Websites and services based on Web 2.0 concepts—blogging and interactive online communities, for example—have impacted the affiliate marketing world as well. These platforms allow improved communication between merchants and affiliates. Web 2.0 platforms have also opened affiliate marketing channels to personal bloggers, writers, and independent website owners. Contextual ads allow publishers with lower levels of web traffic to place affiliate ads on websites.[citation needed]
Affiliate marketing currently lacks industry standards for training and certification. There are some training courses and seminars that result in certifications; however, the acceptance of such certifications is mostly due to the reputation of the individual or company issuing the certification. Affiliate marketing is not commonly taught in universities, and only a few college instructors work with Internet marketers to introduce the subject to students majoring in marketing.[41]
Supposons que l’annonceur est Adobe.com. Sur la plupart des plateformes d’affiliation, vous verriez un lien semblable sur le site de l’éditeur: http://www.linkconnector.com/affiliate.htm?adv=adobe&aff=marketeurbiz .  En cliquant sur ce lien, le visiteur est envoyé sur le site de Linkconnector et ensuite, il est redirigé à http://www.adobe.com. Avant la technologie Naked Link, c’était le seul moyen d’enregistrer une transaction. Avec la technologie Naked Link, vous verriez seulement le lien direct de l’annonceur (http://www.adobe.com) apparaître sur le site internet de l’éditeur (affilié). Comme il est important en SEO (Search Engine Optimization) d’avoir des liens externes à son site internet pour améliorer ses chances d’avoir une bonne position dans les moteurs de recherche, le Naked Link aide les annonceurs à avoir plus de liens directs à leur site internet.

Affiliates discussed the issues in Internet forums and began to organize their efforts. They believed that the best way to address the problem was to discourage merchants from advertising via adware. Merchants that were either indifferent to or supportive of adware were exposed by affiliates, thus damaging those merchants' reputations and tarnishing their affiliate marketing efforts. Many affiliates either terminated the use of such merchants or switched to a competitor's affiliate program. Eventually, affiliate networks were also forced by merchants and affiliates to take a stand and ban certain adware publishers from their network. The result was Code of Conduct by Commission Junction/beFree and Performics,[35] LinkShare's Anti-Predatory Advertising Addendum,[36] and ShareASale's complete ban of software applications as a medium for affiliates to promote advertiser offers.[37] Regardless of the progress made, adware continues to be an issue, as demonstrated by the class action lawsuit against ValueClick and its daughter company Commission Junction filed on April 20, 2007.[38]
While these models have diminished in mature e-commerce and online advertising markets they are still prevalent in some more nascent industries. China is one example where Affiliate Marketing does not overtly resemble the same model in the West. With many affiliates being paid a flat "Cost Per Day" with some networks offering Cost Per Click or CPM.

L’éditeur, aussi connu sous le nom de marketeur ou d’affilié, est un individu qui fait la promotion de produits et de services. L’éditeur s’associe avec l’annonceur afin de promouvoir les produits et services de ce dernier. L’éditeur utilise des annonces, des liens et crée des campagnes de marketing afin de trouver des acheteurs pour les produits et services de l’annonceur. Pour chaque produit vendu, l’annonceur donne une commission à l’éditeur.
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