Affiliate Marketing History

While many believe that Amazon were the first to offer an affiliate type program with the Amazon Associates program there was one other affiliate program introduced earlier. In November 1994 Geffen Records and CDNow came to an agreement that allowed Geffen Records to place links on their website directed at the CDNow website. Instead of these links directing to the CDNow homepage they would link to the appropriate artist’s page that included any CDs that artist had for sale. In April of 1996, EPage released an affiliate program to the public enabling them to work on a similar structure.

Amazon Associates was released later that year in July 1996. While Amazon wasn’t the first it certainly helped put affiliate marketing on the map and to this day the Amazon Associates affiliate program remains one of the most popular in the world. Many other companies have followed suit and offered their own affiliate programs. For those companies too small to introduce their own program, affiliate groups and other third party organizations have been established making the process easier and quicker.

Many foresaw the death of affiliate marketing with the introduction of Google Adsense pay-per-click advertising campaigns and while affiliate plans have seen a lull they are far from being dead in the water.

General Affiliate Success
Affiliate marketing success is all about numbers. The more people you attract to your site the greater the chance you have of diverting customers to the merchant’s site and hence making money. Affiliate marketing is not a quick hit and it will require a combination of time and patience before you make a reasonable amount of money from it. But during this time you will undoubtedly master some of the finer arts of making money through affiliate programs.

This E-book aims to guide you through many of the choices you will be faced with and also help you with some of the finer points of affiliate marketing. Whether you are a beginner or you consider yourself an advanced affiliate there is undoubtedly a large amount of information in here that will help you in your efforts.