Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 2012-04-13 10:12
The Amazon associate program is the grand-daddy of all affiliate programs. That program began in the late 1990's (?1998?) with the idea that individual website owners could place links to products being sold by amazon.com, and earn a sales commission. Today there are thousands of online stores with their own affiliate programs perhaps hoping to replicate Amazon's success that's in part due to finding a way to incentivize zillions of individual website owners to promote amazon.com as a place to buy stuff.