Will Amazon Leave Affiliates DEAD?

Written by Lee Benson

Today I have a little story for you.

During my daily Internet escapades, a marketing buddy of mine pointed me inrepparttar direction of a new press release that was announced on CNET on February 25th 2000.

I was so shocked when I readrepparttar 102614 release, that my mind wandered off in countless directions, trying to grasprepparttar 102615 devastating effect that this could bring torepparttar 102616 world of e-commerce. "No, surely not" I said to myself.

I quickly realized thatrepparttar 102617 press release I just read could entail me losing over HALF of my monthly revenue.

It's true.

DEATH TO SOME AFFILIATE PROGRAMS could soon berepparttar 102618 reality. (Well, at leastrepparttar 102619 existing technologies that are used)

Amazon.com,repparttar 102620 leading Internet bookstore and e-commerce giant, applied for a patent to cover it's affiliate program technologies on June 27th 1997.

It seems as though Amazon.com got there first before any one, and started offrepparttar 102621 affiliate craze. Unfortunately, they realized that their competitors would also employ similar affiliate tactics to increase sales. So they applied for a patent governing exclusive copyrights torepparttar 102622 technology that controls and operatesrepparttar 102623 affiliate software.

If enforced, it would mean that some companies would either have to apply for a license to continue using their affiliate programs, or would have to cease using them as a marketing method.

The bad news is they received their patent on Tuesday.

The big question now is "Will Amazon Enforce It?". Only time will giverepparttar 102624 answer. But if they do, this could mean a big, BIG change inrepparttar 102625 e-commerce world.

Work Those Affiliate Programs and Make Some Cash

Written by Merle

So you've joined your first affiliate/associate program and slapped that big old banner on your site. All you have to do now is sit back and wait forrepparttar bucks to come rolling in.

Not so fast there, Bucky. There's a lot more to making money with affiliate programs than that. If your best effort is going to be that banner, don't plan on retiring any day soon.

Just like everything else online, you'll get out of it what you put in. So if you want to make some serious cash with those programs you're joining, you need to promote them. There are a variety of methods you can use, but I'll discussrepparttar 102613 few that I know seem to workrepparttar 102614 best.

My first suggestion to you is to join only programs that relate torepparttar 102615 theme of your website. Make sure it's a "good fit" with your site and that it pays out a "healthy" commission. Getting paid $2.00 in commission may not be worthrepparttar 102616 work involved in promotingrepparttar 102617 program. Try weavingrepparttar 102618 URL's throughout your site or devoting a whole page to their topic. Don't just use banners; use alternatives like text links within your pages. Banners have become so saturated online that a lot of folks tend to ignore them, plusrepparttar 102619 extra weight they add to your pages makes them load slowly.

Most programs you join will give you a variety of ads to use in your promotion efforts, but for best results you really should be creative and write some of your own. All too often I seerepparttar 102620 same old ad repeated over and over online until I want to scream. A little creativity and stressingrepparttar 102621 benefits will take you a lot further than canned ads that 10,000 other programs are using.

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