As search engines have become more prominent, some affiliate marketers have shifted from sending e-mail spam to creating automatically generated web pages that often contain product data feeds provided by merchants. The goal of such web pages is to manipulate the relevancy or prominence of resources indexed by a search engine, also known as spamdexing. Each page can be targeted to a different niche market through the use of specific keywords, with the result being a skewed form of search engine optimization.
The seller, whether a solo entrepreneur or large enterprise, is a vendor, merchant, product creator, or retailer with a product to market. The product can be a physical object, like household goods, or a service, like makeup tutorials. Also known as the brand, the seller does not need to be actively involved in the marketing, but they may also be the advertiser and profit from the revenue sharing associated with affiliate marketing.
Considerando che il carrello medio dell’acquisto sul sito di ecommerce sia € 300, il margine medio dell’advertiser il 30% (net profit € 90); la commissione sarà una percentuale (tendenzialmente un 5 – 10%) del net profit medio. Un CPA fisso, se i prodotti venduti generano una revenue unitaria media abbastanza o completamente uniforme (calcolato sempre su un 5/10% del net profit). Criticità : Difficile generare grandi volumi se il cliente non è un grande player con già una big reputation sul mercato.
In February 2000, Amazon announced that it had been granted a patent on components of an affiliate program. The patent application was submitted in June 1997, which predates most affiliate programs, but not PC Flowers & Gifts.com (October 1994), AutoWeb.com (October 1995), Kbkids.com/BrainPlay.com (January 1996), EPage (April 1996), and several others.