Currently (as of September 2010) OzBargain is monetising affiliation links on some of the deals posted. That means if you click through some of these links, and make purchases at the linked store, OzBargain will receive a small percentage of sale value as commission. For user submitted referral/affiliate links, it is no longer allowed. Please see the deal posting guidelines.
Affiliate links will only be shown to non-logged-in users. For users that are currently logged into OzBargain, affiliate links will never be shown. The following only applies to guest users who are not currently logged into OzBargain.
If you are a guest user, affiliation links will be marked around the “offer thumbnail” (usually taken by OzBargain's screenshot system). Text “Affiliate Link” will be shown as a small overlay at the bottom of the thumbnail. When you click on the word “Affiliate Link”, extra links will be revealed.
Here is one example:
The extra links:
- What is this? – will bring you over to this page, which contains this FAQ about affiliate links on OzBargain.
- Direct link – this will be the non-affiliate version of the same link. By clicking on it to go to the linked website, you will not be bounced to affiliation network, which means your purchases will not earn OzBargain any commission.
Again, if you are a logged in user, all out-bound links will be direct links without bouncing to affiliate networks. For OzBargain users/members we would recommend using Cashrewards or PricePal to get the commission rebated back to you.
For guest users, submitted links will be automatically converted to an affiliate link if OzBargain is an affiliate to that particular store. Currently OzBargain is part of half-doze affiliation networks in Australia and overseas, which pays OzBargain commission for purchases.
The majority of links on OzBargain are not affiliated.
While OzBargain started as scotty's part time project and a community-driven website back in 2006, it has continue to grow and demand resources – in both hosting and development resources. While web hosting is relatively cheap (and scotty has been quite good hunting down cheap hosting offers), time and stress to run this time comes at much greater cost.
scotty has been working full time on OzBargain since mid-2011, and OzBargain (as part of Delvu Media Pty Ltd founded by scotty) is currently employing 5 full-time staff developing the website to make this community better.
If you are a guest user browsing on OzBargain, clicking through an affiliate link does not cost you money either. You are still paying the same price regardless of whether OzBargain is making a commission from or not. The difference would be commission going to someone else (wherever you last clicked on a Dell/Apple ads), instead of funding OzBargain – a website that provides free access and services. However if you are also a cashback site user, it is recommended that you use a clean browser to perform your cashback tracking + purchases, and use “Direct Link” to when you click on deals on OzBargain.
Updated 2017: posting affiliate links or referral links is no longer allowed on OzBargain.
Some declarations that are required by some affiliate network.
- OzBargain is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.