I was surprised when I saw what Superpages was offering for their affiliate system.
SuperPages is a local search company and they have a simple and innovative system to distribute their services. It is interesting to me because it is essentially a gadget based affiliate program.
The program allows a blogger or webmaster to insert a vertical or horizontal banner on their site which allows a visitor to perform local searches.
These “ads” are gadgets!
The program allows you to use a simple interface to customize your gadget and adjust the width, height, color, etc.
There are no real technical skills needed, you just choose characteristics from a menu…
Once you have made a widget to fit your webpage or blog, you are given code to place on your site.
The other interesting thing about this program is that they give you a results code too, very similar to the Google custom search system. This means that you can show results within your own websites design and look within a frame….
The result page is actually useful and ad free.
You can (of course) put the local search in a Google gadget. Here is a gadget live (use it to see what the results look like)…
While just about any affiliate ad can be made into a gadget, Superpages has streamlined the process for anyone.
This is a very good model for affiliate programs. It should do quite well. The affiliate site is here, and is well worth a look whether you are pondering using or building an affiliate program.
Well done, Superpages.