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Affiliate

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The affiliate business model involves an individual or business marketing the products or services produced by someone else in return for a commission on their sales. Wikipedia has an interesting article on affiliate marketing.

Many software vendors operate affiliate marketing schemes, eg online backup vendors Mozy and Carbonite. Amazon also operates an extensive affiliate program, allowing website owners to earn commission for referrals on books and other products.

There are a number of affiliate portals, such as Clickbank, Commission Junction and Kolimbo which exist to create links between vendors and potential affiliates.

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