Se sei appena agli inizi, la creazione di un forte tasso di commissione ha maggiori probabilità di attirare affiliati di qualità. Un altro tendenza di marketing di affiliazione è quello di controllare i concorrenti nella tua nicchia e lanciare il tuo programma con le commissioni più forti che puoi permetterti di pagare. È inoltre possibile creare strutture di commissione personalizzate per diversi affiliati in quanto non si è bloccati solo utilizzando la propria offerta pubblica.

Although it differs from spyware, adware often uses the same methods and technologies. Merchants initially were uninformed about adware, what impact it had, and how it could damage their brands. Affiliate marketers became aware of the issue much more quickly, especially because they noticed that adware often overwrites tracking cookies, thus resulting in a decline of commissions. Affiliates not employing adware felt that it was stealing commission from them. Adware often has no valuable purpose and rarely provides any useful content to the user, who is typically unaware that such software is installed on his/her computer.
In 2006, the most active sectors for affiliate marketing were the adult gambling, retail industries and file-sharing services.[21]:149–150 The three sectors expected to experience the greatest growth are the mobile phone, finance, and travel sectors.[21] Soon after these sectors came the entertainment (particularly gaming) and Internet-related services (particularly broadband) sectors. Also several of the affiliate solution providers expect to see increased interest from business-to-business marketers and advertisers in using affiliate marketing as part of their mix.[21]:149–150
When beginning your affiliate marketing career, you’ll want to cultivate an audience that has very specific interests. This allows you to tailor your affiliate campaigns to that niche, increasing the likelihood that you’ll convert. By establishing yourself as an expert in one area instead of promoting a large array of products, you’ll be able to market to the people most likely to buy the product.

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.
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]
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