Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing Programs

Affiliate programs are the ideal way to make your web site profitable. There is such a huge range of web affiliate programs now available, that there is almost certainly something here that will suit you and your site. Check out our web affiliate resources section for the best information on affiliate events and how to set up your own affiliate program or tools to help affiliates. See our new affiliate program blog for affiliate program news and comments.

What Are Affiliate Programs?

Simply put, affiliate programs, also called associate programs , are arrangements in which an online merchant Web site pays affiliate Web sites a commission to send them traffic. These affiliate Web sites post links to the merchant site and are paid according to a particular agreement. This agreement is usually based on the number of people the affiliate sends to the merchant’s site, or the number of people they send who buy something or perform some other action. Some arrangements pay according to the number of people who visit the page containing their merchant site’s banner advertisement. Basically, if a link on an affiliate site brings the merchant site traffic or money, the merchant site pays the affiliate site according to their agreement. Recruiting affiliates is an excellent way to sell products online, but it can also be a cheap and effective marketing strategy; it’s a good way to get the word out about your site.