Glam Media Launches App Network For Blogs

Glam Media, a blog network focusing on men’s and women’s interests, is launching a new Applications Network to let you integrate money-making apps and widgets into your own blog. The network offers a host of different programs, all of which are ad-enabled and include a standardized payment system for developers and publishers.

The Glam Applications Network has already partnered with developers such as Meebo, PollDaddy, PicApp, and AOL’s Sphere to create its initial menu of offerings. Applications range from polls and slideshows to video commenting systems and quizzes designed to be embedded in blogs or other sites.

Like other ad-enabled widget systems, the Glam Apps Network’s advertising system lets you place ads — sold by Glam Media, with a revenue sharing model — directly into the apps. You can also choose to use the apps without ads enabled.

As of now, the App Network is available in beta mode only to sites hosted within its and networks. A public rollout, however, is scheduled for early next year.

The system is fully open source, using standards such as Google Gadget, OpenSocial, and OpenID. A full open source release is set to occur before the end of the year so any developers can get on-board.