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    ShareASale President/CEO and ABW Veteran Brian - ShareASale's Avatar
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    Make A Widget!
    Today is one of those fun days... I get to introduce a brand new product/feature of the ShareASale Network. As with everything new, it might take some time to build up - so we are opening it up to all of the Merchants on the network first, so that they have time to fill in some content. We then have plans to open it up to Affiliates as soon as we can, hopefully as early as next week if there are a decent number of widgets created in the next few days.

    Seeing how 2007 was declared to be the "Year of the Widget" by so many industry bloggers, we decided to make an easy-to-use interface enabling merchants on the ShareASale Network to create and maintain a variety of widgets for their affiliates. As is the custom with widgets, when a merchant updates the content of their widget, this information is updated in real-time (and without extra effort) to all of their affiliate's websites.

    So, the potential is great for very targetted and seasonal promotions. For example, if you have products that sell very well during the summer... you can include them in a "Summer" tab, and then replace that with an appropriate "Fall/Winter" tab later in the year. The affiliate would only have to load your widget once, and all other updates would be automatic.

    Since creating a widget can be a little intimidating the first time, I've created a short video which explains the features of our "Make A Widget" tool, and shows a step-by-step walkthrough from start to finish which takes less than 10 minutes.

    Enjoy! The videos are located here in full size, and a smaller size is available here.

    We would love to help you make your first widget as well, so let us know if you need any assistance at all. Happy widget'ing!
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    Wow Brian this is great stuff I am speechless.
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    I think I love you Brian This looks really great for merchants with AND without datafeeds, a GREAT tool.
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    Rock On!!!!

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    Life is Supposed to be Fun! Rexanne's Avatar
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    OMG another great toy!

    I've been messing with Make-A-Page for the past 2 hours and having all sorts of "issues." Hopefully this Widget tool will be less crazy making!

    Either way, thank you for creating tools to make our jobs easier and more productive!
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    Great tool Brian. Another tool that helps merchants and affiliates at the same time, what else can we say!

    Good work, keep'em coming!


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    Looking forward to this. I have a question. On the affiliate side will we be able to customize the appearance on our site? It would be nice to have the option of making it blend in, or stand out, whichever the case may be.

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    Fantastic tool, Brian. Looking forward to using it.


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    To be able to make one of those using multiple merchants will change the way many affiliates do business.
    Awesome!


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    Great stuff Brian... looking fowards to seeing what we can create
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    Very cool Brian. I watched your video and I like the use of AJAX, very smooth. Here are a couple suggestions I have:

    - Automatically refresh the preview on the right as you're selecting colors and changing fonts.
    - Allow affiliates to take a merchant-created widget and change the colors and fonts.
    - Allow affiliates to create a widget using data from multiple merchants.

    Maybe you've already got these on your list, but they're the first things that came to mind here.

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    Way to go Brian!
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    AMs / OPMs can exercise their creativity AND help affiliates save time AND please merchants with well-organized presentation of products that they can push out too many affiliates all at once. Awesome!

    Brian, nice video - explains things very well!
    (but please ask Santa for a new microphone this year)

    As merchants build widgets, please showcase the good ones!
    There's a lot of ideas I can see they might come up with!

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    Lite On The Do, Heavy On The Nuts Donuts's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    I think I love you Brian
    The creative AMs / OPMs are going to go nuts with this! :-)

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    Holy Cow man what a tool! Good Stuff Brian!

    Another great incentive to join SAS as a merchant!

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    Widgets. Hmmmm. Widgets.

    Except in my case, I use a lot of WordPress blogs and market with WP widgets in the sidebars.

    As an affiliate, how much control will I have over content/formatting for widgets? I suspect few merchants will build widgets that'll work in the skyscraper format of most WordPress themes, or in a horizontal format that would do well in a WordPress header/footer.

    Any thoughts? Clarifications?

    I would appreciate, as an affiliate, having the widget tool available to pick merchant content and do formating much like with the "Make a Page" tool.

    (Different issue, I know: Any way to save "Make a Page" settings in the offing??)

    Gary the Writerguy

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    Thats pretty cool. I do something like that for people to use the content from my site on theirs, but mine's nowhere near as fancy. Great job on that!

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    Fantastic use of technology!
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    I'm so excited!! And I just can't hide it

    This is why I LOVE Shareasale!
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    What's a widget????




    Just kidding. Nice touch SAS. Have to play with that a bit for my merchants and see if I can break it
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    Brian, is there a way to use our own (redirect) links instead of the standard SaS links? Great tool by the way.

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    A merchant must have a datafeed in order to use the widget tool, correct? We do not have one and I tried creating one couldn't because there was no data to pull from. Sorry for being ignorant.

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    Nice feature Brian, looking forward to taking a stab at it.
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    Network Rep & ABW Ambassador Carolyn - ShareASale's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by txlashes
    A merchant must have a datafeed in order to use the widget tool, correct? We do not have one and I tried creating one couldn't because there was no data to pull from. Sorry for being ignorant.
    Hey, in order to use the product list template, you would need a datafeed, but you can still use the widget to pull in anything you might have in the Deals/Coupons database!

    Additionally, the "Free HTML" template allows you to insert whatever HTML you want, so you don't really even need a datafeed. You could just code anything, any product, any image, and ShareASale will convert your direct links into tracking links for yor affiliates...

    Clear as mud?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuts
    Brian, nice video - explains things very well!
    (but please ask Santa for a new microphone this year)
    What, you didn't like the heavy breathing??

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