How to Make Money from Hostgator’s Affiliate Program

Hostgator Affiliate Program

I have been an affiliate partner with Hostgator for more than four years now. Every month I make around $800 from Hostgator’s affiliate program.

If you are new to Hostgator, you should check out our Hostgator review.

Hostgator offers unlimited hosting with quality customer support, and being a user of Hostgator myself, I have no hesitation referring someone to Hostgator. Indeed, this is a win-win situation for me. I recommend one of the finest shared hosting services to people, and every successful referral makes a minimum of $50 for me.

Have you ever considered that instead of paying for hosting, you could make money from Hostgator’s hosting service?

Like most other hosting services, Hostgator offers an affiliate program.

Hostgator Affiliate Program

Hostgator affiliate program Review:

Hostgator’s affiliate program is available to everyone, and you don’t even need to have a hosting account with Hostgator to sign up.

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How to get started with Hostgator’s affiliate program:

Before we get into detail about Hostgator’s affiliate program, here is a quick report of proof of income from Hostgator’s affiliate program:

Hostgator Affiliate Income

Signing up with Hostgator’s affiliate program is easy, and anyone can join any time. Simply go to the Hostgator site and click on “affiliate”, and sign up for a free affiliate account.

Once you have signed up with Hostgator, go to your account information and update your payment settings.

Hostgator Affiliate Panel

Payment options

You can get paid by check or PayPal. For easy and quick payment, I would suggest using Paypal.

Hostgator Payment Option

Custom coupon code

Hostgator allows you to create a custom coupon code that allows you to offer 25% off or a $9.94 coupon code. (Note: never use your own coupon code for signing up!)

This coupon code will be very useful for branding. For example, I have created coupon codes “ShoutMeLoud”, “ShoutMeLoud25” “WPhostingdiscount”, and so on. This way, I can offer different customized coupons for my various websites.

Use your opportunities to create a coupon code wisely, as the limit for custom coupon codes is 10.

Custom Coupon Code

Unlimited affiliate income

The best thing about the Hostgator affiliate program is the fact that they pay according to the number of referrals received. For example, based on the number of people you refer to Hostgator, you will be earning as follows:

  • 9 * $75: $675
  • 11* $100: $1100
  • 21 *$125: $2625

Some issues with Hostgator’s Affiliate Program

Many users have reported being unpaid for referrals to Hostgator’s affiliate program, and many referrals show as inactive or fraudulent.

Hostgator Fraud Issues

Hostgator pays only for an active account. They will not pay for an account that was never uploaded to the website on their server. Moreover, a user can sign up for only one hosting account. If they sign up for another hosting account, the referral is voided.

Update: You can Join Hostgator Affiliate Program on ImpactRadius

So far, I have not faced any issues with Hostgator’s affiliate program, and I have been successfully running it for a year. At the time of the writing of this post, Hostgator has paid me a total of $12,000+, and another $4000 is unpaid. It has worked for me, and if you use the program properly, this hosting affiliate program will work for you, too.

Sign up for Hostgator’s affiliate program.

Were you aware that you could make this kind of money from Hostgator’s affiliate program, or is this concept new to you?
Feel free to ask questions or share your experience in the comments section below.
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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 ( 67 )

  1. Nomar says

    Glad I have found this post. This gives me motivation again to put some extra marketing effort in my hostgator quest to richdom (haha)!

  2. says

    I created my first Hostgator affiliate website after reading your article. I’m glad that I’m using Hostgator but I hope to make the same income as you someday.

  3. says

    Very useful post sir! I am starting out with Hostgator and based on your excellent review.. I think i will be going ahead with them..

    Thanks once again

  4. krishnaa says

    if i got 1 subscriber and he brought the hosting package but he host the website after 3-6 months or later, then at that time will the hostgator pay me or not?

  5. db says

    I recently moved a client’s site and domain to Hostgator. I thought maybe the affiliate link didn’t work since I didn’t receive a confirmation email. Unfortunately, their affiliate program has no phone support so I’ve tried to email them twice in the last couple of weeks to confirm the sale is from me. No response at all. Basically, if they decide to ignore you there is nothing you can do.

  6. says

    I have had a problem with them paying me.

    I started with them in and none of my sales were tracked I could only prove 4 of my sales because I had their contact info, credit card info, so far this doesn’t seem good enough to prove they should pay.

    I have been deal with support since May on this issue I was suppose to be paid on June 1st still waiting.

    Suggestion, go find someone else to market.

    I went to another host in June and did $2,400 in sales.

  7. Kay Jay says

    Hi Harsh

    Great post! I wanted to ask:

    Is the commission the same for all 3 packages?

    For example, if someone signs up for the hatchling plan, will the commission be the same as the baby or business plan?

  8. Prateek Tripathi says

    My question is that- How is Hostgator gaining through these affiliate programs?

    I mean, consider that I got 10 signups for Hostgator, and each signup costs 15$, making Hostgator’s earnings= 10×15$=150$.

    Whereas, my earnings according to their offerings would be 10×75$=750$?????

    Maybe, because for us its a onetime earning, but for Hostgator, the users would be paying 15$ each month. So in that way its a long tern earning policy for Hostgator.

    But here is the catch! What if most of the users registered, put up a site as well, but used it only for a month or so? wouldn’t it be a loss for Hostgator then?

  9. says

    Hi Harsh,
    Thats a big time money dude. Good job.
    I just wanted to know if you use a third party tracking software to track the sales. How do you do it? Does Hostgator allow you to put third party tracking pixels on their ‘Thank You’ page? I am a bit worried about tracking. There must be people who dont use any other tracking mechanism to cross check the sales. Is it fine??? Is Hostgator reliable enough to report true sales…

    Just a query from my side. Do reply soon…and keep up the good work…:)

  10. Nitin says

    Hello Harsh,
    Is there any article on your website to fill Form W8-BEN (for foreign residents and companies) on Hostgator.
    Because I started my website recently. and i got commisiion on Hostgator but they are requiring to fill form W8-BEN for non US resident.

    I have PAN card(India) only and have a bank account and active Paypal account.
    I am getting so problems to fill these form because I have no “SSN or ITIN or EIN”, “Reference number(s)” and all below text field in hostgator affiliation.

    So please allow me to know “How to fill this form”
    Must reply.
    Thanks in advance.

  11. Tarun Gautam says

    I have a doubt!!!! I checked Hostgator-In website and there the rate for per signup is different.i am lil confused abt it ..Do they pay according to signup location or clear my thoughts suppose I got a sale from India so i will get a comission as per Hostgtor.Com or .in ???

  12. says

    Thank you so much Mr. Harsh Agrawal for sharing your knowledge with us. i am really njoy your article and whenever i visit your blog i found something new.
    again thank you so much.

  13. says

    Hi Harsh, Your article is very useful I have one question i.e if any one only purchase hosting from hostgator using affiliate link or coupon and linked it from other domain which he purchased from other service provider like go-daddy etc. then an affiliate get commission or not?

  14. says

    Sir, kindly let me know one thing. If I promote the affiliate link on my facebook page also besides my website, will that violate any of HostGator’s policy or terms?

    • says

      You dan promote it on your Facebook page..That’s not against their policy… But if you are using Facebook ads or Google Ads to promote your affiliate link, you should check their name bidding policy…

  15. says

    I also made some good amount from HostGator affiliate program. Best way to generate more sale is, to promote the special offers like Black Friday.
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  16. Shahbaz Khatri says

    Hello Harsh,

    I just want to that if my 1 sale is listed as fraud now can i make it active again by doing something with my account plz reply me fast i m in a gr8 problem


    • says

      You can’t do anything to make such sale active…. Only if you know the guy who bought the hosting, and if he never had a Hostgator account with registered Email Id which he used for signing up, you can contact their support team, and give them the info…. It might work..

  17. George says

    Hi Harsh, I recently landed on this blog and i thing that i can make a huge income but some are question in my mind like…
    * There are many offline people near me who ask me for getting their website made and If i refer them from my blogs hostgator banner, then will i be awarded commission for that ????

  18. Tanay Talesra says

    Harsh, suppose I request payment for my commission using PayPal. So will PayPal charge for this transaction? If yes, then how much will it deduct from $97?

  19. Esther Paul says

    This is nice and it will help many who like to go for web hosting as they can get things at discount price.

    So its win win for both.

    Thanks for the information Harsh

  20. Satheesh Kumar says

    Can you ever tried to get your amount via check from hostgator? Tell me the approx time when it will reach my city (Chennai)?

  21. Ammar Ali says

    Hi Harsh,
    I recently signed up for hostgator affiliate. And set my payment method via check because Paypal is not available in my country (Pakistan). I heard that Hostgator Checks never reaches. Is it true?

    • says

      Ammar if normal postal comes to your address without fail, I believe it won’t be an issue. Though, you should try and let us know your experience. Which is most likely to be positive, atleast with PayPal my experience with Hostgator aff, has always been positive.

  22. Michael Aulia says

    I’ve only managed to get a few sales a year even with good traffic per day. Either I’m doing something wrong or it’s because my blog is not in blogging niche

    • says

      @Michael It converts well only when you are getting targeted traffic. Specially, when people are looking for Hosting and then they see your ad or read your post. A normal visitor might click but will never convert into sales. It’s a better idea to get more targeted visitors.
      For the same, I have implemented a hosting blog and conversion on that blog is more than ShoutMeLoud, even with less traffic.
      You can check out at

  23. Ajay singh bisht says

    thats really big money…gosh ! people are not earning that much with adsense…good job harsh..

  24. Jasmine says

    Thank you for the sharing. It is really inspirational to see how much you are making every month from HostGator just by promoting them. Anyway, HostGator is really a very good web hosting company, I myself is hosting a few blogs and websites with them and so far I have only praises for them.

    My previous months revenue from them have been pretty good also. Your report further testifies this web hosting company!

    Let’s make some serious money from HostGator!

  25. Shekhar@AlongITdotcom says

    That really a nice income from one single source. It is really a boosting for their affiliate. I hope the trick used for promoting them is more important for earning.

  26. Rahul says

    “Hostgator pays only for active account and not for those account who signed up but never uploaded website on their server.”
    As you told earlier and later in comments too, that one can be a hostgator affiliate without having a hosting account with it. Please clear the “uploading of website” thing.

    • says

      If I buy a Webhosting package from Hostgator using your link, but don’t install WordPress, or host a Website on my hosting… It will be counted as inactive account.. And you will not receive a commission for the same…

  27. fazal mayar says

    thats big time money harsh, I also offer monthly hostgator coupon code on my blog but i need tips from you . :)

  28. doroki says

    This is great and amazing figure that you are earning from one affiliate account. Coupon Code details and effective use needs to be understand. But one more thing is that you need good traffic to your site. By the way it seems great way to earn money.

  29. Suraj @Smartfatblogger says

    Thanks for sharing this. Is it compulsory that you need to host on hostgator to become an affiliate?

    • Shekhar@AlongITdotcom says

      When you log into your account, you will see create custom coupon option their only.

  30. Michael Aulia says

    Wow, that’s some serious earnings from HostGator! I’m only able to get a few commissions so far. Should have worked harder like you to get more!

  31. Pratap Reddy says

    Till now i have tried affiliate products of my niche only. By reading this article i came to know that hosting companies also pays good affiliate commission. Thanks for the information.

  32. Pradeep Bhandari says

    I am no good in affiliate program but gonna give a try to hostgator affiliate program…btw you got a really good commission on feb :D

  33. Harry Sehgal says

    Thanks Harsh I am already using this Affiliate Program. Hostgator is the best Host Provider.

  34. Surender Markam says

    I think its needs lots of traffic to achieve this much of referral. btw thank you for sharing with us.

    • Jean-Michel Mailhot says

      I only get 40-80 uniques per day to my squeeze page and refers over 60 refs per month. You dont need lots of traffic, you simply need good conversion rate!

    • zack says

      u dont need lot trafic for 21 person per month can do easly by offering free web design in your town and force client to register from it use just wordpress free template and fire it up if u have 21 / month is 21*125

  35. Rahul Ghosh says

    Dude where do you market your hostgator service and by Referrals you mean Those who buy hosting packages right? How much commissions do i get for referring domain purchases.

    • says

      First, I won’t recommend buying domains from Hostgator, as they charge $15/domain, which is costlier than what you pay at Godaddy or ShoutMydomain.
      I usually promote it within blog post….. And yes, referral means when people go and buy it…(Affiliate commission)…
      They pay $50/sale for first 5
      $75 5-10 sales
      $100 10-20 sales
      For sales above 21, you will be getting $125 sale..

  36. ifham khan says

    I thinks it is the best and easiest way to earn lots of money. b/w I have a question that can we use refferal through mailing to people allowing them to use our refferal via email??

  37. shashank chinchli says

    GODaddy never paid me well. Switching to Hostgator !
    Planning to add a the banner besides LOGO of my blog.
    thanks for this post buddy.