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Deals Vista Review

written by John Chow on December 12, 2006

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When Microsoft announced the next version of Windows would be call Vista, a bunch of people went out and registered domain names with Vista in them. Even I registered VistaXP.com and XPVista.com. Most of these Vista domains are either parked or forwards to another site. However, some people have turned their Vista domains into fully developed sites. One of such site is DealsVista.com.

DealsVista.com is a deal website for bargain hunters. You can find many great deals with incredible low prices, including computers, electronics, gifts, books, movies, toys, etc.

The site doesn’t sell anything. All the deals listed are from 3rd party vendors like Buy.com, NewEgg, Amazon.com, and others. Deals Vista makes money by getting an affiliate commission on any sales resulting from their referrals. It’s a good business model and works very well for big deal sites like Deal News, Tech Bargains and my own TTZ Hot Deals.

A big problem for new sites is trying to get the word out. Deals Vista has decided the best way to do this is to buy a sponsored post on this blog and hold a contest to give away a gift a day from now until December 19th. The contest actually started on December 6th so six prizes has already been given away. To enter the daily drawing, you have to do the following:

  • Find any deal on the Deals Vista site.
  • Share with your friends using the site’s email or instant messengers feature.

The more invitations you send, the more chances to win at that day. The iPod Nano will be drawn from all invitations responded during the promotion period. All other gifts will be drawn from invitations responded at that day. Winner will be announced at homepage at 1pm PST the next day. To see what gift is up for the grab on which days, go here.

Your chances of winning a prize are actually very good. There’s 3 hours left on today’s prize – a Cavalry Pre-Formatted 3.5” 250GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive – and so far only 36 people have entered. No purchase or registration is required to enter.

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{ 15 comments }

Hands Stroker December 12, 2006 at 9:48 pm

So you accept pay-per-post now. All credibility GONE. You’ll really do anything for money wont you John.

Nick December 12, 2006 at 11:11 pm

John is shopping.com only offering pay-per-click for publishers or are they also giving comissions for sales?

Jimmy December 12, 2006 at 11:14 pm

Hi John,

Another great post! One little mistake i found is the link to your TTZ Hot deals site is wrong (http://http//www.thetechzone.com/hotdeals.php), there’s an extra “http//”.

Also, i was wondering if you or any of your readers could give me some tips. I’m currently in the UK and have an ecommerce site that does about $1200 per week. I’m looking to add some other projects and was wondering if i should add more ecommerce sites or try a content site using adsense and affiliates.

What do you think is the best way to go?
Is there money to be made with adsense and how long does an adsense site need to start producing a good income?

Thanks.

John Chow December 12, 2006 at 11:33 pm

Hands Stroker – It’s not pay-per-post. It’s ReviewMe. As for credibility, how creditable is someone who won’t even leave his own name? I guess you miss my post about any money this blog makes going to charity.

Nick – Shopping.com is PPC only.

Jimmy – Thanks for the link correction. I have done both ecommerce and content site. For me content site is better because it’s less work. I wrote a post on it here: http://www.johnchow.com/content-over-ecommerce/

dean December 13, 2006 at 2:15 am

Cool site, I like http://www.mrcheapstuff.com for deals and shopping tips.

Leonard December 13, 2006 at 4:56 am

Credibility? Haha. What’s wrong with pay-per-post? If you don’t like it, then don’t read it. It’s not as though someone’s forcing you.

Anyway John, the link to Deal Vista seems to be wrong. I can’t get to the page.

John Chow December 13, 2006 at 5:00 am

The link works for me. Maybe the site was down at the time you tried?

dcplus December 13, 2006 at 5:02 am

hi, John,how about the average value per click for shopping ppc publisher programme?

Tyler December 13, 2006 at 6:57 am

I remember one Microsoft training thing I attended in Vancouver that they were not going to call it Windows anymore.

So much for that, Windows I suppose is here for good.

I haven’t totally tried Vista out, though I do have a MSDN subscription with access to the final retail release of all the flavours it comes in.

Perhaps one day I’ll install it on a partition or something.

FrugalTrader December 13, 2006 at 8:23 am

Are parked domains good revenue generators? Also, isn’t it against adsense policy to have a ad only parked domain?

FrugalTrader
http://www.MillionDollarJourney.com

Ajay D'Souza December 13, 2006 at 8:43 am

John, I’m wondering if it would be correct to register a domain with Vista in it?

Microsoft has been known to be particular when using its Trademarks, unless Vista isn’t one… ?

Rich From Your Home December 13, 2006 at 8:59 am

Deals vista seems like a great idea to me. They really did have some great deals. But, the right side bar tags weren’t working for me, so I couldn’t see all the “electronics” deals, etc.

This site is similar to surprise.com, etc.

Your chum December 13, 2006 at 1:18 pm

Hey John, I was just wondering what plugin for wordpress you use for the recent comments sidebar? I’ve looked all over for one but all the ones I find have excerpts of the quote, which isn’t ideal for having the links in a sidebar. Thanks in advance!

Paul December 13, 2006 at 1:37 pm

Sweet. But a friggin ugly web page does not work for me.

Dr. Evil December 13, 2006 at 8:43 pm

Yup, the site is ugly. Not sure if they are using RSS feed or Manual entry. Not a whole lot of volume.

Anyway, I have been using http://www.slickdeals.net and http://www.focusdeals.com. They seem to do the job for me.
Slick deal doesn’t have all that great content, but the forum is awesome. You can ask people for help and stuff. Focusdeals.com has awesome deals in term of volume. I think they are spidering the merchant sites, but the site is missing some social features like forum and saving deals.

I used both to save me ton of money this christmas.