5.1. Marketer shall earn a forty percent (40%) commission on sales of any Products sold through the Link, and Marketer shall earn an additional five percent (5%) commission on sales of any Product sold through a Sub-Marketer’s Link, except that Fundraising Coach is not responsible, and shall not be required to make commission payments to Marketer, in the event that said cookies are lost or destroyed in any manner, including but not limited to a user’s clearing of the cache or cookies on their web browser.
To me, taken together and considering the latest partnerships, these moves mark Airbnb’s latest phase of growth. The earliest concept of the site was around people offering spare beds and rooms in their homes as an alternative to staying in more pricey, impersonal or too touristy hotels. Then it progressed to people offering their whole (regular, not vacation) homes when they were not in them.
One idea I’ve always thought would be awesome would be to take the long form OptimizePress type sales page and build it into an iPhone app. You could break up the entire pitch into beautiful presentation. Here’s a very quick mockup I did using Steve’s book as an example – I built this template for iPhone/iPad a while ago that allows you to feature beautiful, high res photography, play videos, and sell content in the app. You can only imagine how awesome this would be for selling a specific affiliate product.

Many laws specifically regulate the ways online ads are delivered. For example, online advertising delivered via email is more regulated than the same ad content delivered via banner ads. Among other restrictions, the U.S. CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 requires that any commercial email provide an opt-out mechanism.[108] Similarly, mobile advertising is governed by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), which (among other restrictions) requires user opt-in before sending advertising via text messaging.


VigLink works a bit differently than other affiliate programs in that it is specifically designed for bloggers. Instead of affiliates picking and choosing which merchants to work with, VigLink uses dynamic links that automatically change to work with merchants that VigLink has determined are offering the highest conversation rates and/or commissions at any given moment.
CPA (Cost Per Action or Cost Per Acquisition) or PPP (Pay Per Performance) advertising means the advertiser pays for the number of users who perform a desired activity, such as completing a purchase or filling out a registration form. Performance-based compensation can also incorporate revenue sharing, where publishers earn a percentage of the advertiser's profits made as a result of the ad. Performance-based compensation shifts the risk of failed advertising onto publishers.[62]:4, 16

Online marketing platform (OMP) is an integrated web-based platform that combines the benefits of a business directory, local search engine, search engine optimisation (SEO) tool, customer relationship management (CRM) package and content management system (CMS). Ebay and Amazon are used as online marketing and logistics management platforms. On Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and other Social Media, retail online marketing is also used. Online business marketing platforms such as Marketo, Aprimo, MarketBright and Pardot have been bought by major IT companies (Eloqua-Oracle, Neolane-Adobe and Unica-IBM).
For the purposes of this Agreement, “Link(s)” means the code that Ticketfly makes available to Affiliate that is used for linking from your Site to web pages on Ticketfly.com, and may include banners, text, search boxes, buttons, or other graphics or devices. All Links used in the Program shall be served by the Shareasale Network. Ticketfly may, in its sole discretion, consider written requests to use other serving mechanisms, on a case by case basis. Affiliate shall not modify the Links in any way. Ticketfly will not be responsible for errors that occur in the tracking of transactions if Affiliate has made or caused any such modification.
2.2. All Affiliates that engage in email marketing must have the consent of the recipient to send such email and shall maintain records evidencing such consent including, without limitation: (a) Subscriber opt-in date; (b) Registration source; (c) First name; (d) Last name; (e) E-mail address; (f) Privacy Policy of Source Site; (g) Any other information collected; and (h) Affiliate will supply such records to Company within one (1) business day of a request. 

Unfortunately, the 2Checkout dashboard is a bit limited in scope, making it difficult to get any metrics on conversion rates or even sorting by commission payouts. The workaround is to go to the Avangate store, which does list their best-selling products, and then search for these on the affiliate dashboard. That being said, 2Checkout does offer products from more than 4,000 different vendors, making it the leading affiliate network for software and digital products.

Advertise Purple is the #1 affiliate management agency in the USA. We help clients across the country to super-charge their affiliate revenue and get the most out of the channel. In fact, our clients see an average of 131% growth in affiliate sales within our first six months of campaign management.  This is done for any niche, whether you are in it for direct ecommerce sales or lead generation.
3.3. If you inflate leads or clicks by fraudulent traffic generation, as determined solely by Company, you will forfeit your entire commission for the Program and your account will be terminated. In addition, in the event that you have already received payment for fraudulent activities, Company reserves the right to seek credit or remedy from future earnings or to demand reimbursement from you.
13.1. You hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless AWeber and their subsidiaries and affiliates, and their directors, officers, employees, agents, shareholders, partners, members, and other owners, against any and all claims, actions, demands, liabilities, losses, damages, judgments, settlements, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) (any or all of the foregoing hereinafter referred to as "Losses") insofar as such Losses (or actions in respect thereof) arise out of or are based on (i) any claim that you infringed on any trademark, trade name, service mark, copyright, license, intellectual property, or other proprietary right of any third party, (ii) any misrepresentation of a representation or warranty or breach of a covenant and agreement made by you herein, or (iii) any claim related to your site.
Brand and trademark bidding in any form is not allowed in the Best Buy affiliate program. We highly recommend that publishers make the Best Buy brand (as well as any misspellings) a negative match in search campaigns. When you accept the program term in LinkShare, you are also agreeing to our search policy. Please review it carefully prior to accepting the program terms to ensure that you will be able to abide by them.

Assignment. You will not assign or transfer this Agreement, including any assignment or transfer by reason of merger, reorganization, sale of all or substantially all of its assets, change of control or operation of law, without our prior written consent. We may assign this Agreement to any affiliate or in the event of merger, reorganization, sale of all or substantially all of our assets, change of control or operation of law.
2.7. It is entirely your responsibility to comply with all applicable intellectual property and other laws that pertain to your site. You must have express permission to use any person's copyrighted material, whether it be a writing, an image, or any other copyrightable work. We will not be responsible (and you will be solely responsible) if you use another person's copyrighted material or other intellectual property in violation of the law or any third party rights.
Education occurs most often in "real life" by becoming involved and learning the details as time progresses. Although there are several books on the topic, some so-called "how-to" or "silver bullet" books instruct readers to manipulate holes in the Google algorithm, which can quickly become out of date,[37] or suggest strategies no longer endorsed or permitted by advertisers.[38]
Recent corporate changes and folding 2Checkout into a larger company that is involved in payment processing and e-commerce means that the affiliate program can sometimes feel somewhat neglected. But the ability to generate custom coupon codes and the comprehensive knowledge base make 2Checkout a good option for experienced affiliates with an established user base. But if you’re just entering the affiliate field for the first time, 2Checkout might not be where you want to start.
Subject to the terms of this Agreement and the accrual of commissions as set forth in Section 8 above, commissions will be calculated according to the specified percentage or dollar amount set forth in the commission report in your Affiliate Console for each Qualified Purchase that accrues during the period for which such commission fee is being calculated.
This Agreement is accepted by Company in the State of Nevada and shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws thereof, which laws shall prevail in the event of any conflict. For such limited purpose, MA hereby consents to the personal jurisdiction of any court of competent jurisdiction in the State of Nevada. If any legal action or proceeding is initiated, the prevailing party shall be entitled to all attorney fees, court costs, and expenses in addition to any other relief to which such prevailing party may be entitled.
Brand and trademark bidding in any form is not allowed in the Best Buy affiliate program. We highly recommend that publishers make the Best Buy brand (as well as any misspellings) a negative match in search campaigns. When you accept the program term in LinkShare, you are also agreeing to our search policy. Please review it carefully prior to accepting the program terms to ensure that you will be able to abide by them.

JEBCommerce has the privilege of helping some of the world’s best brands drive incremental sales online. We do this by obsessing over every detail to ensure our efforts together convert. Think of us as a seasoned digital marketing agency with an award-winning affiliate team, unparalleled ad and PPC specialists, a passion for exceptional customer service and a keen eye for analytics. The only thing that’s missing from this dream team? You.
Relationship of the parties. Each party will process the copy of the Personal Data in its possession or control as an independent controller (not as a joint controller with the other party). For the avoidance of doubt and without prejudice to the foregoing, HubSpot shall be an independent controller of any Personal Data that it receives or shares with Affiliate in connection with the Marketing Affiliate Program.
Affiliate Training and Support.  We may make available to you, without charge, various webinars and other resources made available as part of our Affiliate Program. If we make such resources available to you, you will encourage your sales representatives and/or other relevant personnel to participate in training and/or other certifications as we recommend and may make available to you from time-to-time. We may change or discontinue any or all parts of the Affiliate Program benefits or offerings at any time without notice.
It is important to note, however, that StudioPress is now a subsidiary of WPEngine which is the company that actually does the web hosting on which StudioPress’s Genesis framework runs. The affiliate program only works with choosing the StudioPress framework and themes, not the actual hosting on WPEngine. WPEngine has a separate affiliate program for its hosting services, which yes, is a bit confusing.
AdEngage shows targeted text ads (they now have PhoText Ads which includes a small image with the text). They sell ads as a weekly sponsorship package with your ad space priced by week. You set your own rate, but advertisers can see your stats, so they can evaluate your cost per click anyway. If your inventory isn't purchased, CPC ads are displayed.
3.2. Company actively monitors traffic for fraud. If fraud is detected, your account will be made inactive pending further investigation. Fraudulent traffic includes but is not limited to: click-through or conversion rates that are much higher than industry averages and where solid justification for such higher click-through or conversion rates is not evident to the reasonable satisfaction of Company; fraudulent leads as determined and reported by Company's clients; use of fake redirects, automated software, and/or other fraudulent mechanisms to generate payable actions from the Program, and no activity or illicit activity seen in referred accounts.
You agree not to intentionally solicit for employment any of our employees or contractors during the term of this Agreement and for a period of twelve (12) months following the termination or expiration of this Agreement.  Both you and we acknowledge that (i) any newspaper or other public solicitation not directed specifically to such person shall not be deemed to be a solicitation for purposes of this provision, and (ii) this provision is not intended to limit the mobility of either our employees or contractors.
In another example of effective affiliate marketing, Button recently launched app-to-app marketing technology that shows users relevant “buttons” in one app that connect them to another app. So if one makes a restaurant reservation on OpenTable, a button might link to Uber with the destination pre-filled. This is both relevant and a much better user experience that feels far less like advertising.
Glispa is a global mobile ad technology company that consists of 4 solutions – Glispa Perform (to run performance campaigns, as well as data-drivers app retargeting), Connect (data-driven programmatic exchange), Discover (tailored for mobile operators and hardware manufacturers) and Create (to generate HQ compelling ads, as well as Playable Ads). It runs ad campaigns in 187 countries, reaches 1 billion+ active mobile users and serves more than 400 billion advertising impressions a month.
Isn´t it better to have a “responsive” website? With it you would´t only handle iPhone and perhaps Android, but also the other mobile devices. You would not have the hassle with the Apple registration and fee. And the customer does not have the hassle to download the app, instead he can straight on use the website. I do NOT think that for affiliate marketing it is really necessary to have all those functions you get with native apps.
Another one of the highest paying and most popular dating affiliate programs is eHarmony, which is based on the actual earnings that can be made from each referred sale. Up to $188 can be made from a single sale. In general, the members at eHarmony are typically looking to find serious long term relationships, so many of them are willing to pay extra to find similar people.
According to eMarketer, worldwide B2C eCommerce sales will increase by 20.1% in 2014 to reach $1.5 Trillion. Did you know that 95% of online sellers partner with marketplaces like Amazon in part to increase their international presence? The study also revealed that 60% of UK shoppers purchased items from non-UK online retailers because they were able to find a better deal or because they couldn't find the product locally, and that online retailers lose 5-10% of UK, Australian and Canadian shoppers when consumers are unable to buy the same US products online that they can find in a nearby brick and mortar store.
Wave also makes other monetary apps, but Invoice by Wave is of particular interest to affiliates, because it allows you to write an invoice on your phone and send it right away. It saves the pain of spending lots of time getting it right, and also tracks whether it's been paid or not. You can even perform credit card payments into your account using the app.
This Agreement may be terminated by either party at the expiration of its term or any renewal term upon thirty (30) days written notice to the other party. Company acknowledges that this Agreement shall not be terminated for MA’s failure to follow an operating plan, standard procedure, training manual, or substantial equivalent published in Paragraph 3 (k) of this Agreement, except that Company does reserve the right to terminate this Agreement for MA’s failure to follow required procedures relating to the processing of sales contracts, invoices and billing related to Technology sold under this Agreement.
It is the intent of FatCow to treat all of our customers fairly. Accordingly, we require all FatCow Affiliates to comply with applicable laws, regulations and guidelines concerning advertising and marketing, including without limitation, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Endorsement Guides, which require that material connections between advertisers and endorsers be disclosed. This means that all Affiliate Sites (e.g. directories, review/rating websites, blogs, and other websites) and any email or collateral that provide an endorsement or assessment of FatCow’s Products and Services must prominently disclose the fact that you receive compensation for Referred Customers.
Commission Junction is a pioneer in digital performance based marketing. It provides a solution for mobile publishers to monetize their apps and be paid for action they specify, like app install, account register inside an app, in-app purchase of a product and so on. The solution features sophisticated tracking system to track actions within a mobile web site or a mobile app, mobile optimized links and comprehensive insights reports.
At PartnerCentric, you get a robust team that invests a lot of time and energy into making sure your program is doing as well as it can be and the right tactics are being employed. Our account managers have an average of 10 years of experience in the affiliate marketing industry. They have seen the space evolve and have evolved right along with it. They know what it takes to bring a program to its full potential and they understand that it’s often a team effort driven by research, data, insights and tech.
Although most affiliates genuinely want to work with you to help promote valid, authentic traffic to your app or website, there are certainly affiliates that try to use fraudulent traffic to greatly boost their earnings. While there is no specific or perfect solution for preventing this, there are signs you can watch for to identify fraudulent traffic and, therefore, an affiliate that needs to be cut from your network. These signs include:

On the other hand, the report also shows that by 2020, mobile apps -- app store purchases and in-app advertising -- are expected to generate $189 billion. Although getting consumers to download and commit to your app may be difficult, there is definitely potential for earning and long-term success with apps and mobile advertising. Because of this, you should be doing everything you can to measure the success of your campaigns so that you know where to spend your marketing dollars -- and where not to.
3.2. Company actively monitors traffic for fraud. If fraud is detected, your account will be made inactive pending further investigation. Fraudulent traffic includes but is not limited to: click-through or conversion rates that are much higher than industry averages and where solid justification for such higher click-through or conversion rates is not evident to the reasonable satisfaction of Company; fraudulent leads as determined and reported by Company's clients; use of fake redirects, automated software, and/or other fraudulent mechanisms to generate payable actions from the Program, and no activity or illicit activity seen in referred accounts.
People are embracing ad-blocking tools because they are tired of seeing irrelevant, intrusive ads. Consequently, ad-blocking tools also keep relevant ads from reaching potential customers. This is a major drawback for the digital marketing ecosystem of publishers, marketers, agencies, merchants, and other businesses that depend on advertising revenue.
15.1. You agree that you are an independent contractor, and nothing in this Agreement will create any partnership, joint venture, agency, franchise, sales representative, or employment relationship between you and Merchant.com. You will have no authority to make or accept any offers or representations on our behalf. You will not make any statement, whether on Your Site or any other of Your Site or otherwise, that reasonably would contradict anything in this Section.
A relative newcomer that was only founded in 2014, ConvertKit has taken the world of email marketing by storm. According to the company, they now have nearly 20,000 active customers of their email services. Their affiliate program works by paying existing customers a lifetime 30 percent commission for referrals that subsequently become ConvertKit customers or who sign up for ConvertKit webinars and other digital products.
9.1. This agreement shall be governed by Maine law, and Maine courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction. Both parties waive personal jurisdiction to the State of Maine and any state or federal court thereof. Any dispute shall be mediated in good faith, with the parties splitting the cost thereof, in the State of Maine until a resolution or an impasse is reached.

Ticketfly will pay Affiliate the Referral Fees on a rolling basis through the Shareasale Network, on the 20th of each month following a qualified transaction. Ticketfly pays Shareasale for the Referral Fees earned on Qualified Transactions that were purchased during the month, less any taxes that Ticketfly is required by law to withhold. Shareasale disburses the Affiliate’s commission payments. Affiliate may track the number of Qualified Transactions and associate Referral Fees through Shareasale’s Affiliate Reporting interface. Ticketfly does not make any guarantee of a minimum amount of business or that Affiliate will earn any amount of Referral Fees under this Agreement.


A trick banner is a banner ad where the ad copy imitates some screen element users commonly encounter, such as an operating system message or popular application message, to induce ad clicks.[34] Trick banners typically do not mention the advertiser in the initial ad, and thus they are a form of bait-and-switch.[35][36] Trick banners commonly attract a higher-than-average click-through rate, but tricked users may resent the advertiser for deceiving them.[37]
Some commentators originally suggested that affiliate links work best in the context of the information contained within the website itself. For instance, if a website contains information pertaining to publishing a website, an affiliate link leading to a merchant's internet service provider (ISP) within that website's content would be appropriate. If a website contains information pertaining to sports, an affiliate link leading to a sporting goods website may work well within the context of the articles and information about sports. The goal, in this case, is to publish quality information on the website and provide context-oriented links to related merchant's websites.

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SkimLinks is probably best for bloggers who want to write content around the affiliate link rather than add affiliate links to existing products. SkimLinks offers a lot of tools to compare commission rates and offers in order to customize your content to optimize your income. Once nice aspect of SkimLinks is that it offers lots of products for non-US creators, including popular UK brands like John Lewis and Tesco.
So as an affiliate marketer, you have to build a compelling website, attract traffic to that website, and retain a consistent audience in order to sell ads. Then, you join an affiliate network like Amazon or eBay, and they show ads on your site. It’s important to note that affiliates don’t earn money by simply serving ads. They have to direct qualified traffic to a company’s site so that the company can earn more in sales.
3.1. We have the right to monitor your site at any time to determine if you are following the terms and conditions of this Agreement. We may notify you of any changes to your site that we feel should be made, or to make sure that your links to our web site are appropriate and to notify you of any changes that we feel should be made. If you do not make the changes to your site that we feel are necessary, we reserve the right to terminate your participation in the Program.
Established in 1997, FOREX CLUB (the company) is the brand name for a group of companies that provides clients from over 120 countries with platforms and services for trading forex, CFDs and other online trading and educational products. We offer every client effective tools in training, analytics and education, as well as personal support where they want it. FOREX CLUB has over 650 employees worldwide.  In 2011 alone, over 45,000 traders chose to learn forex trading with us.  FOREX CLUB was one of the industry’s first to offer zero spread trading and commission refunds on all unprofitable trades.
ClickBank allows you to join for free, and the approval process is virtually automatic, so it’s a great choice for people entering the affiliated game for the first time. ClickBank has a ton of information, including FAQs, walk-throughs, and videos available, so the barrier to entry is quite low. There’s also a (paid) program called ClickBank University with courses and assistance from experienced marketers.
11.6. Assignment. You may not assign this Agreement, by operation of law or otherwise, without our prior written consent, which may be withheld in our sole discretion. Subject to that restriction, this Agreement will be binding on, inure to the benefit of, and enforceable against the parties and their respective successors and assigns. Our failure to enforce your strict performance of any provision of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of our right to subsequently enforce such provision or any other provision of this Agreement.
11.6. Assignment. You may not assign this Agreement, by operation of law or otherwise, without our prior written consent, which may be withheld in our sole discretion. Subject to that restriction, this Agreement will be binding on, inure to the benefit of, and enforceable against the parties and their respective successors and assigns. Our failure to enforce your strict performance of any provision of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of our right to subsequently enforce such provision or any other provision of this Agreement.

Affiliate may use Links within e-mails that Affiliate sends to registered users of the Affiliate Site. Use of such Links is subject to all of the requirements and restrictions respecting Links generally as set forth in this Agreement. E-mails making reference to Ticketfly, that include Links, or that concern any other aspect of the Program, may be sent only to individuals who have elected to receive such e-mails. “Spamming,” including the sending of unsolicited electronic communications, will not be tolerated and may lead to termination of this Agreement. You will not be entitled to any Referral Fees generated through Spamming tactics. Affiliate shall comply with any and all regulations, statutes and applicable laws of the United States or any other state, country or jurisdiction related to e-mail, and/or electronic communications. It is Affiliate’s responsibility to be aware of all such regulations, statutes and laws.


We love and back our product 100%, and we are very careful with how it’s promoted, so we want affiliates who are 100% behind us too! The prohibited promotional methods listed below aren’t meant to scare you off – they’re here to protect you, and us, and our customers from any freaky or fraudulent activity, which is something we take pretty seriously. We know you’ll understand. 🙂 But here they are in writing just in case you’re not totally sure what is and what isn’t allowed.
On the bright side of the CPC model is that if you, as a publisher, serve ads that you know for certain match your audience interests, you should expect high revenues. But the dark side is that advertisers you serve ads for don’t pay you for all ad views that haven’t resulted into a click. The worst case scenario – you may serve a big volume of ads and not getting any revenue at all, if you fail to match your audience interests with ads topic(s) you serve. To sums up – this model is lucrative for a target audience only.
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.
It's arguable that APIs show their full GET potential in the affiliate marketing space as they provide a real-time, easy to use channel for merchants to supply data to publishers. In some cases, APIs also flex their POST muscles and provide the ability for the publisher to create and load a shopping cart or even initiate  payment without ever redirecting the user to the merchant’s site.
A top contextual commerce company, Button connects mobile apps and sites from leading publishers -- Conde Nast, Huffington Post, Ibotta, and more -- to other apps, driving acquisition of valuable users. For example, readers of Conde Nast Traveler can peruse articles on destinations they want to visit, browse hotels on Hotels.com, and be sent directly to the Hotels.com app to fulfill their intent. Button makes affiliate spend more efficient by optimizing performance and rewards based on a customer's purchase history.
The Affiliate Fee will be paid to you in the form of a cash payment, delivered via PayPal, or a hosting credit of equal value, applied against your monthly hosting bill. If you choose to receive your payment in the form of hosting credit, and your Affiliate Fee exceeds your monthly bill, the Affiliate Fee will be carried forward and applied to subsequent monthly bills. We will pay the Affiliate Fee to you after we have received the second full month’s payment, or, in the case of prepaid accounts, two months after the Referred Customer’s initial purchase. Cash payments made via PayPal will be issued monthly. If you are a ServInt client who has chosen a cash payout, and your account is past due, any applicable payout will be applied to your outstanding balance first – and then the remainder will be issued via PayPal. We will only pay the Affiliate Fee to you if the Referred Customer provides us with your unique referral code, has not been a customer of ours within the previous 12 months, and actually pays for the Resold Services. Affiliate Fees for the PowerPartner™ Program are paid only for new Referred Customers, and are not retroactive to prior purchases or programs. Our sole and exclusive obligation to you is to pay you the Affiliate Fee, if due. If you terminate your agreement with us and there are Affiliate Fees due you, those Affiliate Fees will be forfeited.
Your acceptance of this Agreement and participation in the Affiliate Program will not violate (i) any provision of law, rule, or regulation to which you are subject, (ii) any order, judgment, or decree applicable to you or binding upon your assets or properties, (iii) any provision of your by-laws or certificate of incorporation, or (iv) any agreement or other instrument applicable to you or binding upon your assets or properties.
Aragon Advertising is a digital performance marketing agency that provides advertisers with distribution campaigns via its network of publishers, as well as internal media resources to reach their domestic or global customer base. The company specialties include lead generation, B2C product sales, digital product downloads, mobile app promotion, call generation.
Applicable Law. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard to the conflict of laws provisions thereof. In the event either of us initiates an action in connection with this Agreement or any other dispute between the parties, the exclusive venue and jurisdiction of such action shall be in the state and federal courts in Boston, Massachusetts.

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,[31] LinkShare's Anti-Predatory Advertising Addendum,[32] and ShareASale's complete ban of software applications as a medium for affiliates to promote advertiser offers.[33] 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.[34]


Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing where an online business (merchant) uses third-party advertisers (affiliates) to advertise its products to potential internet customers. Affiliates use display advertising, e-mail, and paid search engine marketing to channel internet traffic to a merchant’s website or product. In return for the advertisements, businesses will compensate the affiliate for each click or sale that occurs due to the third-party marketing efforts.


3.2. Company actively monitors traffic for fraud. If fraud is detected, your account will be made inactive pending further investigation. Fraudulent traffic includes but is not limited to: click-through or conversion rates that are much higher than industry averages and where solid justification for such higher click-through or conversion rates is not evident to the reasonable satisfaction of Company; fraudulent leads as determined and reported by Company's clients; use of fake redirects, automated software, and/or other fraudulent mechanisms to generate payable actions from the Program, and no activity or illicit activity seen in referred accounts.
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