Rakuten Linkshare

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Rakuten LinkShare Corporation
Type Private
Industry Online Marketing Services
Founded New York, New York (1996)
Headquarters New York, New York
Key people Yaz Iida, (President, CEO)
Products Affiliate marketing
Lead generation
Search Marketing (SEM)
Website LinkShare.com

Rakuten LinkShare Corporation provides ecommerce businesses with a range of online marketing services including Affiliate Marketing, Lead Generation, and Search Marketing (SEM).

The Rakuten LinkShare network is touted by the company as the largest pay for performance affiliate marketing network on the Internet.[1]

Rakuten LinkShare clients include companies doing business online, such as J.C. Penney, 1-800-Flowers.com, American Express, Avon Products and others.


The Rakuten LinkShare Corporation (Rakuten LinkShare) was founded in 1996 by Stephen Messer and Heidi Messer and is headquartered in New York City, with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Tampa, Tokyo and London, UK.


Rakuten LinkShare Corporation is the wholly owned U.S. division of Rakuten, Inc., a Japanese shopping portal.[2] Rakuten acquired LinkShare in 2005 for $425 Million in cash.[3]


Rakuten LinkShare offers a number of services to online merchants. The primary services are:

  • Rakuten LinkShare Affiliate Marketing Network - Affiliate Program Management and Tracking platform
  • Rakuten LinkShare Lead Advantage, Lead Generation
  • Rakuten LinkShare Search Advantage, which includes Paid Placement, Paid Inclusion and Search Affiliate Management Services
  • Rakuten LinkShare MediaTracker, which provides tracking and reporting beyond affiliate marketing, including email campaigns and display advertising campaigns

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Derek Vaughan (July 12, 2005),Make Money From Your Content Site, Sitepoint.com, retrieved August 12, 2007
  2. ^ Top Japanese Shopping Portals - Alexa Ranking
  3. ^ Bloomberg (September 6, 2005),Rakuten Agrees to Acquire LinkShare for $425 Million, Bloomberg.com, retrieved August 12, 2007

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