many other countries too. Don't see anything bad:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...22&btnG=Search
    All of our product feeds were outsourced to another company until a couple of weeks ago, and now they have become my responsiblity. The other company started us with smarter, and after I saw that, I have not continued with that program because they are an affiliate of ours.

    It doesn't seem right to have them both as an affiliate as giving them a per click feed. It makes me question their integreity as an affiliate a little. Should I be, or am I speculating way too much?
    KK

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    If a traffic partner is worth it, there's nothing inherently wrong with creating a special deal where they are rewarded on metrics that make sense for your business. A hybrid cpc paid per click plus a cpa-type affiliate commission is fine as a model. It's not super common, but not unheard of either. If the return you get for this cost makes sense, I'd say you're worrying about the deals structure without cause. More important is to evaluate whether their traffic's quality and volume is worth the price you're paying - but this is true for any partner, affiliate or otherwise.

    I still say that their website has so many topical and obvious problems that I'd be very suspect that they could also be great traffic producers at the same time. Most organizations that are worth it, are not nearly this sloppy. But you can't judge a book by it's cover - study your recent roi with them and make sure you understand where their traffic is coming from.

    Have fun!

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    Thanks donuts! I think we are going to stay away from pricesaving right now, and since the roi wasn't great with smarter, I think we are going to stay away from smarter until they are out of beta and then we will review ....

    Thanks for everyones help!
    KK

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