43+ of the Best Blogging Affiliate Programs to Explode Your Income.
Here it is.
This post contains the ultimate list of the top affiliate programs for bloggers in the blogging niche.
Regardless if you're a beginner affiliate marketer or a seasoned pro, you'll be able to use these high-paying affiliate programs to boost your income.
I've decided against discussing generic affiliate platforms here (like LinkShare, Commission Junction, Amazon Associates, ClickBank or ShareASale), as there are more than enough blog posts out there covering these, and, I wanted to give you specific affiliate programs instead of wasting your time with a generic list that you'd need to go off and spend time researching anyway.
I've done all the legwork for you.
So what else does this list offer you apart from saving a considerable amount of your time? Here are a few more things:
- Perhaps you're only looking for the highest-paying affiliate programs? You're in luck. The lowest commission percentage on this list is 20%, while the majority are in the 30-50% range (one is 55%!) which truly makes these some of the best affiliate programs to make money.
- Maybe you're only interested in the programs that offer recurring commissions? Or better yet, second-tier commissions? Yep, got you covered again. You can check out the recurring and second-tier commission summaries here.
- Or, perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself, and what you're really looking for are the best affiliate marketing programs for beginners? Not a problem.
My advice? Bookmark this post and keep it as your go-to list of affiliate programs. I'll be updating it regularly (it's always good to have a fresh list of the best affiliate programs for Pinterest, email marketing, or your blog's content), so it's worthwhile popping back every so often to what else I've added.
Before jumping into the complete list, it's worth remembering that each affiliate program will have specific terms and conditions about where and how you can promote their products and services. Give yourself as much of a chance of success as possible by sticking to their rules, as you don't want your account getting shut down when you're just getting started, or worse when you're already making money!
(Don't worry though. You'll find that it's pretty easy to stick to the terms and conditions - you just need to be aware of what they are first).
You'll find some quick links to the various affiliate program categories below, and I've added summaries of the highest-paying programs on this list, including the best recurring affiliate programs, and programs that offer one-off and second-tier commissions too.
Affiliate Program Categories:
Which of these affiliate programs pays the most?
The affiliate program that will pay the most will be the one that you're prepared to invest the most time and energy into promoting (because you genuinely believe in what the company is selling), and the program that offers a product or service that resonates with your audience and helps solve their problems.
I can't point out a specific program for you as it will be different for every affiliate marketer, and I'd caution against automatically going for the highest-paying program, as the chances are the product or service might not be the right fit for you or your audience.
However, on a like-for-like basis, the following are likely to be the best affiliate programs to make money given the commission available and the value of the product or service:
Create and Go - High commissions (40%), premium products ($197 - $647), and tried and tested products which have received many positive reviews.
WP Engine - If you're going to promote a hosting provider, WP Engine hands-down offers the highest commissions ($200 per new customer or 100% of the customer’s first monthly payment - whichever is higher). It is a premium-priced service, however, so it'll likely be a harder sell than other cheaper hosting providers.
ClickFunnels - Earn 40% recurring commission, plus 5% second-tier commission from each sale that your referred affiliates make. They also have an affiliate offer where they'll pay for your car (yes, really) when you reach a certain number of sales.
ThemeIsle - Their affiliate program offers the highest commission percentage available on this list (55%). With pricing from $89 to $599, their scheme has the potential to be very well-paying.
GetResponse - The majority of email service providers offer recurring commissions, meaning they can pay very well over the duration that a referral remains a customer. GetResponse provides the highest commission percentage of all the companies in this category at 33%.
SEMRush - Their marketing toolkit is a premium product that offers recurring commissions. Affiliates are entitled to 40% of all sales, and with pricing ranging from $99.95 to $399.95, this program could be a good earner for you.
Instapage - They offer 50% of a customer’s first payment, plus a 30% lifetime share of all revenue. The basic plan starts at $79/month.
Which of these affiliate programs offers one-off commissions?
The following affiliate schemes will pay you a one-off commission when a referral purchases their product or service.
Click to navigate to a particular affiliate program summary from the list below:
Which of these affiliate programs offers recurring commissions?
The table below includes some of the best recurring affiliate programs that will continue to pay you commission (for example monthly or yearly) for however long your referral remains a customer:
|Leadpages||Long Tail Pro||MailerLite|
|Thrive Themes||TubeBuddy||Wealthy Affiliate|
Which of these affiliate programs offers second-tier commissions?
The following affiliate programs will pay you a commission for each of the sales made by the affiliates you refer.
Click to navigate to a particular affiliate program summary from the list below:
|ClickFunnels||Long Tail Pro||MemberPress|
|Ultimate Bundles||WP Engine|
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Online courses can be a great thing to promote as an affiliate marketer. There are loads available spread across a wide variety of topics, and like the ones I've listed below, they often come with a premium price tag and offer attractive affiliate commissions.
Online courses tend to have a large number of reviews spread across the provider's website, social media, and other blogs too, meaning you can be confident when you purchase them to test out before promoting them to your audience.
Even better? In the blogging niche, you're ideally situated to promote services like Teachable which your audience can use to create their own online courses. Teachable offers recurring payouts meaning you don't need to make new sales each month to keep making a commission (provided each referral remains a customer), and in my opinion, this makes it one of the best affiliate programs for Pinterest, email marketing or review articles as you get serious bang for your buck.
Here are four of the best affiliate programs to make money with in this category:
It isn't a coincidence that Create and Go appears first on this list.
In my opinion (and experience!), they provide the perfect mix of super high-quality products with excellent commissions that makes them one of the go-to affiliate marketing programs for beginners and advanced affiliate marketers alike.
Create and Go offer the following courses (you need to have purchased at least one to become an affiliate, but it's well worth it):
|Launch Your Blog||Covers how to build and launch a WordPress blog in less than one month.|
|Make Money Blogging for Beginners||A step-by-step guide on how to get started with turning your blog into a money-making machine!|
|Six Figure Blogger||The complete formula on how to earn six-figures from your blog.|
|Pinterest Traffic Avalanche||The complete guide to getting 10,000 to 100,000+ free monthly visitors to your blog.|
|Blog Monetization Bundle||Includes both the ‘Make Money Blogging for Beginners’ and ‘Six-Figure Blogger’ courses.|
|Pro Blogger Bundle||The Ultimate course bundle (includes Create and Go’s 4 best-selling courses) on how to start your blog and start making six-figures plus from it.|
Ultimate Bundles sources the best eBooks and eCourses and bundles them together into awesome, hard-to-say-no-to offers that are only available during specific periods. The sense of scarcity brought about by the limited-time offers, coupled with the quality of the products offered at steep discounts causes them to convert like crazy!
The bundles are available throughout the year across a wide variety of topics, including blogging, photography, homemaking, healthy living, recipes, and many, many more.
Ultimate Bundles is a must in the affiliate marketing arsenal of nearly every blogger!
Teachable is an online course creation platform that lets bloggers and entrepreneurs create and sell eCourses to their audiences.
To-date, Teachable has had over 4 million students worldwide and has brought in over $100m in revenue for its collaborators.
Recommended: Read my full review of Teachable.
Superstar Blogging is run by Matthew Kepnes, better known as Nomadic Matt of budget travel expert, blogger, and New York Times best-selling author fame.
Each year, Matthew helps millions of people achieve their dreams and travel on a budget, and Superstar Blogging is another outlet for him to help his audience by providing courses on everything that's required to become a travel blogger, including the business aspects of running a travel blog, how to write engaging travel-related content, and how to take awesome travel photography and film.
In my opinion, recommending hosting packages is a no-brainer from an affiliate perspective.
If someone wants to start a self-hosted WordPress blog, they're going to need hosting, so why wouldn't you promote a hosting provider that you use and recommend? Also, if you refer someone who ultimately buys a hosting package based on your recommendation, you're capturing their attention and trust at the very start of their blogging journey. This foundation of trust puts you in an excellent position to offer other products and services that will continue to help them as they grow and develop as a blogger. Win-win as far as I'm concerned.
Need another benefit? Hosting providers offer some of the highest commissions available, so promoting them can be an excellent way to boost your affiliate earnings while you build loyalty with your audience. Do you see now why they're the ideal type of affiliate marketing programs for beginners and more advanced marketers alike?
WP Engine isn't known for being cheap. In fact, it's easily one of the most expensive hosting platforms available.
While this is clearly good from a commission perspective, it could put a lot of potential customers off when cheaper hosting is available from companies like Siteground or Bluehost.
They do, however, offer extremely generous affiliate terms that should more than make up for the additional effort required to promote the platform.
Siteground is a firm favorite among bloggers, and it's the hosting platform I use to host this website.
They're well-known for offering speedy hosting solutions, both in terms of the speed that blog visitors can enjoy, and also how quick it is to install WordPress using their 1-click installer.
They also throw in extra security features like free SSL certificates and are renowned for having second-to-none customer service and support.
Each of these factors helps to make Siteground a no-brainer for every affiliate marketer.
Bluehost is a popular alternative to Siteground when it comes to WordPress hosting, and they offer many of the same features and very similar pricing to their competitor.
Bluehost hosts more than two million websites worldwide, so they're a tried and trusted platform that you can be confident promoting.
Like WP Engine, Kinsta is another premium WordPress hosting option.
They boast a large number of big-name companies that use their hosting platform, including Ubisoft, Intuit, Trip Advisor and GE.
Host Gator is a budget hosting option that competes directly with Siteground and Bluehost. It offers similar features but manages to undercut the cost of its direct competitors' hosting plans, which should help convert referrals who are looking for a hosting provider that offers as low a price as possible, without sacrificing essential features and functionality.
Like hosting platforms, WordPress theme providers should be a permanent fixture on the list of affiliate marketing programs for beginners and for seasoned pros who regularly write about blogging.
Let's consider the initial transaction only for now. You'll benefit from capturing a referral's trust and attention as early as possible (as I mentioned above), setting you up nicely to develop long-term, profitable relationships with key buying members of your audience.
Also, many of the theme providers below offer recurring commissions, giving a high lifetime value to any of your referrals that convert to customers. This is awesome because themes tend to be a one-off purchase leading to lower conversion rates versus other product types, e.g., plugins which bloggers usually have loads of.
Trust me, you'll appreciate this most when a new month comes, and you don't have to replace a portion of last month's commission with that awarded from referring a brand new customer (as long as they remain a customer, that is).
Here are six of the best affiliate programs to make money with in this category:
Elegant Themes' Divi platform has been used to create more than 500,000 WordPress websites, and this figure continues to grow rapidly.
The Elegant Themes affiliate program pays out over $3,000,000 every year, so clearly it's a lucrative option that a lot of affiliate marketers already take advantage of.
ThemeIsle sells a variety of different WordPress themes and plugins. Its CEO, Ionut, is an experienced affiliate marketer, so you can be sure that the ThemeIsle affiliate program has been designed to be as profitable as possible for you (they offer the highest commission percentage on this list, for example, at 55%).
Thrive Themes' products are hugely popular among bloggers, with their Thrive Architect platform (a drag-and-drop editor for WordPress), and Thrive Leads (their opt-in form plugin), both having received excellent reviews.
The Thrive Themes affiliate program provides a wide range of banner ads and awesome affiliate marketing training resources to help you make as many sales as possible.
StudioPress design, build and sell WordPress themes which combine their years of experience in SEO, design, performance, security, reliability, and support.
They have more than 200,000 customers worldwide, and their Genesis Framework powers more than 500,000 WordPress sites.
Over 250,000 people use an aTheme-designed theme for their WordPress site, making them thoroughly tried and tested as a theme provider.
While some of the other companies in this section focus on providing both themes and plugins for WordPress users, aThemes offers a selection of 32 free and premium themes only and no plugins.
CSSIgniter is another provider of WordPress themes and plugins, and its products are used by over 80,000 people worldwide.
Unlike the products offered by WordPress hosting and theme providers, plugins usually sit at a much lower price point, and the commission levels are often lower too.
Don't let that put you off just yet, though, as this is offset by the fact that most WordPress users use a lot of plugins, meaning there's an excellent opportunity to keep making sales once your audiences' blogs are up-and-running (the same can't usually be said for hosting packages/themes).
Plugins are available for pretty much every function imaginable, from contact forms to galleries, so you can probably offer a solution to a problem that much of your audience didn't realize was available.
Here are seven of the top plugin programs that you can make money affiliate marketing with:
Envira Gallery is a WordPress plugin that allows you to add photo and video galleries to your blog quickly and easily. It's been downloaded over 320,000 times and has an affiliate program which is run through the ShareASale platform.
OptinMonster is a plugin that allows users to create visually-appealing opt-in forms to capture visitors' email addresses using a simple, yet powerful, drag-and-drop builder.
It features many of the most popular types of opt-in forms, including lightboxes, sidebar forms and floating bars that users can choose to trigger in a wide variety of ways, and it is one of the more widely-known opt-in form providers.
WPForms is the first of a couple of contact form plugins on this list, and it allows WordPress users to create contact forms for their blogs easily using a simple drag-and-drop builder.
Gravity Forms is the second contact form plugin on this list, and like WPForms, allows users to create advanced contact forms for their WordPress blogs.
CSS Hero sells a plugin which allows WordPress users to easily customize the look of their size, with a simple and intuitive point-and-click interface. It makes modifying the look of a WordPress theme super-quick and easy.
MemberPress is a plugin that allows WordPress users to turn their blogs into membership sites where they can accept credit card payments, control who sees what content and provides functionality to sell digital downloads.
MonsterInsights is a plugin which allows users to connect their WordPress sites to Google Analytics, allowing them to make smarter decisions based on actual stats and data. The MonsterInsights plugin is used on more than 2 million WordPress sites worldwide.
99% of bloggers and affiliate marketers know that the money is in the list, so they usually won't begrudge spending some money on an email service provider (ESP) that helps them boost their income. This is excellent for you as an affiliate marketer and makes promoting these services much easier.
As with hosting providers and themes, the best opportunity to promote the products and services on the programs below will be at the start of a blogger's journey.
(That's not to say that you can't convince a disgruntled user to switch to your provider of choice, because you can, but these will usually account for a much lower promotion of your affiliate sales as most people don't want the hassle of switching).
ESP affiliate programs can be hugely profitable because they nearly all offer recurring commissions. The monthly subscription cost ramps up significantly for users with large email lists too, meaning large on-going payments can be expected and this helps to make them some of the best recurring affiliate programs available.
Here are five of the top ESP programs that you can make money affiliate marketing with:
AWeber is the first of several email service providers that appears on this list, and it provides a platform for users to automate their email marketing, for example through scheduling autoresponder campaigns which send emails to subscribers automatically.
AWeber is one of the more popular ESP's, and it's the platform I use to automate the email marketing for this website.
ConvertKit is a popular alternative to AWeber, and it provides much of the same functionality in terms of automating a user's email marketing.
Like AWeber, ConvertKit charges users based on the size of their email list.
GetResponse provides functionality for users to automate their email marketing, but also to build landing pages and also to host webinars to boost product sales. It currently has over 350,000 users on its platform and handles the email marketing of large organizations such as Hilton, Avon, and UNESCO.
MailerLite is another email service provider that offers functionality to automate email marketing campaigns and to create stunning landing pages. It boasts over 480,000 customers including major companies such as BMW and GoPro.
Constant Contact is the final email service provider on this list. It provides an alternative to other popular ESPs such as AWeber and ConvertKit and offers much of the same functionality.
Unlike the affiliate schemes of other ESPs, however, Constant Contact does not pay a recurring commission percentage to affiliates. Instead, you'll earn a set amount for free-trial signups (making it a good option if you're interested in pay per lead affiliate programs), and a one-off commission when a referral becomes a paying customer.
Every blogger worth their salt knows that quality content matters.
With more than 1 billion websites available online, bloggers need to work harder than ever to improve their content and make it stand out against the competition. YouTube content creators don't get off lightly either, with 300 hours of new videos uploaded every minute.
The five affiliate programs below offer products and services to help online content creators boost the quality and search optimization of their content:
Grammarly is a platform which quickly and easily improves written content by detecting plagiarism, eliminating grammar errors, checking spelling and suggesting more effective words.
Most bloggers understand the power and importance of their writing, so this product is a no-brainer from an affiliate perspective given its widespread appeal.
SEMRush is an all-in-one marketing toolkit that helps website owners with SEO (search engine optimization), PPC (pay-per-click advertising), keyword research, competitive analysis, social media, content marketing, and more.
It currently has over two million users and is used by huge organizations such as HP, Quora, and eBay among others.
LongTailPro helps users find the most-effective long-tail keywords to boost their ranking on Google. Users can quickly and easily discover thousands of profitable, targeted keywords and calculate a keyword's competitiveness for practically any niche.
Mangools provides a powerful search-engine-optimization (SEO) package consisting of KWFinder (for keyword research), SERPChecker (for analysis of the search engine results), SERPWatcher (for tracking a website's ranking for various keywords), and LinkMiner (for backlink analysis).
It's a platform which has received 4.8/5 from Authority Hacker and is trusted by large companies including Airbnb, Adidas, and Deloitte.
TubeBuddy is a plugin for web browsers that integrates with YouTube to provide YouTubers with additional functionality to help them grow and optimize their channels. There is a wide range of tools available including those which increase productivity, assist with the bulk processing of videos, improve the SEO of video uploads, allow more extensive promotion of content, and improves data and research.
1 million+ YouTubers currently use the TubeBuddy plugin.
At the time of writing, the phrase 'make money online' has over 2.5 BILLION search results on Google. Based on this, there is clearly a BIG market for products or services that help people accomplish this more easily, more quickly, or more profitably.
From eCommerce platforms, sales funnel integration software, affiliate marketing communities, landing page builders and software to track marketing effectiveness; the following programs fit right into this massive market by helping your audience make and boost their online sales:
ClickFunnels is a platform that provides users with everything they need to market, sell, and deliver their products and services online. Users can quickly create landing pages, sales funnels and shopping carts with 1-click upsell that include email and Facebook marketing automation while being viewable and trackable from a single, simple dashboard.
ClickFunnels is a must for anyone looking to improve the profitability of their eCommerce.
Wealthy Affiliate is an online community which provides everything needed to get started with affiliate marketing, including industry-leading education, expert coaching and support, keyword/niche research tools, customizable website templates and themes, secure website hosting, and the opportunity to network with its 1.4 million affiliate marketing members.
Shopify is one of the go-to platforms for creating an online store. Its trusted by over 600,000 businesses worldwide, has 1 million+ active users and $63 billion worth of goods have been sold using its eCommerce platform.
SamCart provides online shopping cart software designed for people who want an easy way to sell their products online. It used on over 18,000 websites run by industry influencers, course creators, and authors, and over $500 worth of products have been sold using the platform to-date.
Leadpages is an online tool that helps you build custom landing pages and sales pages as quickly and efficiently as possible using pre-existing templates and a simple drag-and-drop editor. Leadpages is used by more than 45,000 businesses worldwide to help them boost sales and capture more leads.
Like Leadpages, Instapage is another online tool that helps users create sales and landing pages to help them increase sales and grow their network of leads. A lot of large companies use the Instapage platform including eBay, Verifone, and Verizon.
Proof is an online plugin that uses the concept of social proof to boost online sales.
It allows users to display real-time notifications on their website about other customers' activity in a bid to prompt action from new visitors. This could be anything from saying that 'Jane from London, UK' just bought a product to reassure visitors of a website's trustworthiness and to show that a product is popular, or, for example, on a limited-number deal it could be telling people how many people have viewed a webpage recently in a bid to make the offer appear scarce and at risk of selling out.
Proof is currently used on over 15,000 websites and claims to be able to boost sales and leads by 10% in less than 10 minutes.
Improvely is an online tool that is used by over 6,000 marketers to track, test and optimize their online marketing.
Improvely integrates easily with a wide variety of advertising platforms, including Google AdWords and Facebook Ads, and it allows users to track their clicks, conversions, and revenue across all of their online marketing in one handy dashboard.
The platform can also be used by affiliate marketers to link their commissions across 95% of the major affiliate networks.
A huge part of creating quality content is to make it look as good as possible. From a blogging perspective, this could be producing icons or an infographic to appear in a blog post or creating Pinterest pins to promote content to a broader audience.
Here are three of the best graphic design affiliate programs that you can make money online with:
99designs is a service which helps users find and work with talents freelance designers online. It can be used for a wide variety of design requirements, including logos, branding packs, business cards, web design, clothing and merchandise, illustrations, infographics, or eBook covers to name but a few.
99designs has received over 400,000 customers to-date, and it promises a design you love or your money back.
PicMonkey is an online graphic design tool and photo editor that is very popular with bloggers and Instagram users.
Their powerful, yet easy-to-use software makes it super quick and simple to create anything visual including infographics, Pinterest pin graphics and blog icons to name but a few.
Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of desktop and mobile apps from Adobe that gives subscribers the ability to handle a variety of tasks including graphic design, web development and video editing to name but a few.
Creative Cloud is the go-to option for many graphic design professionals, with Photoshop CC and Illustrator cc being examples of popular graphic design programs within the package. This affiliate program will be ideal if your audience requires a more professional alternative to PicMonkey which I discussed previously.
The final section of this list contains a tool that will appeal primarily to bloggers or online content creators who run their ventures full-time, but also to hobbyist bloggers who are just starting to make money blogging.
Often overlooked, and just like any business, it's hugely important to keep on top of income and expenses to ensure you're making money (or making as much as you think!).
The following affiliate program offers a service that will assist your audience with running their venture like a proper business:
Freshbooks provides cloud accounting software that is designed to make it as easy as possible to handle the account of a small business.
With Freshbooks, you can quickly create professional invoices, track expenses and the time spent on specific projects, receive payments, and view reports such as total profit and revenue for particular time periods, and because its based in the cloud, you can securely access the software anywhere at any time using your phone, tablet, or desktop.
I hope you find this list useful.
Let me know in the comments section if there are any other programs that you think I need to check out and include. I'm always on the lookout for affiliate marketing programs for beginners, and also those that are better suited to intermediate and advanced bloggers so I'd appreciate any recommendations.
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