Building trust with your audience is paramount in affiliate marketing, and the quickest way to lose trust is to recommend products either you haven’t used before or that aren’t a good fit for your audience. Also make sure you never tell anyone to directly buy a product, you are simply recommending the product. The more helpful you are and the more you make quality recommendations, the more likely your web visitors will come back for your expertise. 
C’è da fare una premessa iniziale. Se n’è parlato molto meno in questi anni di affiliazione e dei suoi meccanismi. Questa minor diffusione, si parla dell’1% attuale a cui si è arrivati nel mercato digitale, non è dovuta affatto al concetto che la macchina non funzioni o che abbia problemi tecnici, e nemmeno che non porti risultati o che richieda troppa cura. È dovuta soprattutto alla cattiva, per non dire pessima, gestione delle sue reali potenzialità. Gli utilizzatori hanno promesso potenzialità e obiettivi fallaci, e quindi hanno tentato più volte nel lungo periodo di utilizzarla per fare cose sbagliate e realmente non sfruttando la vera forza che questo mezzo poteva rendere anche economicamente. Tutto questo purtroppo su scala mondiale.
Negli ultimi quindici anni ha cambiato gradualmente un sacco. Mentre il vecchio modem 56K andato per la spazzatura, smartphone ha conquistato il mondo. Quasi ogni bambino proprio oggi un telefono con connessione internet mobile. Persone che guardano ora YouTube (e piattaforme video alternativi), marketing di affiliazione online è diventato sempre più importante e continuerà a crescere in futuro. Marketing affiliato ha un sacco di vantaggi ed è uno dei modi migliori per guadagnare reddito passivo e attivo:
In February 2000, Amazon announced that it had been granted a patent[18] 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.[13]
Amazon ha dunque creato un proprio sistema di affiliazione interno che nel tempo è diventato il più potente al mondo. La leggenda vuole che sia stato proprio Amazon ad inventarsi un sistema di affiliazione. La storia narra di un blog che ha proposto a Jeff Bezos, CEO di Amazon, di farsi dare dei banner di Amazon e di farsi pagare solo nel caso fosse riuscito a fargli vendere più libri (ai tempi Amazon è nato proprio da qui). Jeff Bezos entusiasta dell’idea mise in piedi un sistema per fare proprio questo. Ad oggi vanta milioni di siti affiliati, facenti capo a centinaia di migliaia di publisher un giro di affari intorno al biliardo, cioè 1000 alla quinta e quindi mille bilioni. Da capogiro.

Most businesses require startup fees as well as a cash flow to finance the products being sold. However, affiliate marketing can be done at a low cost, meaning you can get started quickly and without much hassle. There are no affiliate program fees to worry about and no need to create a product. Beginning this line of work is relatively straightforward.


In April 2008 the State of New York inserted an item in the state budget asserting sales tax jurisdiction over Amazon.com sales to residents of New York, based on the existence of affiliate links from New York–based websites to Amazon.[45] The state asserts that even one such affiliate constitutes Amazon having a business presence in the state, and is sufficient to allow New York to tax all Amazon sales to state residents. Amazon challenged the amendment and lost at the trial level in January 2009. The case is currently making its way through the New York appeals courts.

Cost per click was more common in the early days of affiliate marketing but has diminished in use over time due to click fraud issues very similar to the click fraud issues modern search engines are facing today. Contextual advertising programs are not considered in the statistic pertaining to the diminished use of cost per click, as it is uncertain if contextual advertising can be considered affiliate marketing.

Developing and monetizing microsites can also garner a serious amount of sales. These sites are advertised within a partner site or on the sponsored listings of a search engine. They are distinct and separate from the organization’s main site. By offering more focused, relevant content to a specific audience, microsites lead to increased conversions due to their simple and straightforward call to action.

No matter how good your marketing skills are, you’ll make less money on a bad product than you will on a valuable one. Take the time to study the demand for a product before promoting it. Make sure to research the seller with care before teaming up. Your time is worth a lot, and you want to be sure you’re spending it on a product that is profitable and a seller you can believe in.

If your audience is looking to launch an online business, migrate their ecommerce platform, or simply interested in ecommerce content, we encourage you to apply for the BigCommerce affiliate program. Our team will carefully review your application. Once approved, you will receive access to support, tracking, reporting, payments, and have your own unique affiliate link to track every referral you generate. BigCommerce is committed to the success of our affiliate partners.
A more complex system, pay per lead affiliate programs compensates the affiliate based on the conversion of leads. The affiliate must persuade the consumer to visit the merchant’s website and complete the desired action — whether it’s filling out a contact form, signing up for a trial of a product, subscribing to a newsletter, or downloading software or files.
The phrase, "Affiliates are an extended sales force for your business", which is often used to explain affiliate marketing, is not completely accurate. The primary difference between the two is that affiliate marketers provide little if any influence on a possible prospect in the conversion process once that prospect is directed to the advertiser's website. The sales team of the advertiser, however, does have the control and influence up to the point where the prospect either a) signs the contract, or b) completes the purchase.
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.
Most businesses require startup fees as well as a cash flow to finance the products being sold. However, affiliate marketing can be done at a low cost, meaning you can get started quickly and without much hassle. There are no affiliate program fees to worry about and no need to create a product. Beginning this line of work is relatively straightforward.

In 1994, Tobin launched a beta version of PC Flowers & Gifts on the Internet in cooperation with IBM, who owned half of Prodigy.[10] 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.[11] In July 1998 PC Flowers and Gifts merged with Fingerhut and Federated Department Stores.[12]

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