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Deal Posting & Community Guidelines on Dealspotr

Deal Posting & Community Guidelines on Dealspotr

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Welcome to Dealspotr! We’re a community of deal hunters and couponers who love to save money and help others save too. Our goal is to create a service akin to Wikipedia, but for coupons and deals - a reliable, accurate source of offers and codes for any store or product imaginable. We already have 40,000 members who have shared over 5 million deals, and we're growing fast - join in the fun!

Our mission is two-fold:

For shoppers: To make finding a working deal for anything you want to buy 10x easier.

For deal hunters: To make sharing deals more fun and rewarding than ever.

Our community values

What does it mean to be a member of the Dealspotr community? Here are our guiding principles as a community:

To help others save money. Helping people save is our core mission. As a community, we strive to promote couponing and make it more accessible to more people. Through our easy-to-use website and our strong community, we’re working to help more people save money on the things they buy.

To post accurate deals. Our goal is to create the most complete and accurate listing of coupons anywhere online. As a community, we strive to post valid deals for the stores, brands, and products that shoppers are seeking. We verify that our deals work as described, and we include all the relevant information that will help a shopper be successful in using that deal.

To curate and edit Dealspotr. We hate clutter. Dealspotr should be clean and organized, and free of invalid deals and spam. As community members, we have access to a range of editing and monitoring tools on Dealspotr. We seek to use these tools to flag bad deals, identify problem users, and use our voting and liking buttons to separate the great deals from the rest.

To help guide Dealspotr’s future. Our development team listens closely to what our community has to say about what new features we should build and where we need to improve. Participate in guiding the future of Dealspotr by sending us your feedback on what you like, what you don’t like, and any ideas you have. We’ve already incorporated tons of community feedback into Dealspotr - we feel this is what makes our site great and easy to use.

To assist each other. We’re a team as much as a community, with a common goal of helping more people save more money. If we see a user having trouble using the site, or a member who appears to be new to deals and coupons, lend them a helping hand and guide them. By helping and educating a fellow community member, we can help more people save on Dealspotr.

To help grow the community. Dealspotr is a social network that gets better as more people use it. By letting your friends and family know about us you’re participating in our mission of helping more people save more money.

Deal Posting Guidelines

Keep your Accuracy Score high

Your ability to post deals is determined by your Accuracy Score. As the community and moderators review your deals and validations, your Accuracy Score can go up or down based on the accuracy of the information you provide.

Read the instructions

It is your responsibility to read the directions provided in the deal posting tool. If you do not follow these directions, your deal is likely to be rejected by the community.

Test and verify your deal

You must have demonstrable proof that your deal works as you describe. Dealspotr places heavy emphasis on eliminating deals that don't work. Try your deal and make sure it works before adding it to Dealspotr. Include a screenshot that demonstrates clearly that your deal works as described. You earn limited points for posting a deal without an accompanying screenshot.

Create a clear title for your deal

When entering your deal's description, create a clear and concise deal title. Avoid typos and mispellings or your Accuracy Score will be negatively impacted. Don't add extraneous words or promotional language, keep it basic and to the point, 

Good: "50% Off + Free Shipping for New Customers"
Bad: "Hurry! Save 50% and you also get free shipping!!"

Your deal must be easy to find

A shopper must be able to quicly find the deal on the vendor's website based on the information and links you provide in your deal. If it is difficult to find your deal, it may be rejected.

Double-check the site-wide flag

 Be careful when you check the site-wide option for your deal. Site-wide deals can earn you more points, but you must be 100% positive your deal applies across the vendor's site if you use this. Incorrectly marking a deal as site-wide can negatively impact your Accuracy Score.

Indicate if you're adding a personal referral code

You are allowed to add your own personal referral codes for various apps and websites such as Uber, Eat24, or Google. These types of codes generally earn you credit within the app. You must disclose this or your Accuracy Score will be impacted. 

Do not add affiliate links

Links from affiliate networks, Amazon referral links, or other cash-generating links are not allowed on Dealspotr. If you add your own links, they will be overwritten, and your Accuracy Score will be negatively affected.

Do not LINK TO OTHER COUPON SITES

Shoppers prefer to be linked directly to where they can buy the deal. Do not post links to deal site or coupon blogs in your deals.

Indicate if your deal applies to a single brand or manufacturer

If your deal applied to a particular brand, like a brand sale, or a code applicable to a brand, then you must enter that brand in your deal. This helps shoppers find your deal if they search for the brand's name, in addition to the store selling the brand.

Avoid adding extra text in the Coupon Code or PIN number fields

Enter only the coupon code itself in the code field. Including any extra text in these fields will cause the deal to not function properly for shoppers, and your deal will be rejected.

Disclose if your deal is single-use

Sometimes stores will send you a promo code that will only work once. Usually these are intended for you to use yourself. You can share these single-use codes on Dealspotr, but you must disclose them, or your Accuracy Score will be negatively impacted.

Be careful when adding new brands to Dealspotr

We allow you to add new brands to Dealspotr if we do not have them in our database. However, take care to avoid adding brands we already have (search our database carefully before adding). When adding a new brand, add its information carefully, and double-check for errors. Incorrectly adding a store will result in an Accuracy Score decrease.

Check for duplicate deals

If you add the same deal another user has already added to Dealspotr, your deal will be rejected and your Accuracy Score will go down. If your deal has already been added, you can always Validate or Repost it.

Add an accurate expiration date

Most coupon codes have expiration dates. Do your best to locate this date and include it with your deal. Do not add expired deals.

Do not add codes that are exclusive to other coupon sites

Some sites like RetailMeNot, Groupon, and Coupons.com display exclusive promo codes. They may look like "RETAILMENOT10" or "GROUPON30" - avoid posting these codes on Dealspotr or your deal may be rejected.

Do not add Deals That are only applicable when used with a third party site

Some sitewide and product deals require membership to another third party before use, these types of deals are not acceptable.  

Add valid product deals

If you're adding a product deal, it must reflect a better price than what is commonly available online. You must enter a valid comparison price showing what price a shopper might find on Google or Amazon for that product, and your deal should offer a better price. You must include a valid image of the product, showing a clear depiction of the product itself.

Tips: How to earn more points for your deals

Each deal you post on Dealspotr will earn you more and more points as you gain seniority and reputation in our system. Additionally, paying attention to the following details can also significantly boost the amount of points you can earn for every deal you post. These guidelines are intended to encourage you to post certain kinds of deals, formatted in a way that helps shoppers. Any attempt to manipulate these points guidelines will result in your deals being removed and/or lost points.

  • Your earn more points by adding an original, detailed tip, including all the fine print, like exclusions, expiration dates, and product manufacturers / brands.
  • Site-wide deals, especially site-wide promo codes, earn more points.
  • Stores marked as "Shopper Requested" stores earn more points (view now).
  • Add helpful images to your deal. Include screenshots of promo codes being successfully applied, or product images.
  • Fill in both the store and manufacturer for your deal (if applicable) to earn more points.
  • If a single deal already has numerous validations in the past 24 hours, you will earn fewer points for validating it again. If a deal needs edits, we still encourage you to validate it, but heavily validated deals have less need for validations, so we award fewer points.
  • You can lose Accuracy Score if the community flags or reports your validations and a moderator confirms it. Keep your validations accurate.

Thank you for being a valued member of our community. We’re looking forward to collaborating with you to create the best couponing resource on the web. For

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