Hi! I'm Dane Carlson, and welcome to the Business Opportunities Weblog. I've been publishing this website, by myself, and sometimes with the help of others for over twelve years now. You'll notice two things about this site right away:

  • We have tons of content. In fact, since November 2011, I've published more than 26,000 posts on thousands of different business ideas and opportunities.
  • We don't sell much advertising. In late 2013, I realized that by selling advertising, what I was really selling was my readers. In 2014, I've already radically cut down on the number of ads and will hopefully keep cutting.

The History of Affiliate Programs: “Many history reports give Amazon.com credit for being the first to introduce an Affiliate Program for the purpose of increasing sales in July, 1996. According to them, Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, had a conversation at a cocktail party with a woman who owned a website and wanted to sell books about divorce on her site. Mr. Bezos allowed her to put a link to Amazon.com on her website and every time someone clicked on this link and bought a book, she would get a commission. On the Amazon.com Associates Program Frequently Asked Questions page on their website, this relationship was the creation of Affiliate Programs. They claim to be the “first on the Web” to launch an Affiliate Program. Now, however, with some deeper research, it’s believed that it was actually the adult website marketers who were the first to use this marketing strategy.”

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Originally posted by Dane Carlson on April 6, 2004 in Ideas.

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