In November 1994, CDNow launched its BuyWeb program. CDNow had the idea that music-oriented websites could review or list albums on their pages that their visitors might be interested in purchasing. These websites could also offer a link that would take visitors directly to CDNow to purchase the albums. The idea for remote purchasing originally arose from conversations with music label Geffen Records in the fall of 1994. The management at Geffen wanted to sell its artists' CD's directly from its website but did not want to implement this capability itself. Geffen asked CDNow if it could design a program where CDNow would handle the order fulfillment. Geffen realized that CDNow could link directly from the artist on its website to Geffen's website, bypassing the CDNow home page and going directly to an artist's music page.[14]
Affiliate marketing overlaps with other Internet marketing methods to some degree, because affiliates often use regular advertising methods. Those methods include organic search engine optimization (SEO), paid search engine marketing (PPC – Pay Per Click), e-mail marketing, content marketing, and (in some sense) display advertising. On the other hand, affiliates sometimes use less orthodox techniques, such as publishing reviews of products or services offered by a partner.[citation needed]

Très souvent, les personnes et les sites qui vous promettent de gagner autant d’argent se rémunèrent en commissions sur les inscriptions aux offres qu’ils encouragent. Cela s’appelle l’affiliation. En vous faisant miroiter de jolis gains en très peu de temps, ils s’assurent que vous allez vous inscrire au site ou à l’offre révolutionnaire, et voilà, le tour est joué et l’argent est dans la poche. Leur poche, pas la vôtre. Sinon c’est pas drôle.


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.
On parle aussi parfois de sites de niche : des sites sur une thématique très précise, dont le but est d’une part d’informer les visiteurs sur cette thématique, et d’autre part de générer un revenu sympathique (notamment via des mécanismes d’affiliation, comme vous le verrez ci-dessous). Par exemple, j’ai trouvé un site spécialisé sur les hoverboards. C’est l’exemple parfait d’un site de niche: une thématique bien précise, des guides d’achat, des comparateurs et de l’affiliation Amazon.
The only difference with the offline middleman and affiliate business program is that the online affiliate does not need to get hold of the actual product to earn revenue. He doesn’t need to shell out money to buy the product that he has to sell. All he has to do is create a site that markets the products of the producer. Every time he makes a sale, the producer will take over to send the actual products, receive payments and extend customer support, when necessary. A special web-based script records this process and thus the affiliate is paid for every successful sale he makes.
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