It is a term that often is used to describe a relationship between a company and individual. The individual often refers products and services that the company offers.
The merchant is the company supplying the goods or providing the service.
The affiliate is basically the salesperson. The one who is the direct link between the company and the customer.
How to start
If you want to get into affiliate marketing there are many programs that will make it very easy for you.
You may of heard of programs like commission junction. It is where merchants register, and affiliates join to promote the merchants goods.
The first thing to do before choosing and products is to decide how and where you are going to sell them.
Here is what I advise
Get yourself a website. Plan it with the products or services you will be selling in mind.
You must spend time planning your marketing campaign. Making sure you are able to generate quality traffic.
Your marketing campaign will involve:
Lots of research into your chosen niche as well as keywords.
SEO - search engine optimization. Both on site and off site.
How much can you make?
You will get paid commission. So if you don't sell, you don't get paid.
the importance of your marketing campaign is huge, it will impact the amount of money you will make.
When your site and marketing campaign is launched. All you need to do next is paste your affiliate code on your site. Then you are all set to go.