Glossary of Common Adult Affiliate Terms

I understand: You could still be new or just starting as an Adult Affiliate. There are many people that are going to try to marginalize you or rip you off. I just wanna help you learn from my mistakes and help you make money. To help you learn more check out the commonly used terms below.

Advertiser: Also known as the merchant, an advertiser is the person who sells goods or services. The advertiser pays a commission to the affiliates for sending visitors or traffic to his website once a product or service gets purchased from his website.

Affiliate: An Affiliate is a person who earns commission for referring sales to an advertiser or merchant.

Affiliate Agreement: It is an agreement between the advertiser and an affiliate. The agreement includes the terms based on which the affiliates are rewarded a commission for sending visitors or traffic to the advertiser’s website.

Affiliate Link: This is a unique link that identifies an affiliate. With this URL tracking link, an advertiser get to know that the traffic has been sent by which affiliate site. An Affiliate link might look somewhat like this: Mostly the Affiliate Links are text links, product links, or image links.

Affiliate Manager: The person who is responsible for managing an affiliate program for a merchant. They manage affiliate recruitment and also act as liaison between the merchant and the affiliate. They also manage the affiliate program marketing and handles queries related to an affiliate program.

Affiliate Network: It is a third party which provides services to affiliates and affiliate merchants. Services provided include reporting tools, tracking technology, and payment processing.

Affiliate Program: It is a program in which an advertiser or merchant rewards an affiliate for sending web traffic, leads or sales on a pay-per-click, pay-per-lead, or pay-per-sale basis. It is also known as Associate Program, Referral, or Revenue sharing program.

Affiliate Program Directory: It is a comprehensive list of merchants’ affiliate programs. It is usually categorized by industry and includes commission rates or payout.

Affiliate Software: Software used to manage an affiliate program. It typically includes functions such as signing up of affiliates, managing links, tracking clicks, leads, and sales. It also handles activities related to paying affiliates.

Affiliate Tracking: It refers to the technology used for recording referred sales, clicks, and leads from affiliates.

Auto-Approve: It describes the affiliate application process wherein all applications are immediately accepted once they are submitted by the affiliate.

Banner Ad: It is an e-advertisement. It advertises a product, service, or website through an animated GIF, Flash Movie or JPEG.

Blogging Affiliates: These Affiliates use Blogs as a promotional method.

Click-Through: It describes an action wherein a user clicks a link and follows through to the merchant’s website.

Click-Through-Ratio: It is the percentage of visitors who click a link to visit the advertiser’s or merchant’s website.

Co-branding: It is a situation in which affiliates can include their own branding or logo on the pages where visitors are sent through affiliate links.

Commission: It is the income earned by an affiliate when he generates a click-through, lead, or sale through to a merchant’s website. It is also known as a referral’s fee.

Contextual Link: These are affiliate links, which are placed within the related text of the content.
Conversation Rate: It describes the percentage of clicks that produce a commissionable activity such as a lead or sale.

CPA (Cost per Action): Also referred as Cost per Acquisition. It is the amount of money paid to get a conversion such as a sale, lead or sign-up.

CPC (Cost per Click): It is the amount of money you pay to get a click by a user on your link. Suppose you spent $100 on an ad campaign and received 200 clicks for that campaign, then your CPC is 0.50 cents.

CPM (Cost per Thousand): It is the amount of money you to display an advertisement per 1000 times. For example, if a website offers their adverting at $5 CPM and you wish to show your ad 10,000 times, then you would require paying $50 for that advertising.

Direct Linking: It refers to when your affiliate links directly go to the landing page instead of a redirect.

EPC (Earnings per Click): EPC or Earnings per Click is the average amount of money earned by you when your affiliate link gets clicked. To get the EPC, you have to consider the amount that you have earned as commission from the affiliate link and have to divide this amount by the total number of clicks received by that affiliate link. So, for example, the affiliate link generated $5000 in sales and was clicked on for 10,000 times, then the EPC would be 50 cents. This means your average earnings through the affiliate link is 50 cents every time someone clicks the affiliate link.

First Click: It describes an affiliate program wherein the first affiliate who gets a user to click on a link is credited with the sale if the purchase happens within the limits of the cookie expiration, even when the user lands on another affiliate’s website and makes the purchase by clicking a link from its site.

GAN: Referred to as Google Affiliate Network or GAN. It is one of the major affiliate networks in North America. It was formerly known as DoubleClick Performics and is now rebranded to GAN after Google acquired it from DoubleClick in 2007-08.

Impression: It refers to the number of times a banner ad is viewed or displayed.

Landing Page: It is a webpage on which traffic referred by affiliate lands.

Manual Approval: It is the process of validating an affiliate application. After performing validation the affiliate applications are approved. It also refers to the process of approving sales once validation has been performed.

Multiple Tiers: It is typically a multiple tier affiliate program in which affiliates earn commission off other affiliates which they refer.

Merchant: It refers to a person who sells goods or services. A merchant pays a commission to the affiliates for sending in visitors’ traffic to his website once a product or service gets purchased from his website.

Pay-Per-Sale: It refers to an affiliate marketing program that rewards an affiliate for conversion to sale of product or service that happens from the merchant’s website.

Pay-Per-Lead: It is an affiliate marketing program that pays affiliates commission for conversion to leads. A lead is generated when a user signs up a form, downloads software, survey, or signup for a trial.

Super Affiliates: It refers to the highest performing affiliates. Usually 1% of affiliates are super affiliates but that 1% is responsible for 90% of your total sales.

ROAS (Return on Advertising Spending): It is a metric for measuring the revenue generated for every dollar spent on advertising.

Spam: Originally posting an ad to multiple newsgroups, now used to describe unsolicited email advertising. Named after a skit by Monty Python, spam is one marketing and advertising technique to avoid at all costs

 Unique Visitor: A unique visitor is someone with a unique address who is entering a Web site for the first time that day (or some other specified period). Thus, a visitor that returns within the same day is not counted twice. A unique visitors count tells you how many different people there are in your audience during the time period, but not how much they used the site during the period.

 View: A view is, depending on what’s meant, either an ad view or a page view. Usually an ad view is what’s meant. There can be multiple ad views per page views. View counting should consider that a small percentage of users choose to turn the graphics off (not display the images) in their browser.

Viral Marketing: It is a marketing technique that makes internet users and websites to spread the marketing message to other users or sites.

Visit: A visit is a Web user with a unique address entering a Web site at some page for the first time that day (or for the first time in a lesser time period). The number of visits is roughly equivalent to the number of different people that visit a site. This term is ambiguous unless the user defines