Affiliate marketing is also called "performance marketing", in reference to how sales employees are typically being compensated. Such employees are typically paid a commission for each sale they close, and sometimes are paid performance incentives for exceeding objectives.[25] Affiliates are not employed by the advertiser whose products or services they promote, but the compensation models applied to affiliate marketing are very similar to the ones used for people in the advertisers' internal sales department.
Let’s say you have a promotions page where you’re promoting a product via affiliate links. If you currently get 5,000 visits/month at a 2% conversion rate, you have 100 referrals. To get to 200 referrals, you can either focus on getting 5,000 more visitors, or simply increasing the conversion rate to 4%. Which sounds easier? Instead of spending months building domain authority with blogging and guest posts to get more organic traffic, you just have to increase the conversion rate by 2%. This can include landing page optimization, testing your calls-to-action, and having a conversion rate optimization strategy in place. By testing and optimizing your site, you’ll get far better results with much less effort. 
Gli acquirenti continueranno a rivolgersi a Internet e agli influencer per guidare i loro acquisti di e-commerce. Ricorda che gli affiliati rappresentano il tuo marchio, quindi assicurati che siano in linea con i valori e l'immagine principali. Capire quali strumenti di affiliazione fidarsi e come integrare il marketing di affiliazione nelle tue tattiche di vendita globali migliorerà la tua attività di e-commerce e aumenterà le vendite.
Il rapporto di affiliazione è un rapporto cosiddetto win-win: io inserzionista devo fare della pubblicità per promuovere un prodotto/servizio, per far fare un acquisto, per far registrare qualcuno al mio sito. Io publisher devo erogare pubblicità quindi se ho fatto fare l’azione all’utente, ho vinto: perché tu mi pagherai una commissione. Io inserzionista se sono riuscito a far fare l’azione ho vinto, perché ne ho un ritorno economico. Ovviamente un ROI lo avrà anche la piattaforma di affiliazione facente da intermediario.
Despite its older origins, email marketing is still a viable source of affiliate marketing income. Some affiliates have email lists they can use to promote the seller’s products. Others may leverage email newsletters that include hyperlinks to products, earning a commission after the consumer purchases the product. Another method is for the affiliate to build an email list over time. They use their various campaigns to collect emails en masse, then send out emails regarding the products they are promoting.
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 & (October 1994), (October 1995), (January 1996), EPage (April 1996), and several others.[13]