Il secondo soggetto è il publisher o affiliato che partecipa al programma iscrivendo il proprio sito web, portale o web property inserendo il codice JavaScript che ospiterà le inserzioni. Il publisher successivamente tramite attività di promozione search engine optimization (SEO) e search engine marketing (SEM) acquisirà traffico sul proprio presidio web promuovendo le inserzione del merchant insieme ai propri contenuti.
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]
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. 
Per capire realmente come funziona il sistema di affiliazione, guardiamo la cosa dal punto di vista non da addetti, ma da utenti. Mettiamo il caso che navighiamo normalmente su un sito qualunque, ma più o meno di nostro interesse da consumatore. Mentre scorriamo l’occhio tra notizie ed articoli, ci imbattiamo in inserzioni pubblicitarie. Tali inserzioni possono catturare o meno la nostra attenzione. Se riescono a catturarla, potenzialmente guadagnano il nostro click e finiamo sul sito del merchant o inserzionista. Se decidiamo inoltre di comprare un oggetto sullo stesso sito, si crea un circolo virtuoso che parte dal nostro primo click e quindi dal nostro primo ingresso, per finire ad una vendita. Cosa è successo dunque? Abbiamo preso parte ad un vero e proprio ciclo di transazione commerciale.
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.
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.
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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