What is affiliate marketing?

At its core, affiliate marketing is an online referral program where merchants pay commissions to publishers on sales generated by customers they’ve referred. The merchant can be an online retailer like Shoreikan, or a service provider. Individuals and companies referring the traffic are called publishers, or affiliates, who publish content on the web promoting the merchant’s offerings. Customers are the people that click on the promoted content and make a purchase or complete a specified action. Payment is typically in the form of commission, but sometimes merchants offer a flat rate for a specific action, or a bonus for a type of visitor. EPN offers both commissions and bonuses.


How do affiliates earn money?

Affiliates can be compensated in many ways from commissions on the sale of goods and flat fees paid for the completion of a form, to bonuses paid on the types of visitors you send. Each partnership is different in terms of payout structure and rates.

It’s as simple as Find, Share, and Earn

  1. Find what you want to promote – a product, a great deal, etc. – and create a trackable link
  2. Share it on your website, blog, or social media post
  3. Earn a percentage of the revenue when the traffic you drive results in the sale. 

What is an affiliate network?

An affiliate network is the platform that serves as an intermediary between an affiliate and a merchant. Some merchants work with third-party networks, while others, like eBay, operate their network in-house.  We provide our partners with the resources needed to be successful – including tracking, reporting and payment.

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