An Affiliate Network is a specific type of advertising platform with a pay-for-performance model. Affiliate Networks include CPA Networks as well. All share very similar traits, in that they partner Advertisers (Merchants) with Publishers (Affiliates). Advertisers pay publishers when a specific action is completed, i.e. a sale or a lead. Payments are usually a flat rate, a percentage of sale, or a blended model. Check out our Top Advertising Networks list for PPC, CMP, and PPV style advertising platforms.