Rakuten Affiliate Network (LinkShare) is one of the most popular affiliate networks around, and they give you the chance to promote some top brands. While they may outdo Clickbank on the brands you can promote, signing up for Rakuten Affiliate Network is a more complicated process and you have to apply to every advertiser you wish to promote; it’s not certain they will accept you. In addition, the commission rates are not quite as high.
Mechanical Turk is Amazon's take on micro-jobs. These are small miniscule-jobs that you can do for other people, which they call HITs, or Human Intelligence Tasks. These are super simple tasks that anyone can do. Some examples are listing off some URLs with certain kinds of images for one cent, or recording a few phrases with a microphone for 6 cents.
In April 2008 the State of New York inserted an item in the state budget asserting sales tax jurisdiction over Amazon.com sales to residents of New York, based on the existence of affiliate links from New York–based websites to Amazon. The state asserts that even one such affiliate constitutes Amazon having a business presence in the state, and is sufficient to allow New York to tax all Amazon sales to state residents. Amazon challenged the amendment and lost at the trial level in January 2009. The case is currently making its way through the New York appeals courts.