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Google reportedly planning a Play Store affiliate program

According to a new report, Google may be preparing its own Play Store affiliate program. The program would not only apply to things like movies and music, but potentially apps as well.

Published onAugust 10, 2015

When it comes to making money on the web, a number of sites, individuals, and sometimes even mass spammers, rely on affiliate marketing as just one of the pathways to profit. With this system, you basically post a link with a special code in it to some kind of product. A consumer buys, and you get a small piece of the pie. One of the most famous examples of affiliating marketing can be seen with Amazon, but according to a new report from 9to5Google, Google may be joining in with its own Play Store affiliate program.

The new program would essentially mean that partners could link to Google music, movies, and even apps. Once these approved items are bought, then the partner would get a small share. Not a lot is known about the program just yet, and Google has yet to confirm or deny such an effort. All we know for sure is, that if the rumor is legit, things are still very much in the early stages. It is also possible that such a program could eventually be extended to Google Store hardware as well.

For what it is worth, this isn’t the first time Google has had such a program. During the days of the Android Market, the Google Affiliate Network was an in-house effort that essentially provided the same type of experience. When the store was rebranded to the Google Play store the program was shut down in the process. Interestingly enough, 9to5 claims that, this time, the program will be powered by Performance Horizon Group, the same company that powers the iTunes affiliate program.

What do you think of the idea of Google creating a new affiliate program for Google Play and even the Google Store? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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