I often get asked the question what Affiliate Marketing is when I send proposals to potential clients.
In its simplest form, affiliate marketing is commission based marketing. From the perspective of the seller, it is creating a program to pay commissions to those that market your products and services for you. From the perspective of the marketer, it is marketing a product or service and making a commission for each sale.
There are numerous services out there that manage affiliate marketing programs to ensure everyone involved is treated fairly: Google Affiliate Network, Commission Junction, AvantLink, LinkConnector, etc.
Nearly everyone with a website can benefit from participation in affiliate marketing programs. It is a simple, easy and effective way for websites with great content such as magazines sites and blogs to make money. It is also a great way for small businesses to market their products and services because there is no cost unless sales are made.