Playing around with APIs and building mashups is becoming quite a popular online sport for webmasters and techies. Mixing products easily and seamlessly from places like eBay, Amazon, Yahoo! and Commission Junction merchants all together in one site–that’s mighty powerful stuff.
Looking at the Commission Junction API info provided on ProgrammableWeb:
Advertisers can now offer publishers enhanced access to their product catalog data feeds, enabling publishers to present the most up-to-date product information to their visitors in the most desirable manner. In addition, advertisers benefit from the ability to customize affiliate program sign-up and login areas, allowing for the creation of a truly branded experience for the publishers in their affiliate marketing programs. Publisher functionality includes direct access to advertisers Product Catalog data in real-time and the ability to perform searches based on keyword, UPC, manufacturer, model number, advertiser, SKU and more.
So what exactly is a mashup:
A mashup is a website or web application that seamlessly combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience. Mashup (web application hybrid)
Take a look at some shopping mashup examples:
Inspired yet? That’s some crazy stuff!
Nice list of tutorials:
The technical side to this is above my capabilities atm, but I can definitely see what an important tool this can be for Affiliate Marketers.
Any bets as to how long before the $97 Affiliate Marketers Mashup guru ebook or $500 cd training package comes out? 😆