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If we analyze the business model of these comparison networks, some things start to strike. First, they do generate a lot of traffic, most of it coming from search engines, where they master search engine budgets so that they always stay on top. They have no physical catalog of products; and their categories are driven by the offers they gather. Their original content is minimal, except for eventual final shop reviews. Their skills are in grouping together product offers, and in creating a "fake branding", as all they are are gateways to the real shops. Once they succeed in raising huge monthly traffic numbers, they monetize this traffic via Adsense/eBay type of ads. This business model seems to have worked fine in the past, as final shops didn't really own PPC knowledge, but things start to change on this level quite fast. As this happens, I'd really hate to have spent half a bilion dollars on a short-shot thingy.
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