Affiliate Marketing is the term used to describe a form of online advertising which consists of rewarding an affiliate for referring a visitor or rewarding a customer for performing a desired action, such as making a purchase or subscribing to a newsletter. In a way, Affiliate Marketing can be regarded as free publicity for your page, a network of related websites directing customers to purchase from yours.
Affiliate campaigns have the best results when they are combined with Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Pay Per Click (PPC) campaigns, email marketing support and are well-suited for travel, retail, and service industries due to their timely research process/large-volume sales.
Effective Affiliate Marketing is not throwing a bunch of links at different website owners in the hopes that something will stick. It is a well-planned, specified effort intended to develop long-term relationships with third party websites, research industry-relevant websites with trusted pages and build up a valuable affiliate network for your website that will bring in quality, converted traffic.
In addition, successful Affiliate Marketing also involves certain business traits such as the ability to be flexible with commission values, especially during times when there is a slump in sales, because a higher commission will make affiliates work harder for you.