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What is Affiliate Internet Marketing?

Nov 9, 2007
The method of promoting web business, where the affiliate or the publisher is paid for every subscriber, visitor or customer for every sale is called affiliate marketing. The money is paid to him because of his efforts he's made to rope in those customers into that business.

Affiliate marketing is also a name for the industry where number of different companies and individual people participate, together in the various steps of internet marketing. The name also implies the affiliate networks, in-house affiliate managers, affiliate and management companies.

There are specialized third party vendors and different types of publishers or affiliates who bring forth a number of methods to advertise their service and products of their advertisers or merchant partners. In some areas, affiliate marketing overlaps with the internet marketing methods to some degree. This is because affiliates use the same method like some of the merchants do. The methods include paid search engine marketing, organic search engine marketing, email marketing and to some extent display advertising.

Early affiliate marketing

In the early affiliate marketing, the concept of revenue sharing and prying commission for referred business was basically followed. The conversion of the revenue share principle to electronic business over the internet was basically started after the World Wide Web came into existence. The first website to introduce the concept of affiliate marketing or associated program with just a click was the BuyWeb program.

Internet affiliate marketing

This is a simple concept where different companies or individuals have their products or services to bring out to the market. This is done over the internet and people are able to get affiliates from other people whose products and services are in sync with that of one's own. This is one of the most rapidly growing business strategies on the internet.

The probability of failure in internet affiliate marketing is quite less. Simple examples could be online casinos and poker rooms that use internet affiliate marketing. These sites allow people from different areas to use their site without paying. In this, the affiliates provide banner ads to connect to their web sites.

These can be small ads or large eye catching ads that get the attention of people and encourage them to click on the ad or the link that can take them straight to the target web site. If the person visits the site through the ad and registers with the web site, then their website gets paid for referral. If the person further starts working on the web site, then the affiliate earns a commission. So, here the affiliate and the registered web site have become internet affiliate marketing partners.

The website to continue the partnership will provide their affiliates with small text ads to be placed on their official site or in the outgoing mails. Through this process, the partnership can continue and turn into full-fledged business with each other and both parties can earn particular commissions. The affiliates are also provided with necessary tools to keep a track of referrals they bring.
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Stephen C Campbell (MBA, MSc, MCIM) is a business consultant and internet marketer who has conducted business throughout Europe, Far East & U.S. Learn
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