Affiliate programs are number one most popular way to market on Internet. There are thousands of affiliate and reseller programs covering everything from books to baseball bats.
I make a better bat, you put my banner on your site, and if someone buys a bat after coming through your link, I pay you 25 percent of selling price. Killer idea, right?
That one sale won't be enough money to pay mortgage or even enough to take your kid to movies. And to make matters worse, how many of your site's visitors are going to buy my bat?
Once you get past first blush of affiliate programs, sparkle starts to fade. You quickly see if you make any money at all, it's going to be mere pocket change.
This is one of reasons affiliate programs have started getting a bad name. Small site owners feel they can't make serious money with them and affiliate program owners can't get members motivated to push program.
STOP FOOLING AROUND.
I don't mean to insult anyone. But let me force you and myself to face a cold fact. Putting an affiliate banner at bottom of your web page--crammed in there with four or five other affiliate banners--isn't going to sell anything.
Lots of sites approach affiliate problem by making themselves a one-stop-shop for loads of links to other sites. This doesn't work very well either. People come to Web to find sites that SPECIALIZE in something particular. They rarely buy from a site trying to be a jack of all trades.
Get yourself a web site that specializes in one particular subject. The narrower better. If I'm hunting all over Net for a site that tells me how to get heavy metal distortion from my little guitar amp, I jump for joy when I find your site telling me how to do it.
You could have a photo of you holding your Eric Claption guitart and leaning against your amp. You could have articles by you and other experts that tell step-by-step how to get same sonic crunch all my favorite bands use.
And incidentally, you could feature related products sold by GuitarCity (affiliate program) and more in-depth personal lessons from LearnGuitar (affiliate program).
What did you just do here? Realizing you don't have a weird uncle living in basement who invents hot new product everyone wants, and knowing you don't currently provide a service lots of businesses need, you built a fine site around one or two products someone else makes.