List of the 16 Best WordPress Affiliate Programs
WordPress is the top most popular publishing system for creating websites online. It is free to use. However, a lot of companies are offering premium web design themes and plugins for it. And even though WordPress can be hosted on most web hosting plans, a lot of hosts are offering tailored plans suitable for WordPress.
Big on WordPress themes and other web themes and templates. They’ve been around for a long time now and have got a huge selection of WordPress themes with over 2,400 different ones.
They share some stats on their website: 5 million buyers, 1,600 authors, and close to 50,000 products.
Template Monster has an active blog with tips on how to promote their products.
The affiliate commission is dependent on how many sales you can send each month. Starting at 30% it is already a pretty high paying program. For the first bump to 35%, you need to send more than 19 sales.
I like that they also pay for returning customers. You’ll get a 10% commission for sales made by returning customers.
Almost like an affiliate network for web design and other creative work. The Envato Market consists of several marketplaces where people can sell and buy web templates, themes, scripts, video clips, audio clips and much more. These are the go-to sites for many webmasters and web designers to get the best creative work to use for their work.
Theme Forest which I believe is their largest and most well known site has listed 28,009 website templates and themes. In total on the Envato Market there are over 9 million creative works. This includes over 590.000 photos and 83.000 video clips.
You can link directly to any page and product within these marketplaces and be rewarded decently for sending new customers.
Many blogs and other websites online use affiliate programs like this for insipiration to create new content. And also monetizing the content at the same time. Examples of what i mean could be blog posts with titles like “Top 10 fashion blog WordPress themes” with nice screenshots of each theme and deep links to where visitors can learn more about and buy the themes.
InkThemes has pretty popular marketplace website. They list over 2.300 WordPress themes, close to 300 plugins, as well as close to 300 PHP scripts for sale on their website.
They’ve also got some graphics, like infographic and flyer designs element packs.
All products pay 30% revenue share.
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This web host is a premium WordPress hosting provider with high commission rates. Affiliates get $200 CPA or 100% revenue share for the initial month of hosting, whichever is higher. WP Engine prices start at $35/mo and goes up to $290/mo. They also offer custom hosting solutions that can cost more. All plans come with professional WordPress themes, free migrations and 24/7 chat support.
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You can also earn really nice $50 2-tier commissions for sales generated by your referred affiliates.
You’ll also get to earn one of five different bonuses each month if you can send over 5 sales in any given month. The smallest bonus is currently $100 and you’ll get that for sending 5 sales. If you can send 10 sales you’ll get $250 and if you can generate even more sales you will qualify for higher monthly bonuses of up to $1500.
Kinsta offers top of the shelf managed WordPress hosting with white-glove website migrations included with most plans. Currently, they also offer unlimited free migrations from WP Engine – another top WP host with an affiliate program part of the ShareASale network.
Each plan has a 30-day money-back guarantee and includes a free premium CDN from KeyCDN.
All plans include 24/7 expert WP support and are hosted on fast Google data centers. You can choose from over 20 global locations.
My Theme Shop is a well-established WordPress theme shop for single themes and membership site for full access to all ~100 premium themes and ~20 premium plugins. The site has some plugins and themes are available for free.
They state on their website that they’ve got over 650,000 customers.
55% of sales makes this a really high paying affiliate program compared with other web design affiliate programs. Memberships for full access to the themes and plugins are currently priced at $99.47/year and single licenses from $27 to $47.
You can make good money with this affiliate program if you have the right traffic that converts.
Creative Market is a large marketplace for a lot of web design, photo and other design related items. Not quite as popular as their competitor, Envato Market, though.
They also have a different commission rate. While Envato Market pays 30% revenue share for the first purchase or deposit, Creative Market pays 10% recurring for a full year. I don’t think there should be too much difference in the total commission you earn with either one of these affiliate programs.
However, Creative Market also offers a subscription based model for customers that want access to hundreds of thousands of assets for a fixed monthly price, with download limits. If you can refer customers to this membership, you’ll get rewarded nicely at $5/mo to $20/mo for up to a year from each customer.
Note though that their price point is lower than many other SEO products. They charge $9/mo. This means you can earn $4.5/mo for each referred customer.
SEOPressor Connect, which is the product you can promote with this affiliate program is a premium WordPress plugin that has been sold over 100,000 times.
The affiliate program is part of the ClickBank affiliate network.
I am a LiteSpeed customer myself. I believe they have a great tech that helps webmasters getting their websites loading faster and use fewer resources of their server compared with the traditional Apache web server.
I believe their tech is especially useful for WordPress websites.
Faster loading websites are great not only for the customer experience and conversions but also improves SEO.
I am happy that this affiliate program has a recurring commission model. It is also great that they will not only continue to pay the commissions if the customer upgrades their license but increase it.
If you are their customer you can instantly activate your affiliate account without providing any additional information.
Themify is a premium WordPress theme and plugin club. They’ve currently got 42 themes and 12 plugins. They’ve also got a WordPress drag and drop website builder with 25 add-ons.
The pricing is $39 for all of those add-ons. A single theme costs $59 and access to all themes and plugins are just a little more pricey at $89 for a year of access to updates and new themes, add-ons and plugins.
Another option they’ve got is to pay once for full lifetime access. This is currently priced at $249.
One of their most advertised plugins is the Post Type Builder that gives a nice interface with lots of settings for creating custom post types. It is priced at $49.
Unfortunately, they do not offer a recurring affiliate commission for customers that renew their memberships after the initial year. They offer a 60-day cookie.
Elegant Themes has been around for a long time designing great premium WordPress themes. They offer a rather cheap membership that grants access to all of their themes.
Elegant Themes is the web design company that has managed to create the most popular WordPress theme in the world – and gosh do they have competition, so that is really a mark of honor. This is the Divi theme.
Currently, a membership to this site costs $89/year or $249/lifetime. They pay affiliates a handsome 50% recurring revenue share.
Great for integrating SEO services with your business and giving your clients a fully branded SEO dashboard.This white label solution is currently only available for agencies.
Some of the tools included with SEO Reseller is: White label website audit, keyword research, on-page optimization, content creation, organic link acquisition and of course keyword rank tracking.
The software suite integrates with Google Analytics for traffic data and also with Google Ads.
It also features tools like marketing automation and customer CRM. Just discovered that they also offer white label WordPress web design services, on demand webdevelopment hours for WordPress sites, PPC landing page optimization, and more. There’s really so much to this affiliate program that it should be a suitable partner for a lot of webmaster service related businesses.
DreamHost has the best money-back guarantee lasting an amazing 97 days. This also means that you will have to wait 97 days for commissions to be paid to your affiliate account though.
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Commission rates depend on what kind of web hosting plan your referral purchases as well as if they go with a monthly or a yearly billing cycle.
The affiliate program for WP Manage Ninja has a decent commission rate of 20%.
With it, you can promote several premium WordPress plugins, including FluentCRM which is a self-hosted email marketing automation plugin for WordPress. It costs $129/year for a single site license. Then there’s the WP Fluent Forms Pro plugin which is $59/year for the cheapest license. This is a form builder plugin. In addition to several other plugins as well.
WP Mange Ninja also sells premium WordPress themes. In total, there are 5 different themes you can promote. This includes a medical theme, a restaurant theme, a multipurpose theme, a theme for education, researcher & professor-related usage, and a WooCommerce & blogging theme for women.
Several years ago I created a white label web design theme shop with these guys which was very easy to set up.
This is the white label affiliate program for Template Monster. They’ve separated it. I don’t know why.
If you rather just send traffic to a popular marketplace for themes and templates, instead of your own store on your own domain, you should join the Template Monster affiliate program instead.
I am using it on most of my WordPress websites, and have been for a while now. Their contact forms are quick and easy to install and offer anti-spam technology and much more.
There are 4 different price points, and you can earn 20% of sales.
- Basic License is $39.50 – you earn $7.90
- Plus License is $99.50 – you earn $19.90
- Pro License is $199.50 – you earn $39.90
- Elite License is $299.50 – you earn $59.90