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.
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.
AmazonAssociates (France: ClubPartenairesAmazon) est un des réseaux d’affiliation en marketing les plus utilisés sur internet. Amazon a des milliers d’éditeurs (Amazon les nomme les partenaires) qui font la promotion des produits trouvés sur tous les sites internet d’Amazon Inc. En fait, on dit que beaucoup du succès d’Amazon Inc est dû à son excellent programme d’affiliation. Pourquoi le programme d’Amazon est-il si populaire? Car il est très accessible et facile à utiliser.