Launched and popularized by Amazon.com
in 1996, affiliation is a partnership that brings benefits for both the merchant (the entity that creates the affiliation program) and the affiliate (Webmaster). The merchant is a company that sells one or more products and that proposes Webmasters to promote its products and gain a commission in exchange of their services.
Join Affiliate Networks
These programs sign up merchants and then attract affiliate partners to promote those merchants. The networks take care of all of the registration, tracking, reporting and payment processing between the two parties in exchange for a monthly fee.
The affiliate networks remove all the hassle for both parties.
Studies show that nearly half of these networks count several thousands affiliates each. Even if the amount of sales is rather far from equal to those made by means of sponsored links or e-mailing, affiliate marketing allows merchants to extend the presence of their brands on the Web, targeting especially those sites that are in direct relationship with their target. This is actually a very efficient strategy to attract prospective customers to their Web sites.