What do you look for in an affiliate program? A high number of sales with a low commission? Low sales with high commission? Something that appeals to everyone? No two affiliate programs are the same, and all have highs and lows, so it can be hard to choose what will work for you.
Depending on your chosen market, it can prove tricky to find programs that are worth promoting, but here are a few affiliate programs that pay well – and often in different ways.
Bluehost Affiliate Program
Bluehost is a web hosting company that offer high commissions on sales of hosting packages. They offer a variety of packages that can suit most customers, but more importantly for an affiliate, also offer recurring payments to go with the high commission rates.
Bluehost is often ranked highly in hosting comparison charts due to this very reason. Their hosting packages are very good, and their customer service is responsive and helpful – but their popularity has certainly been helped by being affiliate-friendly.
Shopify help people and companies sell their own products online through a tried and tested e-commerce platform. But did you know they also have an affiliate program?
Not only can you gain commissions for getting your customers to set up Shopify stores, you can also earn higher commissions with “Plus” referrals.
What’s the difference?
A standard referral could net you $58 per customer – nothing to complain about. However, a Shopify Plus referral can be $2000, and that is certainly worth having.
While Shopify Plus is designed for high volume merchants, $58 for a standard referral isn’t too shabby – Shopify is certainly worth a look if you think you have the ability to sell a sales platform.
Recurring commissions are another reason to give some time to Shopify.
LongTailPro is an online keyword research tool. While many similar tools are available, LTP makes it simple to identify keywords and phrases that have low competition and a high probability of being able to rank in a search engine. Additionally, you can see how strong your own website is, and how strong those of your competitors are.
Extremely useful for internet marketers, the affiliate program is also ideal for affiliates. With recurring commissions of 30%, LongTailPro has plans starting at $24.99 with a usual tie-in of at least one year. While 30% of $24.99 might not sound much, repeating that every month whilst building up the number of referrals is an easy way to make quite a decent income.
SEMRush is one of the well-known names in keyword research and marketing, and BeRush is their affiliate program.
There are opportunities to earn up to 40% commission on recurring monthly subscriptions – this means you could make around $160 per referral per month.
As you can see, keyword research is big business, and there are marketers who are more than willing to pay for the information (and ease of access) that sites like LongTailPro and SEMRush provide.
Everyone wants a website, and many people choose WordPress to build it on. Part of the attraction is how simple it is to get a WordPress site up and running, while another part of the attraction is the extensibility of the software.
Good themes, however, can be hard to come by. Thesis is one of the better-known themes that is fast, customizable, and stable.
Thesis is extremely adaptable, and works with a drag-and-drop interface. Affiliates receive 33% of every Thesis sale, and with the options available, this can be anywhere from $30 to $66 as standard, with more if the visitor wants the multi-site upgrade.
Peerfly has over 2000 offers with some of them being the highest paying commissions of any CPA network.
Notorious for being difficult to get in to, Peerfly is great for high value single sales – you might not sell 100 of any particular offer, but with the commission rate and actual cost being so high, you’ll make a pretty penny from a single referral.
Not for the inexperienced, Peerfly can be a rollercoaster for the new affiliate marketer, but don’t let that put you off. With dedication and some effort, you can get approved, and soon be on the road to great commissions.
Peerfly is very strict on what is and what isn’t allowed, so it is wise to make sure you follow their rules to the letter. These rules are in place for your protection as well as the protection of the merchants and the customers, so while you might get away with certain things on other networks, bear in mind the high value of Peerfly and make sure you treat it with the necessary respect.
So which is the best way to go?
Do you go for low commission or high? The temptation is to go for the high commission rates and high prices to begin with – that’s how you make the most money. However, it can be difficult to get approved by the programs that offer the best commissions, and more often than not they look for a good track record – previous sales, the ability to generate traffic, established websites.
If you don’t fit the criteria, you won’t get in. It’s often better and easier to build yourself up slowly to the big pay days.
Any experience you gain will be useful going forward, as the same techniques apply at the top as they do at the bottom – what you need to do is to build yourself up so you have the opportunity to try out the methods on the higher priced items.
Affiliate marketing is not an easy quick-fix to making money fast. It works in the same way as building any business, and requires dedication and practice to master the skills needed. There’s nothing wrong with applying to any program as soon as you can, but you are far more likely to accepted with an existing proven track record.![money photo]