In the 2000s, with increasing numbers of Internet users and the birth of iPhone, customers began searching products and making decisions about their needs online first, instead of consulting a salesperson, which created a new problem for the marketing department of a company. In addition, a survey in 2000 in the United Kingdom found that most retailers had not registered their own domain address. These problems encouraged marketers to find new ways to integrate digital technology into market development.
Now, most affiliate programs have strict terms and conditions on how to generate leads. There are also certain banned methods, such as installing adware or spyware that redirect all search queries for a product to an affiliate's page. Some affiliate marketing programs go as far as to lay out how a product or service is to be discussed in the content before an affiliate link can be validated.
Pago por acción. En cada tipo de estrategia publicitaria, el anunciante puede estar interesado en conseguir diferentes acciones. Por ejemplo en la venta de seguros, existen programas de afiliados en los que el anunciante comisiona si el afiliado consigue que un posible cliente realice una cotización de su seguro en el “tarificador” de la aseguradora.