Vflyer, the San Francisco start-up that lets you distribute your classified ad to multiple Web sites, tomorrow unveils a new widget service to profile the ads more easily elsewhere.
The move is notable because vflyer is offering the service as part of a premium service (it has various plans, but the basic one is $19.95 per month). So far, widget mania has been a largely free movement. Photo and video sites, for example, have offered widgets to the masses to use on social networking profiles at Myspace or on personal blogs. Mainstream Web sites have started using widgets increasingly to augment their business and content. However, Vflyer is trying to show that it can actually make money by making widget services part of a premium account. The company has started generating revenue, however is not yet profitable, says co-founder Oliver Muoto.
We first wrote about the company here.
Vflyer works by letting you create an ad, and then helps you distribute it for to free-listing places like Google Base, Oodle and Craigslist, and to paid-listing sites as well. Last month, the company introduced premium accounts. Tomorrow, vflyer lets real estate agents, for example, with paid accounts create widgets for their blogs, which can be used to show slideshows or videos of their entire inventory of homes. Similarly, car-dealers can use the widgets to show off their fleet of cars, or bands to can use them to showcase their upcoming events. These are dynamic, having photos that scroll continuously, and are not static as in the screenshot below.