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I have just been looking at the Amazon site and they are advertising the fact that thier site can be accessed as a web service. The idea is that third parties write their own websites selling books/cds/videos etc and under the covers these websites will be hooking into Amazon and ultimately selling Amazons products, the third party website then gets a referral fee for the sale. ....sounds like a good idea, but the referal fees arnt that high (from 2.5%). BUT, It got me wondering, Are there any other companies offering similar schemes? Obviously plenty of sites will offer the ...

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    Default Making some money out of web services with referral schemes?

    I have just been looking at the Amazon site and they are advertising
    the fact that thier site can be accessed as a web service. The idea is
    that third parties write their own websites selling books/cds/videos
    etc and under the covers these websites will be hooking into Amazon
    and ultimately selling Amazons products, the third party website then
    gets a referral fee for the sale.

    ....sounds like a good idea, but the referal fees arnt that high (from
    2.5%).

    BUT, It got me wondering, Are there any other companies offering
    similar schemes? Obviously plenty of sites will offer the bog standard
    "add our URL to your site", but are there any others that open up via
    web services like this?

    Thanks for any help!

    David Bevan

    [url]http://www.davidbevan.co.uk[/url]
    [url]http://www.websphereusergroup.org.uk[/url]
    David Guest

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    Default Re: Making some money out of web services with referral schemes?

    I know Google also has a web service, but I don't know whether they pay
    referal fees.

    MS also has a web service to list top KB articles (or is it downloads? can't
    remember now...)

    --
    Cobus Lombard
    Application Developer
    Mint Net
    South Africa

    "David" <junk1davidbevan.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:fb5d3f6d.0312090254.f797941posting.google.co m...
    > I have just been looking at the Amazon site and they are advertising
    > the fact that thier site can be accessed as a web service. The idea is
    > that third parties write their own websites selling books/cds/videos
    > etc and under the covers these websites will be hooking into Amazon
    > and ultimately selling Amazons products, the third party website then
    > gets a referral fee for the sale.
    >
    > ...sounds like a good idea, but the referal fees arnt that high (from
    > 2.5%).
    >
    > BUT, It got me wondering, Are there any other companies offering
    > similar schemes? Obviously plenty of sites will offer the bog standard
    > "add our URL to your site", but are there any others that open up via
    > web services like this?
    >
    > Thanks for any help!
    >
    > David Bevan
    >
    > [url]http://www.davidbevan.co.uk[/url]
    > [url]http://www.websphereusergroup.org.uk[/url]

    Cobus Guest

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