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General Affiliate Marketing: The History Of Affiliate Marketing

Aug 17, 2007
It can be said that affiliate marketing can be traced to a cocktail party. Yes, the one which includes Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon. He was chatting with one of his guests who wanted to sell books on her own webpage.

The creative genius that is Jeff began thinking. Why not have his guest link her site to Amazon and receive some sort of compensation for every book that she sold? Soon after the Amazon Associates Program was born. Indeed, it was a very simple idea. Affiliate marketers, or Amazon associates would place banners and text links for individual books or link directly to Amazon's main web page and some of them would earn a commission. When visitors are lead to Amazon from an associate's site, and purchased a book the website owner gets cash.

But according to some net documentation, CDNow's affiliate program actually was the first one to come up with the marketing plan to boost sales. With its buyweb program, CDNow was the first to introduce the concept of affiliate marketing.

It works in the same way that Amazon's affiliate program works:

The team at CDNow thought that music lovers who had websites could give out and write reviews on their site that visitors may be interested in purchasing. These sites could link the visitor directly to the item to be purchased on the CDNow website.

The rest they say is history. Countless companies and advertisers have now included affiliate marketing as part of their promotions strategy. Almost all ebook publishers take advantage of affiliate marketing to spread their work out to more people.

This has resulted to more sales for the publisher as well as extra income for the affiliate marketer. With the rapid success of affiliates, advertisers are seeing growth opportunities everywhere. There are some companies such as Clickbank that offer affiliate programs to Advertisers and easy access and promotion of these products for free to future and current affiliate marketers.

The history behind things, obviously, make them into what they become. With the knowledge of history we can prevent many mistakes that we may make by learning from others mistakes. Affiliate marketing and affiliate programs are no different. I encourage you to research the past and history of people who have succeeded in this field, as well as people who have failed.

The past holds all the knowledge you need to make yourself successful. Use it.
About the Author
Daniel Alan is the creator of the critically acclaimed Perfect Path To Wealth system and an expert at making money online.

The Perfect Path To Wealth Affiliate Program is one of the best choices for affiliate marketing offering $33.90 per sale, which is a 75% commission. It is one of the best converting programs around and is free to join.
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