Web hosting affiliate programs offer some of the biggest commissions you can get online. You can typically get between $50 – $250 per sale depending on the program and many offer performance incentives.
But don’t just promote any old web host to your audience. While there are some really great web hosts that offer great service and features, there are some notoriously bad ones that would be a nightmare for any customer.
In this article, I’m going to list just five of the best web hosting affiliate programs you can promote online.
- Web hosts that offer satisfactory service
- Non-EIG web hosts
- Make $50 – $250+ per sale with performance incentives
- Has training and tools available to the affiliate
There are many great web hosts that aren’t well known but I’m going with names that you’d recognize if you’ve ever searched for a web host. You can potentially earn more with well known web hosts than a great obscure one even if their service is bad. Imagine what you can do with a great well known web host.
Here is my list of the five best web hosting affiliate programs available in 2018.
1. SiteGround Affiliate Program
They excel at every aspect of their hosting product including customer support, uptime, speed, security and just offering the best web hosting technology there is. It’s why this is the top recommended web host on my website.
This is why I believe that you will do well promoting a quality web host like SiteGround because your readers will be satisfied with your recommendation.
SiteGround pays $50 per sale and increases payout based on performance. The more sales you refer, the more you get paid per sale.
1-5 sales = $50
6 – 10 sales = $75
11+ sales = $100
And if you send very high volumes of sales, you can usually get even higher payouts.
The affiliate program user area has a lot of information to help you promote SiteGround successfully and includes:
- your default affiliate link
- custom affiliate links
- success tips area
- screenshots to reuse in your content
- suggestions on what to write
You can talk to an affiliate assistant and they even offer a free trial account so you can talk about their product from experience.
You can sign up to promote SiteGround here as an affiliate.
2. A2 Affiliate Program
Based on what I’ve seen on some hosting forums and groups, A2 is one of the best web hosts available if you’re looking for fast, reliable hosting.
The affiliate program pays great as well and promoting A2 should be easy especially if your readers know what they want.
Commissions for promoting A2 start at $85 per sale and like SiteGround, you get an increase based on performance during a month.
1 – 10 sales = $85
11 – 20 sales = $100
21 – 30 sales = $120
31+ sales = $140
You can even contact an affiliate manager for even higher commissions if you can deliver a much larger volume of sales every month.
A2 also pays a $5 commission on 2nd tier sales which is another great reason to sign up.
You can learn more about A2’s affiliate program here and sign up to promote a quality web hosting offer.
3. Flywheel Affiliate Program
Flywheel is another quality web host but only for WordPress websites which account a high percentage of all existing websites online today.
Flywheel isn’t cheap and starts at $15 per month for a single WordPress install or $30/month for their most popular plan which is still for a single install. Bulk plans up to 10 WordPress installs start at $100 per month.
As an affiliate, you can earn three times the amount of the monthly plan the user selects. So for the $15 plan (Tiny), you’ll earn $45 per sale. For the most expensive plan, you can earn up to $500 per sale which is one huge commission.
Flywheel is a great web host and they offer lots of creatives, content ideas and professional support when you need it.
4. WP Engine Affiliate Program
Their service isn’t cheap (like most managed WordPress hosting) and starts at $35/month for a single WordPress install.
Referring anyone to WP Engine earns you $200 per sale even for the cheapest plan or 100% of the first month’s payment if it’s more than $200.
Such attractive commissions definitely appeal to web hosting affiliates but it doesn’t stop there. WP Engine also offer $50 when an affiliate you referred makes a sale.
What makes this particular affiliate program so good though is that they communicate with you on a regular basis through a monthly newsletter and when they do have promotions and they also encourage you to contact an affiliate manager if you would like help promoting them.
They also have a number of creatives including discounts and special promos.
5. Cloudways Affiliate Program
I actually got the idea to write this article when I saw Cloudways affiliate program details after researching some of the best web hosts (as suggested in a Facebook group for web hosting discussions) and looking at their affiliate program pages.
Cloudways offers managed cloud hosting and you have three options for getting paid when you promote them.
The first way is what they call Slab which is structure like most of the other web hosting affiliate programs here.
Slab 1: 1 – 5 referrals = $50
Slab 2: 6 – 20 referrals = $75
Slab 3: 21 – 45 referrals = $100
Slab 4: 46 – 80 referrals = $125
This way is great if you want to make a lot of money on a monthly basis based on your performance.
The second way is called the Hybrid and this structure is more beneficial if you want to earn more passively and for the long term.
With this model, you get a $30 bonus upfront on any number of referrals then 7% recurring commissions for the lifetime of the customer.
The final way to earn with Cloudways is the Custom structure. This is more beneficial to super affiliates who can refer large volumes of customers without breaking a sweat. In other words, if you can make a lot more than 80 sales per month then you’re way past the Slab structure and can talk to an affiliate manager about the Custom structure. This structure can combine the Slab and Hybrid models so you can earn recurring income while getting high upfront commissions.
You can check this blog post for details of Cloudways affiliate program and sign up to promote this very lucrative offer.
How To Make Money With Web Hosting Affiliate Programs
Making money with web hosting affiliate programs is an extremely competitive industry to tackle but you will make money if you focus and stick to your promotions.
First figure out who needs the service and figure out ways you can target them. This is the first step (finding your niche within a competitive industry).
There are many different groups of people who need web hosting and that can include:
- Affiliate marketers
- Small business owners
- …and the list goes on.
Think about the terms people would use to search online where web hosting is the solution to their problem.
Terms like “how to build a website” may be very competitive but then you can have other terms like “how to make a website to sell my photography” or “how to build a bakery website” might just allow you to reach a more specific audience.
Another way to target people who need web hosting is to target people who already have web hosting but want to move to a new web host for any number of reasons.
People move hosting all the time and it’s usually because they are unsatisfied with their current host. They may be experiencing:
- problems with website speed
- regular downtime on their servers
- problems with security and instrusion
- traffic-related problems (outgrew their server because they have too much traffic)
- problems with hosting support.
If you can intercept these searchers at the point where they’re searching to fix their web hosting problem, you will have a quality referral because these people are already more committed to having web hosting than someone who wants to host a brand new website.
Your readers will also be looking to compare various web hosts and these types of keywords such as Bluehost vs SiteGround for example, will give you quality traffic.
These are just a few tips you can use to kickstart a web hosting promotional campaign if you want to earn the huge commissions typical of this industry.
Whatever web host(s) you choose to promote, be sure to check the affiliate area for more tips and definitely get in contact with your affiliate manager who can help you sort out your promotions by giving you ideas and sometimes custom creatives.
Do you have experience promoting web hosting affiliate programs? Are there any great web hosts that I missed that have an awesome affiliate program? Let me know in the comments below.