One of the biggest mistakes WordPress bloggers make is to apply for hundreds of affiliate programs and start promoting them on the blog. Most of the programs are available through top affiliate marketing platforms like Impact and ShareASale making it easy for getting approval. However, it is impossible to promote programs on your blog without relevant content. If you want to become a successful affiliate blogger, then it is essential to pick up the programs that you can really test and promote. In this article, we list down top 5 products you can use and promote in your blog to earn affiliate commission.
WordPress Affiliate Programs
WordPress is a big ecosystem including thousands of companies selling their products in various niches. Hosting, themes, plugins and SEO services are the popular WordPress niches for affiliate bloggers. Each segment has micro niches to focus on specific group of products. For example, if you want to promote WordPress plugins, it is better to narrow down your promotions on caching, page builder or backup plugins group.
You can actually use the below listed products on your blog to get authoritative knowledge before promoting them. As a beginner, you target to start with one or two products and scale up your promotions from there.
1. SiteGround (Managed WordPress Hosting)
High-end hosting companies like Kinsta, WPEngine and Flywheel offer huge commission rate per sale. However, it is difficult to sell these products in the market as they cost heavily compared to cheap shared hosting like SiteGround or Bluehost. Also, people starting with their blog generally do not need costly web hosting setup. For example, it will cost $20 per month to start with WPEngine while you just need $2.99 with SiteGround. Earlier, Bluehost used to be the darling of beginner bloggers. But SiteGround is preferable nowadays due to great customer support and Google Cloud Platform. They offer three plans offering various features like caching, CDN, SSL, free migration, daily backup for 30 days, etc. The best part is that all the plans include 30 days of money back guarantee which makes it easy for you to sell the plans.
As of now, SiteGround offers affiliate program on their site independent of any marketplace. All you need is to get approval from them to start your affiliate journey. They offer four tier commission structure starting from $50 per sale. It is also not mandatory to have a blog to apply for their program. You can promote the links though your social media profiles, emails and YouTube channels.
If you are focusing on web hosting related content on your blog, then SiteGround is the way for your affiliate earnings.
2. Astra (Commercial WordPress Theme)
Many people do not know that promoting WordPress themes can also earn big affiliate commissions. However, the trick is to choose the correct theme and the plan to earn big. Astra is the most popular free WordPress theme available in WordPress.org with more than 1 million active installations. The premium version is available in three plans – Astra Pro, Essential Bundle and Growth Bundle. With additional plugins like Schema Pro, Convert Pro and Spectra Pro, it is an easy task to convince any blogger to purchase Astra theme for their current or next project.
You will get 30% commission of each sale with 60 days tracking cookie. This may look small when selling an Astra Pro which will earn less than $15 per sale. However, that will be more than $70 per sale for a Growth Bundle. You will get paid through PayPal when the commission reaches $500 or when you get refer 5 customers.
Astra also offers affiliate program on their site and you can track the sales performance from the dashboard by logging into your account.
3. WP Rocket (WordPress Caching Plugin)
Coming to plugin’s segment, caching is one of the hot areas that every website owner needs a caching plugin. WP Rocket does the job better than any other free or premium caching plugins we have tested. The plugin also offers additional optimization features like remove unused CSS, delay JS, lazyload images, cache preloading and database cleanup. With Google pushing for speed, it is easy for you to sell plugins like WP Rocket to every WordPress blogger.
The plugin is available in three plans starting from $59. You will get 30% flat commission rate with 30 days cookie tracking time span. Again, the trick here is to sell the “Infinite License” plan to earn around $60 commission per sale.
WP Rocket affiliate program is available through ShareASale marketplace. So, you need to create an account in ShareASale and apply from there to get an approval.
4. Semrush (SEO Service)
Semrush is a NASDAQ listed company that offers data insights for various search engine optimization and marketing services. You can do competitor analysis, keyword research, optimize Amazon listings and make use of their content marketing service to scale up your site. Semrush was earlier offering affiliate program through their own Berush website with 40% recurring commission rate. Now, you need to apply through Impact and can earn up to $200 per sale.
The only problem with Semrush is that the plans are costly starting with $99.95 per month for the Pro plan on annual payment. However, you will get $10 commission even when someone subscribes for a trail service using your affiliate link. The other advantage with Semrush is that you can refer Semrush to every site owner regardless of whether they use WordPress or other platform. Learn more on Semrush affiliate program and become a successful affiliate marketer.
5. Elementor Page Builder
WordPress tries to kill page builder plugins with Gutenberg and full site editing features. However, it is impossible to get the pixel perfect design that you can create with commercial page builder plugins. Elementor free version is the most popular page builder plugin for WordPress with more than 5 million active installations in WordPress.org plugin repository. The premium version is available starting from $59 per year for a single site with the highest plan of $399 per year. In addition to drag and drop widgets, premium plugin also offers pre-built templates, form builder, pop-up builder and WooCommerce store builder.
There are lot of possibilities to make high earnings with 50% commission rate and 90 days cookie retention policy. Elementor affiliate program is available through their website and you will get paid through PayPal when earning $200 threshold.
We strongly recommend selecting popular products and then try your focus on promoting higher level plans. For example, selling one Agency Elementor plan for $399 will make you almost $200 with 50% commission rate. Always make sure to read the terms and conditions before applying for the programs. This helps to avoid misunderstanding and get your payment on time without delay. Though the above listed products can make you fortune with less effort, the best option is to publish content around the products you want to promote. This will not only showcase your expertise but also convince people to purchase the product.