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.
Elegant Themes: Premium WordPress Theme Membership Site
50% recurring revenue share.
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.
WP Engine: Top WordPress Web Host
WordPress web hosting.
$200 CPA or more. $50 2-tier commission.
This web host is a premium WordPresshosting 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.
Data centers in USA, Canada, EU, UK, Australia, Asia.
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.
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.
70% of sales makes this a really high paying affiliate program compared with other web design affiliate programs. Memberships are currently priced at $87 and single licenses from $27 to $47. This makes the current PPS rates $18.9 – $60.9!
Envato Market: Theme, Template, Graphic Design Store Affiliate Program
Theme Forest, Code Canyon, Video Hive, Audio Jungle, Graphic River, Photo Dune, 3D Ocean.
30% revenue share for first sale or first deposit.
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.
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 Share A Sale 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.
Big on WordPress themes and other web themes and templates. Been around for a long time now. I once a few years created a white label web design theme shop with these guys which was very easy to set up. The site has a brand new design now so it is much more pleasant to use, and conversions are probably higher now. They still have the white label store feature, they now call it ready-made store. You can find it by joining the affiliate program and then go to “your account” > “presets”.
They’ve got a nice 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.
SEO Reseller: White Label SEO Solution
SEO suite, web design services, PPC services, social media marketing, link building services, logo & branding.
You set your prices. 6% 2-tier commission, 1% 3-tier commission.
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.
Creative Market: Design Marketplace Affiliate Program
10% recurring revenue share for a year.
Creative Market is a large marketplace for a lot of web design, photo and other design related items. Not quite as popular as the 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 subsciption 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.
Themify: Premium WP Themes & Plugins
40% revenue share.
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 addons. They charge $39 for all of those addons. A single theme costs $59 and access to all themes and plugins are just a little bit more pricey at $89 for a year of access to updates and new themes, addons and plugins.
Another option they’ve got is to pay once for full lifetaime 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 inital year unlike that of Elegent Themes. They offer a 60 day cookie.
DreamHost: USA Web Hosting Provider
Shared, WordPress, VPS, cloud, dedicated server web hosting.
$15 - $150 CPA.
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.
Data centers located in the USA.
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.