One question I get asked practically every day is, “Can we pay you to have our feed included in FeedDemon?” The idea sounds like a money-maker (it most likely is), but I’ve never accepted these offers because I just wasn’t comfortable with the idea. In my mind, paid feed placement turns FeedDemon into a cleverly disguised piece of adware – a road I definitely don’t want to take.
Of course, I’m also not wild about turning down these offers – after all, I do this for a living. So I came up with a partial solution: enable FeedDemon affiliates to create their own FeedDemon installs pre-configured with their feeds and branded with their name. This way, feed producers can put exactly what they want into the install, and people who download FeedDemon from an affiliate’s site know what they’re getting. What’s more, affiliates earn a percentage of the sales they generate, and I benefit from (hopefully) increased sales and exposure.
Right now this is only being offered to affiliates who have generated a decent number of sales, and the folks at FeedBurner are the first to take advantage of it. If you think you might be interested in this, the first step is to sign up to be an affiliate, then after you’ve generated a few sales drop me an email asking about custom installs.
Note: If you’re already an affiliate, these custom installs are not the same as the EST builds offered by the current system. EST builds contain your affiliate tracking code, but unlike the new custom installs, they can’t include your feeds, nor can they be branded with your company name.