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.
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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.
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.