List of Best Affiliate Programs for the WordPress Niche

WordPress is not only a CMS (content management system) – it is also a means of earning a living for many people. Many developers and freelancers are making a living from their use of WordPress, by selling themes, plugins, services or consultancy. And for those who are not into development, WordPress can also be used to earn money through product promotion. What this means is that you can endorse someone’s product with your special tracking link (affiliate link), and you will get a commission from the associated sales.

Read and learn: What is Affiliate Marketing & FAQ

Affiliate for WordPress Niche

Particularly if you are blogging on WordPress, you can easily recommend a premium product that you are using (most of the premium WordPress products have an affiliate program), and when a user buys the product based on your referral, you will be making money from the process. This income could amount to anywhere from $1-$500 per product.

In this post I will be sharing some of the top affiliate programs for WordPress bloggers. Most of these affiliate programs are open to everyone, so you can join all of them, and promote the ones that suit your taste and style. You can refer to my guide on “how to promote affiliate products on your blog“, to get a better understanding of how you can promote these WordPress premium products.

Some recommended WordPress products for affiliate marketing:

WordPress affiliate products can easily be classified into following general categories:

  • WordPress Premium Plugins
  • WordPress Premium Themes
  • WordPress hosting
  • WordPress backup-management products

Before I share my list, here are few things that you need to know:

  1. Get a PayPal account: Most of these affiliate programs offer payment via PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account, Get one now.
  2. If you are using any particular premium WordPress product and you don’t see the affiliate program overview in this list, simply Google “product name + affiliate program“, and you will find the details of the affiliate program for that product.
  3. Join all: Joining all of these affiliate programs is easy and free. I suggest you join all of them, and get on their mailing lists. This way you will receive their latest coupon codes, promotional matters, and useful insights about their products. You may not be promoting all of the products, but the affiliate promotional information you will get from the emails will be of good use.

Let’s get on with our list, and find out what some of the most popular WordPress affiliate programs are, and how you can promote them on your blog toward a handsome income.

WordPress themes affiliate program:

Unlike in the past, there are currently tons of WordPress premium theme affiliate programs out there. I have worked with a few of them for my niche WordPress theme blog, and for ShoutMeLoud. Based on my experience with them, I’m sharing some of the most highly recommended ones here:

Elegant Themes Affiliate program:

Elegant themes affiliate payout

Elegant WordPress Themes are one of the easiest and most highly convertible affiliate programs for WordPress bloggers. Despite relatively inactive promotion, I have made over $3,200 with their affiliate program. The reason for the excellent conversion of their products is the low prices. They offer 86 premium themes for $39 (in various categories), and themes are regularly updated.

Here are the essential features of their program:

  • You earn 50% from each sale
  • You will get a commission for yearly renewal (lifetime affiliate)
  • Payout is via PayPal

Join Elegant Themes Affiliate program

Genesis Themes:

Genesis Affiliate program

Genesis is one of the top WordPress theme frameworks out there, and many bloggers swear by it. Undoubtedly, with the unfortunate downfall of the Thesis theme, Genesis turned out to be the most popular theme framework. Unlike other theme networks, Genesis is priced on the higher side, and is used by professional bloggers or serious online businesses. Genesis’s framework and skins are quite easy to promote, as the company has a great brand name in the market. With just a quick promotion, you can earn a significant amount of money.

  • You will get 35% commission on every sale
  • Two-tier affiliate program
  • Program is managed by ShareASale, and payout is via bank transfer or ACH.
  • 60-day cookies

Join StudioPress Affiliate program

FameThemes:

FameThemes Affilaites

FameThemes is a relatively new WordPress theme marketplace, but I have noticed high conversions on their landing page. Recently I promoted a code light responsive theme from FameThemes, and this theme converted well. Their product is top-notch, and you can easily earn a decent income by promoting them.

  • 50% commission on every bill
  • 50% commission on re-bills
  • Tracking cookies are set for 365 days
  • Payment via PayPal and minimum payout is $50

Join FameThemes affiliate program

These are some of the themes affiliate programs that work for me. There are many more that you can join, including ThemeForest affiliate program and Theme Junkie affiliate program.

WordPress plugins affiliate program:

When it comes to premium WordPress plugins, the list is endless. I have promoted a few in the past to earn a few thousand dollars, but there is not a single plugin that you can stick with for a long period of time. The WordPress premium plugins marketplace is very competitive, and every day a new or better product emerges.

So, if you are trying to get into the plugins promotion niche, you need to be active in terms of knowing what products are currently the best on the market, and how they work.

Instead of referring to any product directly, I will share the marketplace that you can join in an effor to earn from the plugins’ affiliate.

Tip: As previously mentioned, WordPress plugins have a limited time in the marketplace, and you need to sign-up individually for most of the products. A majority of plugins are sold via Clickbank, which is easier to link to directly. You should search for product affiliate programs manually, or find a high-selling plugin to promote.

ClickBank:

Clickbank WordPress marketplace

ClickBank is one of the most popular affiliate marketplaces out there, and is a hub for affiliate marketers. Joining ClickBank is easy, and once you have signed up, you will have your ClickBank username (for example: denharsh).

Most of the premium WordPress plugins affiliate programs are managed by ClickBank, and you need to get the hop link.

Following is a quick example:

The InstaBuilder plugin affiliate program is managed by Clickbank (CB), and on their affiliate page you will see a link that looks like this:

http://clickbankusername.stheresia.hop.clickbank.net

Simply replace, clickbankusername with your own username, and your affiliate link will look like this:

http://denharsh.stheresia.hop.clickbank.net.

This will be the same for all of the themes and plugins managed by ClickBank.

Join ClickBank

Warrior Forum:

I have previously written about WarriorForum’s affiliate program, so I will not get into additional details here. I chose EasyWPSEO and a few other plugins from their affiliate program, and they converted very well. If you missed my previously published guide, you can refer to the following guide:

JVZoo:

JVZoo Affiliate marketplace

JVZoo is another affiliate marketplace like ClickBank, and is widely used by Internet marketers. You will find some amazing WordPress products out there (plugins & themes) which you can easily promote. Most of these products are launched by Internet marketers, who know what we as bloggers require, and that makes the product very useful. Joining their program is easy and free.

  • Payout via PayPal
  • Lifetime cookies

Join JVZoo affiliate program

GravityForms plugin:

Gravity Forms plugin

GravityForms is one of the most recommended premium contact form plugins for WordPress. This plugin has a featured pack, and due to a large number of tutorials, this plugin is marketed very well. You can easily promote this plugin in your blog posts, or via banner ads.

  • Affiliate program is managed by eJunkie
  • 20% commission on sale price
  • Payment via PayPal

Join GravityForms affiliate program

WordPress Webhosting:

Webhosting is one of the highest paying niches in affiliate marketing. If you are promoting WordPress products on your blog, the webhosting niche will help you to earn a very significant commission on every sale. Gautam has already covered the basics of webhosting affiliates for bloggers.  Following are my suggestions of some of the WordPress hosting programs which you should definitely join:

Shared hosting:

shared hosting affiliate program

These are some of the best shared hosting affiliate programs for your blog. All of these shared hosting affiliate programs are recommended based on experience and conversions:

Managed WordPress hosting:

The marketplace for managed WordPress hosting is growing, and since it is a costly product, payout is usually high. Here is a list of recommended managed WordPress affiliate programs available:

Miscellaneous WordPress products with affiliate programs:

Here are some of the products which are recommended for WordPress, and also work well as affiliate programs:

  • ManageWP affiliate program: A product to manage multiple WordPress blogs from a single dashboard. High-quality product, and good commission payout.
  • WPMuDev’s affiliate program : Huge collection of premium WordPress products. Particularly if your blog targets WordPress multi-sites, you can find some amazing affiliate products to promote here.

These are the major WordPress affiliate programs that contribute to my monthly income reports.

I would love to know about any new products and other affiliate programs related to WordPress that have been working well for you. Use the comments section below to tell me your thoughts.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a professional blogger. He loves to read & write about Blogging, SEO, WordPress, Make money online & technology. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives more than half a million PV in a month, and is an award winning blog.

COMMENTs ( 40 )

  1. Anwer Ashif says

    Hey Harsh, There are many fans recommend your blog and you from Bangladesh. Thanks for sharing your outstanding list. I’m going to create an niche review site of WordPress products. As you mentioned, most of the affiliate program pay via PayPal. But you know PayPal isn’t available in Bangladesh. As a newbie what should I do.

    I should mention that there are various options available to create an PayPal account from Bangladesh. But none of those are legal. My PayPal account has restricted with $70 three months ago. Is there live any legal option for such a person like me?

    • says

      @Anwar
      I can understand your problem, and it’s seriously sad that PayPal is not yet in Bangladesh. I hope they do launch their services in Bangladesh. For now what you can do is:
      Join these affiliate programs
      Usually after joining you will get the welcome email or on the sign up page, you can find the email of the program affiliate manager. You can email them & ask for an alternative payment option. Tell them your plan of opening a Niche based WordPress site. Or you can also wait for few days until you make initial sales, and mail them. (The 2nd option will have better response from the affiliate managers).
      You can use Payoneer or any other PayPal alternative which is available in your country. Do share what you did, and how you solved this problem.

  2. says

    Hey Harsh!
    I am a new and frequent reader of your blog, and I love your writing. I used to print your articles with the print friendly addon but now it is not available, I have to use the Chrome Extension for that purpose now. You should add it back to make your Blog more user friendly.

  3. says

    This is very very helpful & informative. I was always confused how affiliate program works & how we promote products but after reading this article, I realized that its easy to start this business by just putting hard work on it. Well I’m going to try this now & I hope it works.

  4. Akhil K A says

    Hey Harsh.

    Thanks for the list. Did you heard about jvzoo.com? I just joined as an affliate. But, some sites are saying jvzoo is scam. What’s your opinion?

    Thanks.

    Akhil

  5. Nishant Thakur says

    Hi Harsh,

    This is really very valuable article.

    I have one question regarding ipage and fatcow affiliate programs. They are asking to fill a Tax IRS Form W-8BEN for Non-US residents.

    How to fill that? Which information to put exactly there?

  6. Jeeshan says

    Hello Harsh,
    I’ve started affiliation marketing. and widely I am promoting elegant theme. Please tell me what is conversion rate. After a few days I got 15 unique click but no sold. Can you help me to tell what is the avg conversion rate ?

  7. says

    I love the famethemes Affiliate program. Their themes are modern and attractive thats why selling them is not a tough job :) and also they provide a good amount of commission.

  8. Adam W. Warner says

    Hi Harsh,

    This is indeed a great list, and I personally promote almost all of them.

    I’m also the Co-founder of FooPlugins and welcome you to have a look at the plugins we offer, eespecially our FooBox media lightbox plugin and consider it for yourself and also for your list in this post. We pay out 33% and are a committed team of WordPress community members having many free plugins in the repo and also speaking and attending many WordCamps yearly.

    The link to our aff program is in my signature above;)

    Adam

  9. Abhijit Mahida says

    Yup,promoting WordPress themes are proving great for new
    affiliates becuase of their less price they sell fast and earn good
    money for them.MyThemeShop is also a good option for running
    affiliate programs.

  10. says

    Thank you for the list, i have interest on jvoo and am going to explore it even more.
    I need to start earning again with Affiliate sales with my make money online site.
    Thanks.

    • says

      @Abhishek
      Can’t comment much on that as I have not promoted them actively. So far it made couple of conversions which I consider decent with the amount of effort I put in..

  11. Ama says

    Another good affiliate program is TeslaTheme’s affiliate program. They pay 50% of all sales and the conversion rate is very high.

  12. says

    Hi Harsh!
    I think you was missed CommentLuv Affiliate Program. CommentLuv is a most-used WordPress plugin for blogging niche and their Affiliate program is very good with 50% commission, no minimum payout.
    By the way, thank for great list.

  13. says

    I thinking after money-making niche wordpress niche has highest number of affiliate products but to reach to the level of wordpress pro you need at least two years of extensive blogging and after that you would be able to write impressive reviews and people would be buying your recommended product after considering you authority in your niche

  14. says

    Harsh, I sincerely appreciate you for empowering thousands of Blogger with the right knowledge, and also the motivation. Highly Appreciated ! Love you for that :)

  15. says

    Hello Harsh…..

    That’s a great list. I just now about fame themes affiliate program after reading your article. I think you can also add MyThemeShop affiliate programs under WordPress Premium Themes section.

    Regards,

  16. Puneet aggarwal says

    Awesome List of Affiliate Programs Will definitely try on my personal website
    Thanks for giving such an wonderful list
    Regards
    Puneet

  17. Lakhyajyoti says

    Another great post. Most of the affiliate programs you have mentioned in your post are new to me. Surely I’ll try few of them. thanks for the share.

  18. sandhu brothers says

    thanks for this sir i am going to start affilate now by getting 50 % on every sale. very nice online affilate tips to join…..

  19. hardluckstrome says

    Hello Harsh
    Well I have just started blogging and many bloggers suggests using affiliates over normal publishers.
    I was looking for detailed tutorial for Direct Ad sales but couldn’t found sufficient amount of information.

  20. Divya Khan says

    I love wordpress niche then any other niche because their affiliate % is massive and huge to the publisher.

  21. Manish says

    Thanks Harsh, I am very new in affiliate marketing. I was searching for this information. In your july income report i asked you describe affiliate earning. Now i got idea.
    Thanks once again.

  22. Yogendra Sharma says

    Thank you for explaining and inspiring us. Super Affiliate Bluehost is just secret and Hostgator give 75$ per sale, it is also hidden or available for few, which inspire me to promote these products more. :)

  23. says

    Thanks for sharing these good Affiliate Programs . Currently I’m participating in iPage Affiliate Program . They Pay me $105 Per Sale . So I think you should also include iPage Affiliate Program in Shared hosting .

  24. Rohit Kumar says

    Hello,
    I want to know that can anyone can get affiliate programs. And how much it has benefits to any WordPress blog. If WordPress blog is 7 months old.
    Thanks and Regards,
    Rohit Kumar

  25. says

    Even though Clickbank is the best market place to pick products and sell them in ease, I think being a Theme affiliate is a great idea too.
    And if you’re promoting the Theme or Product which your audience know that you’re using, it’ll really boost the sales. Right?

    Well put article once again Harsh. Thanks.

    • says

      @Amal
      One tip which I have learned being an affiliate marketer is: Don’t limit yourself to few or specific products. Diversify your products.
      In this case, we are talking WordPress niche: And a good idea is to add plugins or other products too.
      On your point: If you create a WordPress blog just about themes, indeed it will work great… (Tried and tested)…

      • says

        That’s a good list Harsh. And as, you’ve rightly said about theme conversions. Having an explicit site or blog specific to any product will have more conversions than normal blogs.

        Regards
        Phanindra

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