Amazon is the largest affiliate site that offers numerous advantages to sellers and affiliates alike. With more than one and a half million sellers, this is the perfect place for beginners to start affiliate marketing. This site is also an excellent option for advanced affiliate marketers who can create custom tools and websites that have APIs and as well as Amazon implementations. As a beginner, you will need some form of a platform where you can promote your products. The most common way of doing this is through your blog or website.

Affiliate marketing is also called "performance marketing", in reference to how sales employees are typically being compensated. Such employees are typically paid a commission for each sale they close, and sometimes are paid performance incentives for exceeding objectives.[25] Affiliates are not employed by the advertiser whose products or services they promote, but the compensation models applied to affiliate marketing are very similar to the ones used for people in the advertisers' internal sales department.


Since the emergence of affiliate marketing, there has been little control over affiliate activity. Unscrupulous affiliates have used spam, false advertising, forced clicks (to get tracking cookies set on users' computers), adware, and other methods to drive traffic to their sponsors. Although many affiliate programs have terms of service that contain rules against spam, this marketing method has historically proven to attract abuse from spammers.
Affiliate-Systeme basieren auf dem Prinzip der Vermittlungsprovision. Die Vermittlung geschieht in der virtuellen Welt des World Wide Web durch einen Link. Ein solcher Affiliate-Link enthält einen speziellen Code, der den Affiliate eindeutig beim Händler identifiziert. Vereinfacht heißt das: Durch den Link mit Partnerkennung erkennt der Händler, von wem der Kunde geschickt wurde. Die Provision wird für die reinen Klicks auf das Werbemittel („Click“), die Übermittlung qualifizierter Kundenkontakte („Lead“) oder den Verkauf („Sale“) gezahlt. Im Gegensatz zum Merchant (wörtlich: Händler; hier auch Programm-Anbieter oder -Betreiber), der Waren oder Dienstleistungen anbietet, fungiert der Affiliate also lediglich als Schnittstelle zwischen Händlern und potenziellen Kunden.
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