Facebook applications, small programs within Facebook that interact with Facebook users, are catching on in affiliate marketing among merchants and affiliates.
Zappos has one that enables you to “share your favorite products and brands from Zappos.com with all of your friends.”
I read in the Amazon Web Services Developer Connection Newsletter yesterday where Amazon is encouraging Amazon ECS developers to try their hand at creating Facebook applications.
If you are an Amazon ECS developer, the more Facebook users that choose your application and use it in a way that sends traffic to Amazon, the more money you can earn at rates up to 10% by participating in the Amazon Associates Program.
Some examples of applications built for Facebook by developers using Amazon Associates and ECS (note that you’ll need to be logged into Facebook to view these):
- iRead: Uses the ECS Search and List APIs to allow users to display their Amazon.com wishlist on their Facebook profile pages
- Amazing Giftbox: Uses the ECS Search API to allow Facebook users to send any product on Amazon.com as a virtual gift to their friends
- Amazing Wishlist: Uses the ECS Wishlist API to allow users to display Amazon.com wishlists on their Facebook profiles
Last week, on the Affiliate Thing show, super affiliate Connie Berg talked about plans to get a Facebook app going.
And I’ve come across some other affiliates that are already running affiliate Facebook apps, including CheapCheapCheap.org Deals and Shopaneer.
Last, but not least, there is a new Facebook app from Affiliate Summit. But it comes at things from a different, more benevolent angle.
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