Rakuten Marketing

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Rakuten Marketing
IndustryInternet marketing
FoundedNew York, New York (1996)
HeadquartersNew York, New York
Key people
Yaz Iida, (President, CEO)
ProductsAffiliate marketing

Rakuten Marketing is an affiliate marketing service provider. The company, in 2005, claimed it was the largest pay-for-performance affiliate marketing network on the Internet.[1]

LinkShare was founded in 1996 by Stephen Messer and Heidi Messer. The company is headquartered in New York City, with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Tampa, Tokyo and London. In 2005, Rakuten acquired LinkShare for US$425 million in cash,[2] making LinkShare a wholly owned U.S. division of Rakuten, Inc., a Japanese shopping portal.[3]

Rakuten LinkShare was re-branded to Rakuten Affiliate Network in 2014.


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

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