An affiliate is an individual or company which sends potential customers to a product, or someone who receives a commission on a sale.
In general, you have to sign up to become an affiliate of a particular vendor, product, or service. Once approved, you’re given special tracking links that, when clicked, indicate a customer has come to the product website through your link. Should they then purchase the product (or in some cases, any product), you’re given a percentage of the sale. Percentages range from 5% to 50% or more, depending on the product and affiliate program.
Naturally, affiliate programs are meant as an incentive to promote a particular product or sales venues.
For the record, while Ask Leo! does indeed use affiliate links when available, the availability or characteristics of an affiliate program for a specific product does not affect whether that product is mentioned or recommended. More on the topic specific to Ask Leo! here: Product Reviews, Recommendations and Affiliate Links Disclosure.
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Affiliation or affiliate may refer to:
- Affiliate (commerce), a legal form of entity relationship used in Business Law
- Affiliation (family law), a legal form of family relationship
- Affiliate marketing
- Affiliate network or affiliation platform, a website connecting advertisers and affiliates
- Affiliated trade union, in British politics, a trade union that has an affiliation to the British Labour Party
- Network affiliate, a relationship between broadcasting companies
- Need for affiliation, a person's need to feel a sense of involvement and "belonging" within a social group
- Political party affiliation
- Religious affiliation, see List of religions and spiritual traditions
- Social affiliation, see Tend and befriend
- Affiliated trade union
- Affiliated school
- Affiliated operator, in math
- Affiliated institution, similar to a consortium or trade association
- AffiliationQuebec a registered political party in Quebec
- Affiliating university
- Affiliated (album), 2006 rap album by MC Eiht
- "Affiliated", song by Bhad Bhabie from the 2018 mixtape 15