In today’s online shopping landscape, the way people shop and save has been revolutionized. Clipping coupons has given way to a plethora of discount websites, cashback apps, and of course, coupon platforms. Among the leaders in this domain is our platform, Dealhack. But as customers save money using our coupons, a common question we often encounter is: “How do these websites make money?”

Here, we’ll dive into the economic model behind coupon websites like Dealhack, exploring the multiple revenue streams and the symbiotic relationships we build with merchants and users.

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1. Affiliate Commissions

The most prevalent way coupon websites earn money is through affiliate marketing. Here’s how it works:

  • Affiliate Partnership: Dealhack collaborates with thousands of online retailers and becomes an affiliate partner.
  • Tracking Links: We provide coupons, deals, or links that include a unique tracking code. When users click on these links and make a purchase, the retailer can identify that the sale came through Dealhack.
  • Commission: For every sale that’s been facilitated through our platform, we earn a commission. This can be a fixed amount or a percentage of the sale.

The beauty of this model is that it’s a win-win situation for all involved. Retailers gain more sales, customers save money, and Dealhack earns a commission.

2. Advertising

Just like any other website with a considerable amount of traffic, coupon platforms can earn revenue through display advertising. Brands and companies pay Dealhack to showcase their products or advertisements on our website, aiming to capture the attention of our vast user base.

Often, retailers desire wider visibility on coupon websites. For a fee, Dealhack may give these retailers a “featured” spot, ensuring that their deals are more prominently displayed than others. This is similar to a sponsored placement or a premium listing.

4. Direct Paid Partnerships

Sometimes, brands collaborate directly with coupon websites for exclusive deals. In these partnerships, Dealhack might offer exclusive coupons that aren’t available elsewhere. For this, brands may pay a premium, as it not only drives sales but also promotes brand loyalty.

5. Email Marketing

With users who’ve opted in for newsletters, coupon websites have a direct channel to communicate hot deals and promotions. Occasionally, this channel can be monetized by promoting a specific deal or by integrating sponsored content within the newsletter.

The Symbiotic Nature of the Business

It’s important to note that the primary goal of Dealhack and similar platforms is to offer genuine value to our users. If the deals don’t lead to real savings, users won’t return. That’s why we put a premium on verifying the authenticity and validity of each coupon.

Additionally, the relationship between coupon platforms and retailers is symbiotic. While it might seem like retailers are losing money by offering discounts, these discounts often lead to larger order volumes, clearing out inventory, and attracting new customers. In the long run, these benefits often outweigh the short-term losses.


The next time you use a coupon from Dealhack or wonder about the machinations behind such platforms, you’ll have a clearer picture of the intricacies involved. The coupon industry is built on mutual benefits – saving money for consumers, increasing sales for retailers, and generating revenue for platforms like ours. It’s a dynamic ecosystem that evolves with changing market trends and consumer behaviors. And at Dealhack, we’re proud to be at the forefront of bridging the gap between savings and sales.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does using a coupon from Dealhack cost me extra?

No, using a coupon from Dealhack is absolutely free for users. In fact, the whole idea is to help you save money on your purchases!

Why do retailers want to give out discounts through platforms like Dealhack?

Retailers offer discounts to attract more customers, clear out inventory, or introduce new products. While they might give a discount on individual sales, they often benefit from increased volume, attracting new customers, or achieving other strategic goals.

How does Dealhack ensure the authenticity of its coupons?

At Dealhack, we have a dedicated team that constantly verifies and updates the coupons. We prioritize the authenticity of our deals to ensure that our users always get genuine value.

Does Dealhack share my personal data with retailers or advertisers?

No. Dealhack values user privacy above all. While we may provide aggregate shopping trend data to retailers, this is always anonymized and ensures individual user data is never compromised.

If Dealhack earns a commission on sales, wouldn’t it be cheaper for me to buy directly from the retailer’s site?

Not necessarily. The deals and coupons we provide often lead to significant savings, which would not be available if you go directly to the retailer’s website. Plus, the commission we earn doesn’t impact the final price you pay.

Why do some deals have an “exclusive” label on Dealhack?

Exclusive deals are the result of direct partnerships between Dealhack and the retailer. These are special deals that you won’t find on any other coupon platform.

I saw an ad on Dealhack. Does that mean you endorse that product?

While we allow advertising on our platform, it doesn’t necessarily mean an endorsement of the product or service. We encourage users to do their research and make informed decisions.

How does Dealhack decide which deals to feature more prominently?

Featured deals may be the result of paid promotions, but they can also be deals that our team believes offer exceptional value to our users. Our primary aim is to help users save money.