Getting involved in an affiliate marketing program is a terrific way to make extra income while publicizing your website and learning the basics of e-commerce at the same time; and the more people you can get to your website, the bigger income you are likely to see from your affiliate marketing efforts.

An affiliate marketing program is where a company pays others to market their products by referring traffic to their site. Sometimes a commission is paid when a purchase is made, simply for a click through from your site or even page views from visitors who have come from your website.

Even if the visitors you direct to the merchant’s site don’t make a purchase right away, most of these programs have a cookie duration of somewhere between one and there months. This means that as long as the visitor still has that cookie in their cache when they make a purchase, you will be paid a commission for that sale.

The biggest part of maintaining your affiliate marketing focused website will be looking into and signing up for affiliate programs with different companies. There is a lot of money to be made in affiliate marketing; as long as you opt for the right programs to sign up with.

You may not be thrilled with the thought of ad banners from other companies on your website. If you have too many different links and banners on a single page, it can annoy visitors and cause them to move on to another site; this is particularly true of animated advertisements.

Affiliate tracking is another thing to think about. After you have signed up with an affiliate program, they will generally give you a link or code to track your commissions – you need to make sure to properly integrate this code into your page to make sure that you actually are getting credit for the visitors and sales you have referred.

The code is mostly a unique user ID, which will identify visitors to the merchant’s site which have come there from your website. This code will ensure that you will receive the commissions which are due to you for your work in affiliate marketing their product or service.