Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mac App Store Joins the Affiliate Program

We are excited to announce the addition of the Mac App Store to the affiliate program. You can now create affiliate links to compelling apps on the Mac App Store, and receive a commission on all qualifying sales over the 72 hour purchase window.

Key Highlights

  • Receive a 5% commission* on all qualifying sales from affiliated links to the Mac App Store, iTunes and App Store.
  • The affiliate tools have been updated to include Mac App Store content so you can easily build deep links, display top charts and programmatically maintain a database of links to all the Mac Apps in the store.
  • New badges for the Mac App Store are now available along with the Mac App Store Affiliate Guidelines on the Affiliate Resource Site.

Tools

  • Use the Link Maker tool to build links to specific Mac Apps and app developers or use the Bulk tab to affiliate encode URLs copied from the Mac App Store.
  • The RSS Feed Generator provides access to the continuously updating charts including top free, paid and grossing Mac Apps.
  • Use both the Search API "lookup" and "search" capabilities to programmatically access the Mac App Store database of apps. You are able to search specifically for Mac Apps using the "media=macSoftware" parameter in a query.
  • Both the EPF Flat and EPF Relational feeds now contain Mac App Store content.

Reporting

All reporting will continue to be done through the LinkShare Dashboard. Mac App Store specific sales can be distinguished by looking for the "Q9069 - ITS SW 3P MAC PX4" and "Q9070 - ITS SW AB MAC PX4" in an individual items report.

Summary

The Mac App Store joins iTunes and the App Store to form an unmatched catalog of digital products for web publishes and app developers to promote. With access to incredibly powerful marketing tools, we look forward to seeing Mac App Store affiliate links integrated in new ways.

Please note: 4% commission in Europe and Japan.

Jason Kiwaluk

Mower & Shoveller,

Ecommerce | Adtech | Innovation | Strategy

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