There are a few occasions each year that provide monumental opportunities for all the Internet marketers out there. Black Friday is a big one. The holiday shopping season in general can be quite lucrative. And then there is one very big one coming up in a little over two weeks: Valentine’s Day.
February 14th can represent quite a bit of angst for all the attached fellas in the audience, but it’s also a great opportunity for you to make money online. One way to do that is to capitalize on the Florist One API, which serves as the subject of today’s review. Yes, you can make money selling flowers.
Sell Flowers with No Physical Inventory
The idea of having an affiliate program associated with a florist is nothing novel or groundbreaking. There are other affiliate programs out there, but you typically redirect your visitors toward the website of the end vendor. Such is not the case with this API.
Instead of creating a landing page and sending your visitors away, you can create your own online floral shop. From the customer’s perspective, it’ll look like they are buying directly from you, but Florist One will actually be handling every aspect of order fulfilment and customer service. You just have to send the sales.
The orders for fresh flowers are then fulfilled and delivered by the network of over 30,000 local FTD florists in the United States and Canada.
How Much Money Can I Make?
This is a very general question, of course, and your mileage will certainly vary. However, the potential for quite a lucrative online business is certainly there.
Combining the API with the Florist One affiliate program, you earn an impressive 22% commission on every sale. That leads the industry.
How you choose to use the API is up to you. This is one of the greatest strengths, as well as one of the greatest weaknesses, of the Florist One API. There is no pre-built website template and you’ll find the site “selling” you on the API is very text-heavy. You really do need to code your own site to use the API appropriately.
An Example of a Florist One-Powered Storefront
The above screenshot comes from People’s Flower Network, a site owned and run by the people behind the Florist One API. Naturally, it uses that as the framework, but it demonstrates what you can do with the API and some relatively basic coding.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this Abundance of Love Bouquet is probably an appropriate gift.
If your online Romeo completes the purchase for this $119.95 bouquet, you’d effectively earn a commission of $26.39. Not bad, considering that you don’t have to deal with order fulfilment, customer service, or any of the other related logistics.
Applications Beyond the Typical Retail Environment
Absolutely, you can make use of the Florist One API to set up an online storefront and sell flowers to the general public. This gives you the appearance of having your own staff and inventory when you really don’t.
However, this API may be even more powerful for more specific applications. One of the more interesting examples given is a funeral home. Yes, I realize this is kind of morbid, but don’t you think a funeral home could really benefit from having its own online store for flowers? There’s a trust factor there. The same can be said about charitable organizations, dating sites, wedding planners, and more.
Does It Work?
For my part, it sounds like the Florist One API holds some great potential for people who want to capitalize on this market. However, a lot of onus is still on you as the Internet marketer to realize this potential.
This is why I would highly encourage the people behind the Florist One API to invest some more time in developing the website for the API and for the affiliate program. It is very text heavy, and having some visual aids would go a very long way.
With their permission, it would help to have more examples of sites that use the Florist One API so that people would have a better idea of how it could be utilized. In addition to the API, it would also help to have some pre-configured website templates (even if they are sold at a premium) that use the API.
This would make for a more “turn-key” business. Make it easier to use and understand, and you could have a lot more Florist One-powered sites out there.