As I've mentioned before, I'm a huge fan of FMTC's affiliate database directory. I've used it daily for years while working on HIF and it doesn't look like that'll end any time soon because they have a new Chrome browser extension.
This allows FMTC subscribers to swiftly access affiliate links and merchant information without needing to load the database each time, all from within your browser while still on a merchant's website. If you run a website or any sort of business that works with affiliates, I can't recommend it enough.
This upgrade might seem small at first glance, but it completely cuts down on the number of clicks and time it takes to check on a merchant. Even if it only saves you a minute or two each day, that time saved quickly ads up. And I find myself using it way more than just once a day!
Setting up the extension couldn't be easier either.
- Install the browser extension from the Chrome store.
- Log into your FMTC account.
- Click “Browser Extension” from the sidebar.
- Generate your unique API key, then enter it into the extension.
Once you're set up, you can start using the extension on thousands of different merchant websites to check their program status, restrictions, deeplink ability, and even whether or not they offer curbside pickup for online purchases!
Accessing all of this merchant info without the extension would have taken, at minimum, three additional clicks and page loads. Loading the database, searching the database, then loading the merchant page. But with the extension, it's all at my fingertips right from the browser!
Deal bloggers will also love the “Deals” section within each merchant's listing. It contains both a link to FMTC's full deal page for each merchant while also highlighting a few “top deals” that FMTC thinks you might be interested in.
As of 2022, the extension also lets you create direct, unbranded affiliate deep link! This was a huge feature on my initial wish list and now that it's implemented, I rarely find myself swapping over to the FMTC database in my browser during my daily workflow. This seamless update removed a frequent bottleneck I experienced and elevated this to a fantastic new level.
Are there any other bloggers out there who use FMTC's merchant directory? Have you tried the extension yet? If so, please let share in the comments how it helps your daily routine!