An affiliate network is a middleman between affiliates and companies. Networks handle the dashboard and tracking data so that companies can see the performance of their affiliates. Affiliates are paid by the network, rather than directly by the company. This is beneficial for companies because they don’t have to establish a department dedicated to affiliate marketing. It’s also great for affiliates themselves because networks make it easy for affiliates to join more than one program. It’s much easier to use the same account, same dashboards, and same support team rather than sign up for multiple new programs.