How to Promote DreamHost Hosting with Promo, and Earn Money

In a previous post, I wrote about making money online using DreamHost’s affiliate program, and I promised that I would follow up with a post demonstrating how you can promote the DreamHost affiliate program. I have chosen to share this information with you because DreamHost is an affiliate program that has worked for me, and I have made a good passive income with it. This means that you can, too!

Promote Dreamhost Hosting

To get started,if you have not joined DreamHost’s affiliate program, you can join now for free.

Join DreamHost’s affiliate program

For the purpose of the remainder of this tutorial, we’ll assume that you have an affiliate account with DreamHost and that you have used your credentials to log in to the DreamHost panel.

How to create a DreamHost discount code for your blog readers

DreamHost’s affiliate program allows you to create a promo code which you can offer to your readers so that they can in turn get a discount when purchasing DreamHost. You can generate a discount of up to $97 for your readers. I suggest, however, that you create your discount coupon for $50 maximum, as this will help you to make some money when your readers use the discount as well.

Once you are inside the panel, click on Billing & account > Affiliates. Click on “Create Your Own Promo Codes!” at the bottom of the page.


You will also be able to see all the promo codes that you have created to date.

Dreamhost Promos

Create Dreamhost promo code



I suggest that you create a promo code with a meaningful name. In the past, I  have created SML50 coupon code for ShoutMeLoud, and other similar memorable names for other blogs. You will want to use a name that is easily recalled, and that is related to your brand.

You have the option to add extra goodies such as an additional domain name, private IP and so on. Remember, though, that these would decrease your affiliate income.

DreamHost gives you a maximum of $97 commission on every sale. So for example, if you are giving a discount of $50 for every sale, you will be making $47 on each sale. Again, I generally suggest creating a promo code for a $50 discount.

Once you have entered your information into all of the required field, click on “Create this promo code now”. You will see the message “promo code successfully generated”, or if that promo code name already exists, you will be asked to select a different code name.

Linking the promo code to your affiliate link:

When you log in to your DreamHost panel and click on the  rewards tab, you will see your affiliate link.

Dreamhost Rewards


In this case, my affiliate link is

Now all I need to do is add my promo code after my affiliate link. So, for example, to link my SML50 promo code, which offers a $50 discount, I will use this link:|SML50

So now, whenever a user signs up using this promo code, he will get a $50 discount on hosting.

In short, all you need to do is to simply add your promo code after your affiliate link.

Why a $50 promo code?

Some time back I created a DreamHost $97 discount code that is the maximum discount one can offer. Many ShoutMeLoud readers signed up for DreamHost using that code (SML97) to get a $97 discount, but they received only a $50 discount.

DreamHost’s customer service representatives noted that for certain regions, the maximum possible discount is $50. However, for some reason DreamHost is not revealing which countries are eligible for the $97 discount and which countries are not.

So instead of creating a false alarm for your readers, simply create a $50 discount code. 

How to promote DreamHost’s affiliate program

At this point you know how to create a promo code and add it after your DreamHost affiliate link.

Now let’s have a look at how to promote DreamHost through the affiliate program:

  • You can share a discount coupon via a blog post
  • You can add the banner on your sidebar
  • You can send it via an email newsletter

DreamHost also offers a free 15-day trial, so you can use that as one of the best marketing promotions for your DreamHost affiliate program.

More detail:  How to signup for a free Dreamhost trial account

Affiliate payment

Users who are in countries other than India can receive money via Paypal or check, but for Indian affiliate users, payment by check is the only available option. I will say, however, that I have received my checks within the appropriate time-frame each month.  (If you become a premium affiliate as I am, you can request your payments every month.)

What next?

I have shared one of my top money-making formulas with you in this post, and I hope you will benefit from the information. Make sure you take advantage of help from the tutorial to make some significant money, and add the results to your monthly income report.

Sign up for Dreamhost’s affiliate program

Here is a quick video on generating a promo code using the DreamHost Panel:

Let me know if you have any questions regarding DreamHost’s affiliate program. Feel free to use the comments section below for your questions and comments.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 30 )

  1. aravinnth says

    harish how can we generate promo code for WordPress or VPS hosting in Dreamhost. I can make only for share hosting. but I need to make promo code VPS and WordPress hosting also

  2. says

    Hi Harsh , Thanks for this grt info . i am a newbie and have been reading and experimenting for sometime to enter niche marketing and affilate thing . this info about custom coupons will be of great help in my course. Thank you :)
    also could you please tell if there are any other products for which we can create custom coupons?? i contacted bemrush n was turned down by theit reply that only 1 year old customers will get custom codes.
    i would be grateful to you if u could hrlp me with these two doubts . :)
    thanks for sharing

  3. Saurabh says

    hey harsh,

    I have a question, lets say i created a coupon and someone used it to buy hosting and then he created coupon and another person buys from his coupon, will i be able to get small rewards like in other programs ??


  4. Tauseef Alam says

    Hi Harsh

    I’m new to Dreamhost affiliate. Last month i started promoting them and luckily made approx 20 sales, But still no commission is being showing up in my account. I contacted their support team and they replied that commission takes 15 days time to reflect in your account.

    Now 15 days period has also been over but no commission. As per your experience with them, how long does it take to get the commission credit to your account after the sale.

    Tauseef Alam

    • says

      In that case get in touch with Dreamhost Affiliate and ask them for a clarification. So far I never had any such issue but if it’s happening with you, I believe there must be some mistake. Do let me know the results..

  5. Nizam Khan says

    Awesome and much useful post! Well, Dreamhost is one of the best hosting service, however I didn’t know about the $97 can only get $50 discount as you mentioned it’s not clear which countries are eligible for full $97 discount. So, I agree it’s better to create a discount code of $50. Thanks for making it clear Harsh and tweeted :)

  6. Punit says

    Hi Harsh, can you please help me that how to use the promo code which i have created from DreamHost affiliation program. Can you please share some in detail guideline. Thank you.

  7. Joy says

    Hi Harsh,
    I have been hosting my site with dreamhost but dont know about the Affiliate marketing.Now only i am trying to work around Affiliate marketing. Thanks for the post.Have created my first affiliate link

    When do we receive our check from dreamhost?Is there any minimum amount to reach.


  8. Kunal says

    Success mantra’s are always kept secret, but I’m feeling so good to read a post where a person has revealed his money making idea so well.
    Well everyone dont share their way of making money, felt really good to read your this post.

  9. Anup @ HackTutors says

    Very comprehensive post. I already created post to promote my affiliate link on my blog :)

    Thanks for the good information :)

  10. Tech Maish says

    Harsh really this is wonderful way of making decent amount of money. I never heard about this before. Thanks for sharing this, i will try this.

  11. Sathish says

    Hi Harsh, Thanks for providing a wonderful tutorial. I am using Dreamhost affiliate program for 3 months, but I didn’t have any success still now. Hope I will earn some money from their affiliate program soon. Thanks again for writing an useful Guide.

      • Vijay says

        Harsh the same here, Me too didn’t made money from affiliate marketing. And you didn’t said me that for Indian customer can get 97$ coupon? To say the truth my hosting on fatcow is going to complete one year and I am not having more money to renew my hosting. :( So only asking about the dreamhost 97$.

        • says

          Hey Vijay
          When I wrote about $97 discount code, I had no idea that Indian customer can’t get $97 off. It’s when one Indian user signed up and informed me about the issue.
          Meanwhile how’s your experience with Fatcow? Never heard good review about them.
          If you have just single domain, move to Hostgator hatchling plan which is also cheap else you can sign up for Dreamhost with $50 Discount + 1 free domain with coupon code: SML50

          • Vijay says

            While I started with Fatcow last year, it was not good enough. But now it provided more features and layout design to help customers. They are interacting with customers with helpful ideas too. They newly launched the serviceman to help wordpress users too. Enjoying $ is problem for me else I will remain the same for next year too. After this renewal I survive my blog like an empire king to hit top 5 Indian bloggers list if I joined with you..waiting :)

  12. Imran@TechiesBlog says

    DreamHost are the best hosting and excellent service, Their Affiliate program is also awesome. Harsh I will register to Dreamhost Affiliate program immediately.

  13. Vijay says

    Thanks for providing step by step guide for beginners. And I need to get clear my query- If you provided 97$ discount code means for every referral you will receive 0$ ? And another query 97$ discount is eligible for Indian customers?

    • says

      Hey Vijay
      Yes you got it right.
      $97 Discount means $0 commission for you.
      $50 discount means $47 your commission.
      One of ShoutMeloud reader signed up for Dreamhost using our $97 discount code but he got only $50 discount and when I pinged their live chat for support on this, they confirmed that for many regions $50 is maximum possible discount.

      • Nirpendra Patel says

        actually i registered from your link and too happy, they billed me only $24.40 for full one year. thanks for your discount coupon “SML97”