New 3rd party Drupal module - revenue based shopping comparison coming
I am working towards releasing a revenue sharing module back to the community. The module is based off a shopping comparison api, much like the Amazon module. This module will allow medium to large sites to leverage their traffic outside of advertising banners, Google Adsense etc. Unfortunately it will require Drupal 6 and PHP 5*.
This new module (it doesn't have a name yet) will offer revenue sharing shopping comparison in five currencies, over 200 product categories, more than 400 merchants, and supposedly 1+ million products. That translates to a lot of content, user options, and better overall site/user stickiness. You can see a similar example of this module in action at Camera Prices. The site only utilizes the photography related categories.
Here is how it works. When installing the module you need to visit a third party site to sign up, get an access key, and agree to the terms of the content use. Once done, you plug your API key into the main module settings and setup which currency, product categories, how often to run cron, and a few other things. On submit your product categories will automagically populate. Each category page load will automagically populate product content as well. Product categories and products themselves are nodes so you can do all sorts of mashups.
Out of the box users will be able to access a shopping comparison section with product categories, store offers per product, product specs, and product ratings. The revenue sharing has not been decided yet but the talk is it will be tiered structured. The more quality traffic you have the more revenue you get. Tests indicate the revenue share out performs Google Adsense. Each month you will get a PayPal payment sent to you automatically.
I wish I could predict when this module will be ready. I will only be working on it in my spare time. I do hope to have it in beta by mid summer.
If you have any thoughts/questions/feature requests let me know.