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
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.
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.