PLEASE correct me if I am wrong, but most people who start affiliate website have the goal of earning a monthly revenue stream from it, not getting venture funding to go IPO - or anything in between like being aquired (not saying it does not happen).
I just recently opened a drop shipping site and it has been pretty easy to work with the company that supplies my products. Most of them will be happy to give you photos/text to add to your pages. They will also give you target prices. The biggest step I think is to get the site out there to get it going. I am now in the process of actually generating sales. I have had alot of hits but not a valid sale. You can sticky mail me if you need some more help. I have just started to learn just like many others on this board.