In simple terms, affiliate marketing is where you refer visitors from your website to a merchant's website. A merchant is any individual or company that sells products or services online. Wal-Mart, Home Depot, eBay, and Yahoo are all examples of merchants with affiliate programs. These companies pay their affiliates to promote their products and services online. Merchants with affiliate programs range in size from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
You earn commissions when the visitors you refer complete some type of action on a merchant's website. For example, you may earn a commission if the visitor you refer makes a purchase, completes a lead form, or downloads some software.
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