When starting out on your affiliate marketing journey, it used to be easy to get excited at the prospect of Amazon Associates. Depending on your niche, it could still work for you but with Amazon commissions largely 3% and under, why not look at the Best Affiliate Programs With High Commission?
In this post I will share insights into some of the best affiliate programs that have either high initial commission or that have recurring commissions but first let’s look at:
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Why focus on high commission products?
At the risk of stating the obvious, it is hard work to get traffic to your website AND to then get a sale, so you really want to maximize your efforts. It takes the same amount of effort to promote both so why not go for the bigger money?
Imagine you have a goal to earn $5000 in affiliate commissions per month but the products you are promoting offer $10 commission each. You will have to sell 500 of these, which, unless you are a traffic generating machine (or spending a fortune on paid ads) is very unlikely and one of the reasons many affiliate marketers don’t succeed. (It’s worth noting that to earn $10 on Amazon Associates your customer would generally have to spend in the region of $330.)
If you earn $100 commission you only have to sell 50. If you earn $1,000 per sale you only have to sell 5, which makes the task feel much more attainable.
What about recurring commissions?
High commissions are lovely, but in my opinion, recurring commissions are even better. (Or a combination of both should have you living the lifestyle you are after!)
Ordinarily you make a sale, you get the commission and that is it. Great, but you are now starting from square one again to get more traffic and customers. However, with every customer where you get a recurring commission, you are contributing to your residual income which (for me anyway!) is the ultimate goal.
Don’t get hung up on one product or supplier. Diversification is the key. Having a number of great quality products or services with commission to match ensures that if market conditions change, products are removed from sale or your commission structure dramatically changes, your income should’t suffer too much.
There are great programs in every niche – these are just a few.
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Online Business Tools
These have got absolutely massive potential for growing your income as an affiliate marketer, particularly if, like me, your website is geared around helping people to get started with an online business. Every single person, for example, is going to need web hosting!
I am starting with Bluehost simply because for my target audience, it is a really good buy. When you are starting off on your online journey, you want something cheap and reliable. To be fair their isn’t a lot to choose between the top web hosts aimed at the starter market.
Commission starts at $65 per sign up but more can be earned depending on the level of hosting your customer chooses and also how many customers to have referred to Bluehost. (You can get up to £120.)
Hostgator must be one of the longest standing web hosting brands and has been around since 2002. (18 years is a long time in web hosting!) It offers similar benefits to the first-time blogger with a low cost option to get started.
Hostgator commission starts at $50 per sign up, rising in increments depending on sales volume up to $125 (when you hit 20 sales plus).
Kinsta is a little different to the first two in that it is operated on a Google Cloud platform. Their ad says ‘improve your site speed by 200%’ which is very attractive.
The minimum cost to the customer is $30 per month which is comparatively expensive but not everyone is on a budget and there are some people who want the best of everything.
For every sale you can earn from $50 – $500 and get a recurring payment of 10% on top of that! I am not an affiliate but will definitely check this one out in greater detail later.
Now, if your target audience is beginner bloggers, this is not one for you. However, if your audience is made up of freelancers, businesses and agencies then it certainly could do. (Having said that, their is no reason why you can’t make it work using paid advertising and the right audience.)
Liquid Web’s main focus is on WordPress and Woocommerce hosting which essentially means that they take care of security, speed, website up time, daily backups and scalability. Commissions are from $150 – $7,000 (no, that is not a typo, for some Cloud hosting services they really do pay $7k commission).
Most people getting started with an online business will be looking for an email auto responder service. Or if they are not, they should be! (If I am talking about you, check out this Email Marketing Guide for tips on how to get started.)
I chose Aweber for my own email marketing because it is the auto responder of choice by quite a few top affiliates I know. Also, they have a great support service. I am not the most tech savvy and did need help to set up my first email series so I know that if people sign up for it there is no need for them to give up in frustration!
Also, you can sign up for free if you have less than 500 subscribers. This could be a good thing and a bad thing – you only make money, naturally, when people start paying but it should be easy to get people to sign up for free.
The first paid option is $19 and you get paid a recurring $5.70 (30%) which doesn’t sound like much but if you think about it, after one year you will have made $68.40, after 2 years $136.80 and after 3 years $205.20 and that is just one account. If you have 50 people sign up that is over £10k over 3 years which is very nice residual income. (Naturally your referrals need to keep using Aweber for the money to keep coming.)
ConvertKit has a great reputation and is also the auto responder of choice of legendary affiliate marketer, Pat Flynn, who is an affiliate for the product too. One of the best things about being an affiliate for Convert kit is that you get a free course by the man himself!
Commission is a recurring payment of 30% of the monthly costs of $29, $49 or $79. Again, an absolute winner for building residual income.
GetResponse is one of the more exciting email affiliate opportunities as they offer a whopping $100 per referral! Or you can have 33% recurring commission. Pricing for the customer is $15, $49 or $99. Every option has a 30-day free trial.
It would be very tempting to take that $100 but the most sensible thing to do is go for the 33% recurring monthly commission. The choice is yours!
Positive Parenting Solutions
This is a really attractive option of courses for parents keen to live in harmony with their kids from toddlers to teens. They say it’s the ‘Only course that will get your kids to listen without yelling, nagging or losing control’. Who wouldn’t want that? If you are a ‘Mom blogger’ (or Dad!) who writes about parenting, this would be a really nice, credible product to promote.
Pricing options are from £199 – $350 and you get 25%.
This is the most adorable product with an incredible back story. The product is ‘The Lully Sleep Guardian’ which is a Teddy Bear that plays lullaby’s especially created by the product founder with the idea of helping children who suffer from the ‘night terrors’. It has proved hugely effective in tests so would be a great product to promote.
Commission is 20% and the average order value is in the region of $130.
While travel might not be the best market to be in right at this minute with all the restrictions, I am confident that the tide will turn and when people can travel freely again we will see a massive increase in the number of people who take holidays.
The Covid crisis has made us all realize just how much we value the chance to escape from the day-to-day.
Incredibly TripAdvisor offer 50% commission on all hotel bookings. (Note to self, book hotels direct for the best deal!). This is way above what most pay and almost makes me want to get into travel as a niche!
On the face of it, Expedia doesn’t look that exciting as they only pay 6% for hotel bookings but you can add to that with pre-book transfers and activities at 12% so the more you focus on the total holiday experience, the more potential their is to earn.
It’s hard to say how much you would make with this operation as they pay 70% of what they earn. You are effectively a 2nd tier affiliate. The benefit is that Travelpayouts work with the big brand hotels, airlines and car rental operators, buses and all sorts in many, many countries and it gives you the opportunity to just use one affiliate link.
Health affiliate programs
As more and more people take responsibility for their own well-being, this massively popular niche will continue to grow over time.
Physicians Choice is a really attractive option for anyone focussing on dietary supplements. Not only is it a very credible operation using naturally sourced ingredients for their supplements, but they have a really super website and blog so it’s quite possible they will link out to your content.
Better still, commission with the Physicians Choice Ambassador Program is 25% AND you get paid on recurring sales.
Tyent Water Ionizers
Water ionizers have become quite a thing! Tap water and even bottled water apparently contain contaminants that can be harmful. Tyent Water Ionizers claim that hydrogen water (essentially what their ionizers deliver) increases your energy, helps with weight loss, reduces joint pain and promotes overall health. AND is endorsed by Meghan Markle!
Tyent Affiliate Program is through ShareASale and offers 5% commission which is pretty decent when you consider that the price range is from roughly $2,000 – $4,000.
This looks like one of the better pain relief businesses to come out since the market has really exploded due to the legalization of cannabis for this purpose.
CBD Medic has a really super product range, website, blog and a tone of 5 star reviews. If that wasn’t enough, they pay a generous 40% commission on products that cost in the region of $40 – $100.
Beauty affiliate programs
Being an affiliate marketer in the world of beauty will be hugely attractive to some people. You only have to think about the potential for showing off new looks and ‘how to’s’ on YouTube and Instagram – the potential is massive. However, it’s not very easy to find beauty affiliate programs that pay commission of more than 10%. (They do exist if you look around, though.)
Alpyn Beauty is a premium brand of skincare products with a focus on sustainability and the use of botanicals in their products. The ethos is that by using plants that can thrive in any condition, be it heat, wind or snow, they also work to preserve and protect your skin in the same environments.
Sundaily is a really unique product with a very interesting proposition. The product, rather than applied to your skin is in the form of (nice tasting) ‘gummies’. There are two main products – ‘Base Layer’ which is for skin damage prevention and ‘Back Up’ which is for repairing the damage already done. (Confession, I very nearly bought it myself as the reviews are so good!)
Although the products retail at only $29.95, they offer $50 for every new customer referred via your link which is an absolute winner! Sign-up is via ShareASale.
I nearly gave up looking for an actual make-up affiliate program with commission greater than 8-10%! That might work for some super-influencers with millions of followers but for the rest of us mere mortals, we would like a bit more please. Happily I found one with 18% commission – hallelujah!
Girlactik Beauty has a really fun range full of sparkle. I like the way they have some curated bundles enabling affiliate to get more worthwhile sales than a lipstick costing $20. Having said that, some people are great make-up fans and will spend an absolute fortune so if make-up is your bag, this could be one for you. Again, sign-up is through ShareASale.
Online course affiliate programs
Courses often offer some of the best commissions available, simply because the creators of the course have already invested in the work and production. The costs have long since been covered so most of the fees to join are profit.
Amazon FBA Ninja
This course by top Amazon FBA seller Kevin David is one of the best on the market. There is an in-depth review here, but what you need to know is that the course currently sells for $1997 and for everyone you introduce you earn 50% which is very nice indeed.
John Crestani’s Super Affiliate System
John Crestani is a very well known affiliate marketer and course producer of note. To see what your audience would get if they sign up, please check out this review.
The course cost is $997. You will earn $450 for everyone who signs up with your link.
Confession. I LOVE Wealthy Affiliate, I started off with a personal development blog when I first got started but was so impressed with the training and community that I had a burning desire to share it. Consequently I started a second blog to promote Wealthy Affiliate in the make money online niche.
Anyone can get started for free, but when you upgrade to Premium membership, you earn either £23.50 per month or £235, depending on whether they pay monthly or annually. Imagine building up a business with a few hundred members! Also, if you sign up 300 Premium members in a year you get an all expenses trip to Vegas!
Check out my Wealthy Affiliate Review for an in-depth look at what you (and your sign-ups) get and for more details about the actual affiliate program.
The pet niche will always have massive potential as we don’t half love our pets and are prepared to spend serious money on ensuring that they are happy and healthy. The pet niche is not the highest paying in the world but these are some of the best that I found.
Brain Training For Dogs
I especially love Brain Training For Dogs as most dogs need mental stimulation as well as going for plenty of walks. There is a lead magnet of a free brain training game which I actually forwarded to my sister for the super-intelligent Mabel! (I know she will sign up for it in an instant as will many people who go on this site.)
The online course claims to turn your dog from ‘brainless to brilliant!’. According to Clickbank, gravity is 70 (meaning their are 70 people successfully selling this product) but you can also sign up on their own page. Commission is 75% which is around $32 per sale which, in this niche, is very good. (Digital products are generally much more profitable.)
Tuft and Paw
This is a completely brilliant website featuring furniture for cats! Not just any old cat furniture – its high end designs really make a statement. Check them out here. From cat beds, to trees and cat beds to litter tray furniture, they have thought of everything. They offer 30 day returns as they know how fussy felines can be. (If you have ever had a cat, it is quite possible you bought them a scratching post they refused to even acknowledge was in the room!)
They only deliver in the U.S. as the pieces tend to quite large. Commission is only 12%, however, their products go up to nearly $1,000 so don’t despair. The also have a program where you donate a bed to a shelter and Tuft and Paw give you 50% off your purchase. (Don’t worry, Tuft and Paw take care of delivering the bed to the shelter.) You can sign up here.
Easy Horse Training
I like Easy Horse Training a lot as it will doubtless help people who live hundreds of miles from a good trainer or, indeed, who’s horses have left such a dent in the bank account, that they can’t afford one. (Top tip – never buy anything that eats while you sleep unless you have deep pockets!)
The courses are on the Fundamentals of Horse Training, Problem Behavior Solutions, Advanced Horse Psychology and Communication, and the very popular topic nowadays of Natural Horsemanship. You can sign up directly as affiliate. Commission is 50% and the courses cost $77.
One more for the road – Fiver!
Not only is Fiverr great for outsourcing everything from Pinterest Pin creation, to logos, to videos, they also have an exceptional affiliate program. Commissions are generally $15 – $150 or even up to $1,000 with a rev share / hybrid model where you earn 10% (their is an option to make a purchase for $10,000). Check out the video below or read my post How To Find Freelance Workers which has more details of how it all works.
Other aspects to consider
Naturally, affiliate programs can change. These are correct at the time of writing but do please do your own research before signing up. One thing to make sure to check is what the cookie duration is (i.e. the length of time your customer has from clicking the link to making a purchase and earning you commission).
If it expires when a customer checks out (like Booking.com does apparently), you might want to reconsider your options. Typical are 7 day, 30 days, sometimes 180 days and occasionally you will find one with a lifetime cookie!
If you are signing up through an affiliate network such as Clickbank or ShareASale, they should have a gravity score. The number is how many affiliates are actively selling that product. It is generally a good sign to have a higher gravity score, however, there could be an excellent product that didn’t resonate with other affiliates or a new product that you could do really well with so it’s only one thing to consider.
Don’t be tempted to sign up for an affiliate program just because of the high earnings potential. Make sure it is a quality program or product that will bring value to your audience. If you can buy it yourself, so much the better, if not, satisfy yourself that it is a good company with a good product offering and that they care about their customers. Your reputation is too important not to thoroughly check it out.
High ticket programs are all well and good, however, you can sign up for as many as you like but if you don’t know how to find the right keywords and drive the right traffic to your website you still won’t make any money!
If you need help in this area, check out How To Get Traffic To Your Website Free.
Have you had success with some high ticket programs? If so, I would love to hear about them in the comments below!