Category Archives: Publishers

New Getting Started, Publisher Overview and FAQ

We just published 3 new pages as part of the CityGrid Developer Center today, in an effort to help publishers get up and running using the CityGrid places, reviews, offers and advertising APIs.

The three pages are:

  • Getting Started – Step by step instructions to get you up and running using the CityGrid APis.
  • Publisher Overview – Providing an overview of the four tiers of being a publisher within the CityGrid API community.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – A page dedicated to answering some of the most common questions asked by developers.

Next, I’m working on a new code samples and starter kits page, that will showcase all the new code samples we are producing.

Let me know what else you will need to get up and running with the CityGrid APIs and what you need to be successful!

Do You Have the Next UrbanSpoon App?

I was just reading the latest blog post from UrbanSpoon, where they reflect back on the 2011 year–where they saw 80% growth in overall traffic to their restaurant information and recommendation service.

UrbanSpoon began as a publisher within the CityGrid API ecosystem and after successfully attracting a significant local audience, IAC, CityGrid’s parent company offered to invest in the startup. Two years later, they are still growing and proving to be a force to reckon with in the restaurant mobile space.

UrbanSpoon is the poster child of what any developer can do with the CityGrid places, offers, reviews APIs and advertising. You don’t have to limit yourself within the restaurant space, there are plenty of other areas that haven’t been tapped–from doctors and dentists to hair dressers and beauty salons.

All it takes is realizing your idea, signing up for a CityGrid publisher account, then build your web or mobile application. Once your app is ready for launch, submit it to our partner account management team for review, and they’ll approve you for advertising revenue share.

I recommend launching your app in the cities and markets you know best, then once you get more traction, grow into other markets as your resources allow. Don’t spread yourself too thin, bring in revenue and grow your startup in a healty way.

Who knows, your idea could be the next UrbanSpoon, and catch the eye of the IAC / CityGrid incubation team as one of the next must have investments.