The voucher code affiliate story trundles on and a new chapter is underway. The old style devious, dodgy and underhand techniques of iframes and cookie stuffing have gone and now (just in time for the Christmas rush) every man and his dog can become a the owner of a voucher code site – “just like that” (say in the style of Tommy Cooper to add a bit of fun).
The reason for this is that various code and sites have materialised.
Leeky (of Pagerank10 fame) has launched iCodes. Dubbed the “discount codes network” it’s a “hosted website with access to all the voucher codes and merchants which can be activated at a click of a button” (Affiliates4U). You can have a subdomain version of the site for £49 a year or it’s £199 a year to use your own site name.
Affiliate Future have also launched a new tool for affiliates. The AF Voucher Framework is “a complete website, with all the standard features of a voucher site”. The idea is that affiliates use the framework and as time goes by adapt and improve the service and share code with others.
Another option is My Voucher Code Site. It’s described as “an online voucher/discount website solution” and “a turnkey product which requires no web development experience”. It costs £149 although the price jumps about more times than Gary Glitter looking for a non-UK airport (Affiliates4u).
One thing that is noticeable is that the two paid versions, created by affiliates, take up the “click to reveal & visit merchant” rather than “show code without clicking” option, which is offered by the affiliate network. That aside all offer a slightly easier way for you to set up your very own code site rather than take the develop your own CMS option.
So all great stuff if you’re looking become a voucher code affiliate in an instant!
However, it’s worth mentioning that in some cases you’re going to have to pay a few quid, which isn’t too expensive, and in all cases you’re going to have to spend time doing some serious personalisation to your “instant” site.
Apparently Google doesn’t like too much duplicity and so sites that are for example powered by icodes perhaps need to make sure they don’t fall foul of too many “same content” issues! Of course, that’s not a big issue if you’re using your code site to drive traffic from an existing service rather than putting together a standalone brand.
However, duplicity may well be the least of your problems as a new discount code siteowner!
Kieron is a little bit upset with Pixmania! They have voucher codes that affiliates can use, but not if you are using them on a voucher code site directory. If you have content then you’re ok, but then that begs the question what happens if you have voucher codes within a content site?
It’s all very confusing although the easiest solution is don’t promote Pixmania!
The thing is as more and more affiliates start to promote voucher codes then more merchants are going to start assessing whether they’re adding value or not and how they work. I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more Pixmania style decisions landing in the affiliate mailbox!