Affiliates were among the earliest adopters of pay per click advertising when the first pay-per-click search engines emerged during the end of the 1990s. Later in 2000 Google launched its pay per click service, Google AdWords, which is responsible for the widespread use and acceptance of pay per click as an advertising channel. An increasing number of merchants engaged in pay per click advertising, either directly or via a search marketing agency, and realized that this space was already occupied by their affiliates. Although this situation alone created advertising channel conflicts and debates between advertisers and affiliates, the largest issue concerned affiliates bidding on advertisers names, brands, and trademarks. Several advertisers began to adjust their affiliate program terms to prohibit their affiliates from bidding on those type of keywords. Some advertisers, however, did and still do embrace this behavior, going so far as to allow, or even encourage, affiliates to bid on any term, including the advertiser's trademarks.
LinkConnector has struggled to stand out from the pack but nonetheless has managed to sign some exclusive deals with big name brands, including Writer’s Digest, the Disney Store, Ironman, Hats.com, and Everly. Their strictly controlled screening process for both merchants/advertisers and affiliates/publishers means that you can always rely on the quality of products on offer.
TradeDoubler.com est une entreprise suédoise qui a été créée en 1999. Cette entreprise emploie maintenant plus de 600 employés. Le réseau TradeDoubler a plus de 1700 annonceurs et est ouvert aux éditeurs européens seulement. En plus d’être un réseau d’affiliation de qualité, TradeDoubler offre aussi la possibilité à d’autres agences d’utiliser leur plateforme pour administrer des campagnes de marketing. TradeDoubler a beaucoup de grands annonceurs sur son réseau. En voici quelques-uns: HP, Apple, The Body Shop, American Express, Hertz, Hilton, etc.
Commission Junction est un important réseau de marketing d’affiliation fondé en Californie, en 1998. Lexmark, Reebok, Best Western, Godaddy, Adobe et Expedia font tous partie de la longue liste des annonceurs de Commission Junction. Commission Junction est assurément un bon endroit pour commencer en tant qu’affilié. Vous pouvez choisir parmi des milliers de produits d’annonceurs populaires. Cependant, si vous avez qu’un ebook à vendre, Commission Junction n’est probablement pas le bon endroit pour devenir annonceur.
Unfortunately, the 2Checkout dashboard is a bit limited in scope, making it difficult to get any metrics on conversion rates or even sorting by commission payouts. The workaround is to go to the Avangate store, which does list their best-selling products, and then search for these on the affiliate dashboard. That being said, 2Checkout does offer products from more than 4,000 different vendors, making it the leading affiliate network for software and digital products.
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.