Affiliate Marketing is a solid way to make money online. Around the WordPress community, you have a huge opportunity to join, promote and earn commissions from various SaaS, web hosting, themes, plugins, and WordPress management services.
In fact, it is the #1 way I make money from BforBloggers.
The best part about affiliate marketing is you don’t need to have millions of traffic to make money. You can start monetizing your blog as soon as you start it. Combine it with AdSense to make recurring income every month.
In this article, I’ll share some of the best WordPress affiliate programs you can join to make a full-time income online.
Elegant Themes Affiliate Program
Elegant Themes is one of the most popular WordPress theme shops. Elegant Themes is the parent company behind popular page builder Divi, the Divi theme, Bloom optin form builder plugin, Monarch plugin, and the Extra theme.
They pay a very high 50% commission on every sale. They pay you a commission on yearly renewals too.
Elegant Themes run their affiliate program using idevAffiliate software and pay via PayPal. There’s also no limit on how many customers you refer, the more you refer the more you earn. Their payout threshold is $200.00.
Thrive Themes Affiliate Program
Thrive Themes one of the few conversion-focused WordPress themes and plugin shops. Thrive Theme is behind Thrive Architect, Thrive Leads, Thrive Ultimatum, Thrive Ovation and Thrive Apprentice, some of the most popular WordPress plugins among internet marketers.
They loved by people who build websites to sell products and optimize their conversion rate.
Thrive Themes pay 35% commission per sale + 25% recurring commission. That’s 50% upfront and 25 on all quarterly and yearly renewals. They have extensive tutorials and guide to help you understand and sell their product. They pay via PayPal and their minimum payout threshold is $20.
Bluehost Affiliate Program
Bluehost is popular for providing cheap web hosting. They are officially recommended by WordPress which means they are a credible web host. This simple recommendation by WordPress makes it easy to sell Bluehost to your readers and fans.
Bluehost offers $65 commissions for every sale of shared hosting. If you perform better you can get up to $110 per sale.
You can also use their banners and discount promos to give your visitors a special discount hence making even more sales. Their minimum payout threshold is $100 and they pay via PayPal.
Smart Podcast Player Affiliate Program
If you have a blog about podcasting and WordPress plugins, Smart Podcast Player is an amazing plugin you can recommend. It has features not found in other podcast plater plugins such as email signup popups which make it easier to sell to your audience.
Smart Podcast Player offers a 50% recurring commissions for every sale made through your link. They pay via PayPal and there is no minimum payout threshold.
Siteground Affiliate Program
Siteground is a popular choice among WordPress bloggers who prefer managed WordPress hosting at an affordable rate. Siteground is the only non-EIG hosting company to be popular among bloggers for its speed, price and security standards.
Siteground offers an amazing performance-based affiliate program where you can make more money by referring more customers. For 1-5 sales per month, you’ll earn $50 per sale. For referring 6-10 sales in a month you’ll earn $75 per sale. If you can refer 11+ sales in a month you’ll make $100/sale.
One of the best parts about Steground affiliate is that PayPal doesn’t deduct a fee from its affiliate payments. You can also opt for getting wire transfer for your affiliate payment if you make at least $5000/month.
Cloudways Affiliate Program
Cloudways is a managed cloud hosting provider that allows you to host your site on Google cloud servers, Vultr, Digital Ocean, etc. without worrying about the technical part.
Cloudways is one of the few WordPress hosting affiliate programs that pay recurring commissions. They have two different commission plans namely:
In slab commission plan you are paid upfront a 30% of every sale made. In the hybrid plan, you get recurring 10% every month as long as the customers continue to pay Cloudways. Their payout threshold is $250.
Kinsta Affiliate Program
Kinsta is one of the most popular managed WordPress hosting companies. They provide managed WordPress hosting on Google Cloud servers and are specifically focused on WordPress.
Kinsta has a reputation in the WordPress community so it shouldn’t be too hard for you to sell it.
Kinsta also pays you $50 to $500 upfront and recurring 10% monthly commissions on every sale made through your affiliate link. They payout via PayPal and the best part is they’ve got lots of affiliate support articles.
DreamHost Affiliate Program
DreamHost is another cheap web hosting priced at $2.59/month. DreamHost is one of the few web hosts that are officially recommended by WordPress.org.
They are popular for cheap rats and quality hosting for beginners and advanced bloggers. If you have an audience of beginners, DreamHost affiliate might be the best way for you to make money.
DreamHost runs it’s affiliate program through Ambassador affiliate software which is feature-rich and neat. They pay $15 to $200 on every sale. There is no minimum payout threshold and they pay via Paypal.
WPX Hosting Affiliate Program
WPX hosting is a managed WordPress hosting company. It founded and run by Terry Kyle who’s quite famous for his SEO tools and different approach for WordPress web hosting.
WPX hosting pays a fixed commission of $70 per sale. The commission increases to $100 if you can generate 101+ sales. They pay via PayPal with a minimum payout threshold of $70.
WPEngine Hosting Affiliate Program
WPEngine is one of the most expensive and quality managed WordPress hosting companies. WPEngine is quite popular among bloggers because of its high commission rates.
They pay $200 or 25% of the sale, whichever is higher making them one of the most generous affiliate programs in the industry. That means you’re guaranteed a $200 payment on every sale. You’ll need to make sure you’re not violating their guidelines else they’ll terminate your account and you’ll not get paid. They’re very strict and you’ll have to comply with FTC guidelines.
Their affiliate program runs on ShareASale, which is an amazing affiliate platform in terms of tracking. You can get paid via PayPal, Payoneer, wire transfer, and cheque.
Themeisle Affiliate Program
Themeisle is a rising WordPress theme and plugin shop. They are similarly focused on creating WordPress themes and plugins for beginners. Their themes look beautiful and perform exceptionally well.
They have a few very popular themes including Hestia and Neve.
Themeisle pays 55% on every sale. They run their affiliate program on ShareASale. Their minimum payout threshold is $50.
Themify Affiliate Program
Themify is another popular WordPress theme shops. They are specifically popular among freelancers and creative website builders who look for astonishing designs in a WordPress theme.
Themify pays 40% on every sale made through your affiliate link.
If you have an audience of freelancers and website building business owners, you can make serious money from Themify. They run their affiliate program through In-house software and pay via PayPal. There is no minimum payout threshold.
OptinMonster Affiliate Program
OptinMonster is a WordPress lead generation plugin that helps you convert your visitors into subscribers. It is popular for introducing exit-intent technology to mass and it comes with some of the most impressive user targetting options.
OptinMonster runs it’s affiliate program through ShareASale. They pay 20% commission on every sale which can go way up to $118 per sale.
OptinMonster has generous 30-day money-back guarantee so you’ll have to pre-sell and educate your customers about OptinMonster to make sure your cancellation rate is low. If someone cancels their subscription before 30 days, you’ll not get paid.
iThemes Affiliate Program
iThemes have one of the best and most popular WordPress security plugin known as iThemes security. They are also the founder and developer behind BackUpBuddy, another popular backup and WordPress migration plugin.
iThemes have an affiliate program where you can join and promote all of their products including every plugin they have and also the iThemes hosting.
They pay 25% commission on every sale made through your affiliate and they run their affiliate program on ShareASale. The minimum payout threshold is $50.
ThristyAffiliates Affiliate Program
ThirstyAffiliates pay 30% for each sale referred through your affiliate link.
They run their affiliate program using AffiliatWP WordPress plugin, so you won’t have to worry about any tracking issues. There is no minimum payout threshold so you’ll be paid as soon as you make a sale.
MyThemeShop Affiliate Program
MyThemeShop is another popular WordPress theme shop. They are especially popular among new bloggers who want fast, beautiful and affordable premium themes.
They offer an amazing affiliate program and pay you a 55% commission on every sale made through your affiliate link.
MyThemeShop has many popular plugins and themes including Schema and WP Review which you can promote on your WordPress blog. They pay via PayPal and there is no minimum payout threshold.
Elementor Affiliate Program
Elementor is the most downloaded WordPress page builder plugin. Elementor is very popular among freelancers who build websites and landing pages using WordPress because of its ease of use and amazing features.
Elementor offers a 50% commission on every sale made through your affiliate link.
They run their affiliate program through AffiliateWP and they do offer banner ads to help you make more sales. The minimum payout threshold is $200 and they pay only via PayPal.
StudioPress Affiliate Program
StudioPress has been the most popular WordPress theme shop for over a decade. If you didn’t know, the Genesis framework has been developed by StudioPress themes. They have been recently acquired by WPEngine.
They offer a cross-domain affiliate program that pays you 35% commissions on every sale made through your affiliate links.
StudioPress run their affiliate program through ShareASale network and they do offer discount coupons and banners to help you sell more. There is no minimum payout threshold from StuidoPress but ShareASale will require you to earn at least $50 before you can cash out your commissions.
Join the StudioPress Affiliate Program (through WP Engine affiliate program since they were merged)
Brainstorm Force Affiliate Program
They pay 30% commissions for every sale made through your affiliate links.
Brainstorm force runs their affiliate program through AffiliateWP and they do provide you banners for each and every plugin under their network. Their minimum payout threshold is $50 and you can get paid via PayPal.
Fiverr Affiliate Program
Fiverr is one of the best places to find freelancers at a super affordable price. They have thousands of WordPress developers, content creators, etc. around the world ready to be hired.
Fiverr Affiliate pays a commission based on a CPA for different categories of services. This can range from $15 to $100. For every sale made in the WordPress category, you’ll earn $40.
You can join their affiliate program and promote any freelancer you want You can also choose to promote Fiverr courses and categories to make even more money. They run their affiliate program through an In-house software and their minimum payout threshold is $100.
WordPress.com Affiliate Program
You might not know, but WordPress.com has an official affiliate program too. WordPress.org is open-source software but WordPress.com is a free and premium blogging platform that is subscription-based.
By promoting WordPress.com and it’s products including Jetpack plugin and WooCommerce plugin you can earn 20% on every sale.
To get approved in the WordPress.com affiliate program you’ll have to have a genuine blog that talks about something related to WordPress. They are quite tough on new affiliate applications these days.
WP Rocket Affiliate Program
WP Rocket has an affiliate program where you earn a 20% commission on every sale made through your affiliate link. They run their affiliate program through the ShareASale network and their minimum payout threshold is $50.
Selling WP Rocket isn’t hard if you have an audience of WordPress developers and people looking to speed up their website and improve their conversion rate. And one more thing, they have a super low cancellation rate.
WP Buffs Affiliate Program
WP Buffs is a WordPress maintenance service for website owners, bloggers and online businesses that use WordPress to run their website. They offer 24×7 support, speed optimization, security updates and everything so you don’t have to worry about anything related to WordPress.
WP Buffs affiliate program offers $100 to $300 per sale. However, they charge on a monthly subscription fee so they should be offering a recurring commission. $300 per sale is pretty generous considering WP Buffs provides quality services and has grown tremendously in a few short years.
There is no minimum payout threshold and you get paid via PayPal. They also run their affiliate program through AffiliateWP.
WP Forms Affiliate Program
WP Forms is a WordPress form builder plugin. It can create any kind of form that you may want including survey forms, contact form, lead forms, etc.
WP Forms offer an affiliate program through the ShareASale network where you can earn a 20% commission on every sale. This can go up to $60 per sale.
There is a minimum payout threshold of $50 and every commission gets locked and ready to be paid after 30 days. Selling WP Forms should be too tough as they regularly run affiliate contests, coupons and offers that you can take advantage of.
InMotion Hosting Affiliate Program
InMotion hosting is a popular non-EIG web host which is popular for cheap and premium web hosting. It is very popular among users who look for an alternative to Bluehost and Hostgator.
InMotion Hosting offers an affiliate program where you can earn $50 to $120 on every sale made through your affiliate links.
They run their affiliate program through Impact radius which is quite robust and uses advanced tracking methods. You can also request custom coupons and select from their banner ads to promote InMotion hosting easily.
Let me know which WordPress affiliate programs you’ve joined and are currently making money from in comments.