An affiliate — is someone who promotes a product or service to potential customers, in exchange for a commission on the sale when one occurs.
The affiliate most times, but not always, is a web site owner that promotes one or more products for one or merchants and their affiliate programs.
let’s say James is likes gardening. He buys a great ebook through ClickBank about growing bigger roses, and wants to recommend it to others. He signs up for a free account with ClickBank, then finds the ebook about roses in the ClickBank Marketplace and creates a customized HopLink. He posts this HopLink in places where he thinks people would be interested in the ebook, such as a gardening forum where he normally communicates with the members, his gardening blog, his FaceBook profile, even in an email to some of his gardener friends. Can you see the endless possibilities?
Here’s what happens if someone clicks on his HopLink to learn more about the ebook and ends up purchasing it,
James gets a generous commission on the sale – sometimes as much as 75%, depending on the product & the merchant!
Being an affiliate with most companies is completely free, and usually takes only minutes to sign up.
The best part is that James can promote as many products as he wants, with no limitations.
James also found an ebook about how to attract hummingbirds to your garden, and eventually starts promoting products for other topics he’s interested in.
Therefore, James can spend his time finding and promoting great products (as well as gardening, of course).
The affiliate has an obligation to represent the merchandise their user based would be most interested in.
For instance, if the site has a user base primarily of affiliate marketing, then making money while staying at home, or something on email marketing would be a better match for them.
Their visitors would likewise appreciate direct links to search engine optimization, and building a list using social networks products and informational sites.
Many merchandisers frequently provide aimed, best-seller details and personal support to their affiliates.
They oftentimes offer sales event promotions that will benefit the merchandiser as well as the affiliate.
Summary — an affiliate is an expectant situation for both the marketer and the affiliate to promote products or service to potential customers, in exchange for a commission on the sale when one occurs; plus the reality that it appears to make good sense, it’s easy and affordable way to begin, and you can be up and operating within a few days.