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Drive Sales and Signups with InviteBox Referral Programs

InviteBox, social referral program, allows merchants, bloggers, developers (and anybody else with a web presence) to refer friends and customers to recommended products. Users can take advantage of pre-determined referral offers (e.g. coupons, promo codes, free products, cash incentives, etc.) or create custom incentive programs. InviteBox offers all the needed moving parts from creating the referral program to implementation, and the analytics to measure success. Users can simply insert a widget into a website or utilize the Reward Callback API.

Prosperent and CloudFlare Partner to Easily Monetize any Website

Prosperent (quickly growing ad network) and CloudFlare (content delivery network focused on low touch app launches) have announced a partnership aimed at quickly monetizing websites without complicated development work. The partnership is simple, seems obvious, and should intrigue developers across many markets. Most importantly, the partnership should create new ways for anybody/any company with an online presence to make money. Check out the PW profiles for the Prosperent API and the CloudFlare API.

Prosperent Launches Industry First Celebrity Product API

Prosperent has released "the performance advertising industry's first and only celebrity product API." The celebrity product API will allow content creators and developers to include products associated with celebrities into advertising campaigns. According to Propserent's CEO, Brian Lovett, "hundreds of hours" are currently spent researching celebrity-product affiliations.

API Business Models: To Pay or To Charge Developers, That Is the Question

Lately we're seeing a lot more talk about API monetization. Last week we covered TweetPhoto's efforts at encouraging developers to use the TweetPhoto API through a transactional payment model (one penny or so for each photo uploaded via the API). Last month we covered Bandsintown, which provides affiliate earnings via use of its Bandsintown API. And more recently Touchnote announced an affiliate payment model (with a whopping 30% royalty) for developers working with its image API.