While terms and conditions of each affiliate program may vary from advertiser to advertiser, here is a common feature:
You display ads on your blog/website/social media account but not allowed to push sales one-on-one through these ads as in the case of Amazon. For instance you own a website MySite.com. If your friend intends to purchase a product from Amazon.in, you cannot invite him to your home, open your website, click Amazon ad placed there before the friend start placing order on. Amazon had a referral program for the same which is now discontinued.
As per Amazon’s Associates Program Participation Requirements: You will not purchase any Product(s) through Special Links for use by you or for resale or commercial use of any kind. Similarly, you will not request or encourage any of your friends, relatives, or associates to purchase any Product(s) through Special Links for use by you or them or for resale or commercial use of any kind. Further, you will not offer any Products on your site for resale or commercial use of any kind.
If Amazon comes to know that it is through your IP address purchase made (which can happen if say you operate an Internet Cafe), they will not allow incentive. In other words, you are not allowed direct selling. This restricts the scope. As per GoDaddy affiliate program on CJ, “Just place one of our banners or links where your visitors, customers and
Suppose I introduce Amazon Associates to one of my clients. There is no way to earn through this move. Now, welcome to the world of SFI where you are given credit for introducing that will last up to 12 levels. As an SFI member Ben N points out, “SFI is a Hybrid of MLM & Affiliate Marketing. On the one hand the more people we recruit as affiliates, and train them to duplicate our efforts, the further we progress up the different levels of achievement and income levels, ditto MLM. The affiliate side of things is referring people to our TripleClicks store, and if a sale of a product occurs as a result of our referral, we get paid a commission for that sale. So on the one hand we’re sponsoring new recruits, and train them to duplicate our business building efforts with the goal of achieving long term “residual income,” ditto MLM. At the same time, we’re also referring others to buy products from our TripleClicks store, and hopefully they will purchase products on a regular basis, thus we’ll continue to earn more and more commissions. So as you can see how the two have been married, grafted into a hybrid business opportunity.”