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what is affiliate marketing

what is affiliate marketing:  Affiliate marketing is one of the world’s multi-trillion dollar industries, which work on the policy of revenue sharing. Looking at the on-going internet trends, it has now become easy to work from home and earn money online,quite conveniently than it was a decade ago. If you own a site and a domain in your name, and know the strategy to drive traffic to your site – be ready to earn thousands of dollars within months! Affiliate program is a marketing technique through which merchants promote their product or services on relevant web pages and when you help in promoting the same, you get paid through commissions!Here is a list of top most revenue generating affiliate programs:

Google Adsense

This is the biggest and the highest paying affiliate program that is run by the search engine Google. The best thing about Google Adsense program is that if your content is absolutely unique and you constantly get traffic of about 100 or above, you can get approved to be a part of their program. However, it’s very strict about the ‘uniqueness criteria’ and you get payments only after a threshold value of at least $100.


The very popular eCommerce website provides one of the oldest affiliate programs. The Amazon associates affiliate program is unique in the fact that it is more user-friendly and probably the easiest way through which you can earn money online. Since, Amazon is a seller of a wide variety of products; you can almost add anything and everything that is relevant to your website or blog page. However, with Amazon, you need to wait too long for your payments to get released (about after 2 months of sale).


Linkshare is best when you need greater flexibility of ads, especially for ‘deep linking’ strategy where you want to specifically put redirection for a particular merchant site. However, this program has a very small network and you may also get delayed or erratic payments that are widely unpredictable.



Very much similar to Amazon, ebay partner networks one of the best revenue generating affiliate program because of its extravaganza and frequent seasonal discounts and diversity in range of products that instantly attracts people of all kinds. Since, the payment method is via Paypal, the transactions are very smooth. The cons about this program are- very unpredictable earnings and delayed approval due to heavy traffic. Getting accepted by ebay is almost next to impossible!



In India, Flipkart serves as one of the best affiliate programs to make money online. You can place pre-defined sized banners anywhere throughout your site. Once these user defined banners are clicked by visitors on your site, you earn commissions from Flipkart. These commissions can go as high as upto 15% and itturns out to be more when someone not only clicks the ads but also directly buys the product upon your recommendation, through your web page.



This one is very much alike the Flipkart affiliate program, the only difference being a its comparatively lesser commission.


Matrimonial Affiliate Programs in India

Shaadi.com, BharatMatrimony.com and JeevanSaathi.com are some of the popular matrimonial affiliate programs in India. While Shaadi.com can generate commissions of a cent per cent, the other two pays you per click and upon registration.


Tour and Travel affiliate programs in India

Makemytrip.com, TripAdvisor.com, Yatra.com and Expedia.com also has their own affiliate programs. These programs are best suitable for a travel based blog or website. Trip Advisor can generate commission of a whopping 50%.