An affiliate network is a platform that connects merchants with affiliate partners. It acts as a middleman between the two parties, providing a secure and easy way to manage tracking and payments. Affiliate networks provide merchants with the insight and tools to measure performance, monitor affiliates, and maximize profits. They also provide affiliates with the ability to find new products and services to promote, as well as access to exclusive deals and offers.For example, let’s say a merchant is selling a product online. They could join an affiliate network and recruit affiliates to promote their product. The affiliates would then use the affiliate network’s tracking software to track the sales they generate. The affiliate network would then provide the merchant with detailed performance reports and provide the affiliates with their commissions. The affiliate network would also handle all payments between the merchant and the affiliates.