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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1624 - September 19, 2007 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 4

Amazon.com Affiliates Can Monetize New Widgets

By Ina Steiner
September 19, 2007

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Amazon.com launched "Amazon Widgets," a series of small, visually dynamic and easily configurable widgets that feature products from Amazon on blogs, websites and social networking pages. In as little as one minute, users can populate a widget with their favorite Amazon products and their comments about those products, and select from a set of color and layout themes to match both their mood and website.

Amazon Widgets are free to use. Users have the option to make money with their Amazon Widgets by joining the Amazon Associates program and when a visitor to their site clicks through their Amazon Widget to the applicable Amazon website and makes a purchase, they may earn up to 10 percent in referral fees from Amazon.

All Amazon Widgets, except the Amazon Unbox Video Previewer which is available only in the US, are available for each Amazon site that offers the Amazon Associates program, including Canada (Amazon.ca), France (Amazon.fr), Germany (Amazon.co.de), Japan (Japan.co.jp) and the United Kingdom (Amazon.co.uk).

"Bloggers and active online social networkers have asked us for a fun and interesting way to display Amazon products on their pages as a way to showcase their favorite things. With Amazon Widgets, they can now do this and make money at the same time," said Sean McMullan, Manager, Amazon Associates. Amazon today launched seven new widgets in the Amazon Widgets Gallery, and there are more specialized widgets coming soon.


About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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