Come dicevamo prima anche la piattaforma di affiliazione deve avere una remunerazione. Facendo un semplice esempio nel mondo reale, è come se io proprietario volessi guadagnare sugli ingressi nel mio locale tramite volantinaggio, anziché occuparmene personalmente, chiedessi a qualcuno di trovarmi i migliori addetti al volantinaggio e io assicurassi all’incaricato una buona e alta percentuale di compenso su tutta l’attività di volantinaggio andata a buon fine di quegli addetti.
Affiliate marketing currently lacks industry standards for training and certification. There are some training courses and seminars that result in certifications; however, the acceptance of such certifications is mostly due to the reputation of the individual or company issuing the certification. Affiliate marketing is not commonly taught in universities, and only a few college instructors work with Internet marketers to introduce the subject to students majoring in marketing.
In 1994, Tobin launched a beta version of PC Flowers & Gifts on the Internet in cooperation with IBM, who owned half of Prodigy. By 1995 PC Flowers & Gifts had launched a commercial version of the website and had 2,600 affiliate marketing partners on the World Wide Web. Tobin applied for a patent on tracking and affiliate marketing on January 22, 1996, and was issued U.S. Patent number 6,141,666 on Oct 31, 2000. Tobin also received Japanese Patent number 4021941 on Oct 5, 2007, and U.S. Patent number 7,505,913 on Mar 17, 2009, for affiliate marketing and tracking. In July 1998 PC Flowers and Gifts merged with Fingerhut and Federated Department Stores.