One of the most popular ways to make money on the internet is with affiliate marketing. There are thousands of companies that offer you an affiliate marketing deal, like a partnership. You make money when you bring customers to their business and you are paid a percent of a sale. They may also pay you if someone fills out a form or other action like trying their product or services. The most common is when you receive a percent of a sale when someone buys their product through links and affiliate code you place on your web site.
These are a few of the most popular companies that offer affiliate programs you can join, Linkshare, Commission Junction, and Neverblue, but there are many more. Some are listed below. There are also many companies that run their own affiliate program that they offer directly on their site. They are harder to find but if you know of a company you like they may offer an affiliate deal. You will want to choose affiliate companies that make sense for your web site. What ever is the topic of your web site many companies have product and service offers your web site visitors will be interested in. If you make a web site about travel, affiliates that offer travel related products or luggage will make sense and interest your visitors.
Joining an affiliate is just the beginning. After you join and approved you will be able to post their links of text, images like banner style ads and product images on your web site. These links will have your unique code that identities you as the one that sent the visitor from your site to their site. If they buy something or do what is required for you to get a commission it will be recorded and you will be paid when you reach a certain level owed to you. Even if someone doesn't buy at that time but goes back to that web site you can receive your percent many days later. When you join they will tell you how many days later that a customer returns you are still eligible for the commission.
Affiliate marketing is a straight forward business arrangement with affiliate companies. You bring them business and you get a cut of the sale. The idea is to build your web site to gain visitors and offer affiliate deals your visitors would be interested in. The affiliates often have sales and special deals you can offer your visitors.
If you have a web site you will certainly want to join some affiliates to offer their products and make some money. Some do very well but the amount of effort you put into it helps build your web site traffic and more sales of products from the affiliates you join.
There are many companies that offer affiliate deals where you can join and start placing their links. Some will first look at your web site before approving you. They also require you to agree to their terms which are usually quite standard. Some don't allow certain ways to market their products such as not allowing e-mail campaigns. They may also not allow you to buy keywords with their brand names.