In November 1994, CDNow launched its BuyWeb program. CDNow had the idea that music-oriented websites could review or list albums on their pages that their visitors might be interested in purchasing. These websites could also offer a link that would take visitors directly to CDNow to purchase the albums. The idea for remote purchasing originally arose from conversations with music label Geffen Records in the fall of 1994. The management at Geffen wanted to sell its artists' CD's directly from its website but did not want to implement this capability itself. Geffen asked CDNow if it could design a program where CDNow would handle the order fulfillment. Geffen realized that CDNow could link directly from the artist on its website to Geffen's website, bypassing the CDNow home page and going directly to an artist's music page.
As search engines have become more prominent, some affiliate marketers have shifted from sending e-mail spam to creating automatically generated web pages that often contain product data feeds provided by merchants. The goal of such web pages is to manipulate the relevancy or prominence of resources indexed by a search engine, also known as spamdexing. Each page can be targeted to a different niche market through the use of specific keywords, with the result being a skewed form of search engine optimization.
Le réseau, aussi connu sous le nom de programme ou de plateforme, agit comme intermédiaire entre l’annonceur et l’éditeur. Le réseau facilite la vie de l’éditeur pour trouver et participer à un programme d’affiliation en marketing. Le réseau permet aussi de rejoindre un plus grand nombre d’annonceurs et d’éditeurs. Certains réseaux ont des frais d’adhésion tandis que d’autres se prennent une partie des profits de l’annonceur lorsqu’une vente est conclue.