Programs like Amazon Associates are the bread and butter of many niche marketers. It makes total sense, every niche can find products to refer at Amazon. And Amazon is a conversion monster. Just send them qualified traffic and you will get sales. But …

When you look at those commission statements and see the low payouts, you wonder …

Is there a better way? Can I focus on fewer deals but larger payouts? Not $50 or $100 dollar payouts but $100s and $1,000’s. 

Well there are affilaite programs that will let you do just that. 

 How To Market High Paying Products

Why High Ticket Affiliate Programs

The highest paying affiliate programs are of course going to be expensive products. But heck we all have a rich friend or two right.If you know someone who needs a floating barbeque boat for $50,000 then you can earn a hefty $4000 or 8% of that deal.

But some affilaite programs pay it forward. Hosting companies are a good example of this. They pay you 100% – 300% of their monthly customer payment. So a high-end server cluster that costs $2,000 a month can pay $6000 to you. One sale – $6000. How many fidget spinners do you need to sell at Amazon to earn $6,000?

But how can they do that?

Well in the case of hosting, SaaS and any other sale that invloves monthly payments, they are starting with the customer lifetime value. 

That $2,000/mo hosting customer is worth some multiple of $2000 to the hosting company. People don’t just willy-nilly change a large hosting infrastructure. The hosting companies calculate their attrition rate vs. enrollment rates and know exactly how many months the average customer stays. So if that is 27 months for a $2,000/mo customer, you just helped them close a $54,000 deal. They are happy to pay a few thousand dollar customer aquisition cost to you.

12 Highest Paying Affiliate Marketing Programs

All of the companies below are legitimate companies that pay their commissions. Not every offer will overlap your audience or advertising target.

They all pay at least $300 most pay more. Many of the programs have recurring payments.

There are many programs I did not include. There were programs that I could not recommend like Six Figure Mentors and other get rich quick schemes. And there were those in “outlying industries” like forex, gambling, etc.  If your audience is appropriate by all means check these out as well.

Clickfunnels

Commission amount: $40% recurring

Cookie length: Lifetime

Sign up link: In House Affiliate Program

Clickfunnels is a phenominal affilaite program. They are world-class marketers who have put together an army of affiliates and sub-affiliates to sel their products. They are a great example of what you can do if you put affiliates first. They have a best-in-class product for building landing pages and offer a 14-day free trial.

This is easy business to close.

ClickFunnels pays 40% commission and has two plans a $97/mo and a $297/mo one. So you will earn $38 or $118 per month for each basic sale. They use a sticky cookie that will not expire, the only way to lose the prospect is if another ClickFunnels affilaite is visited, overwriting your cookie.

The big money comes into play with the upsells like the Funnel Builder Secrets. This is a $1,997 product that pays you $798!

And a final incentive. When you get to 100 active members, ClickFunnels will cover the lease of your dream car – up to $500/mo. Get 200 active members and it is a $1000/mo lease payment. Do they know how to take care of affiliates or what?


Hammacher Schlemmer

Commission amount: Most items 8%

Cookie length: 30 days

Sign up link: Affilaite Page and  CJ signup

Hammacher and Schlemmer are a really interesting company. They are America’s longest running catalog so a well known and trusted brand. 

But at 8% though how do they warrant listing on the highest paying affiliate program list? Well take a look at some of their more expensive products:

An 8% commission on any of these is going to yield some big payouts of $4,000 – $5,200. 

These are clearly going to be unusual sales for you. You won’t sell one per day or even month. I would focus on very specific long-tail keywords. There will be little to no keyword volume but when someone does search for an item you will be on page one do to the total lack of competition.


Hubspot

Commission amount:Up to $1000 for each product purchased

Cookie length: 90 days 

Sign up link: hubspot.com/partners/affiliates

HubSpot has a full suite of Internet Marketing tools for the small medium business (SMB) community. There services include all aspects of the customer relationship lifecycle. From initial content strategies and inbound campaigns to A?B testing ad campaigns. It is one-stop shopping.

They have three packages; Starter, Professional and Enterprise. They pay well …

  • Starter/Basic -> $250 in commission
  • Professional/CMS -> $500 in commission
  • Enterprise -> $1,000 in commission

It is a strong brand with high conversions and low reversal rates. A solid performer. They compete with products like:

  • Marketo
  • Infusionsoft
  • Pardot
  • Oracle Eloqua
  • Act-On

Full Review: Hubspot Affiliate Program Review


Improvely

Commission amount: Up to $1400

Cookie length: 90 days in-house, 120 days at CJ

Sign up link: Improvely at ShareASale

Improvely is a tool for paid advertisers. It helps reduce fraud and tracks conversions. It has a very strong payback for advertisers. Prices range from $29/mo to $299/mo and all plans have a 14 day free trial.

The Improvely affilaite program is a hybrid one with an initial payment of 50% of the monthly billing plus a 10% recurring commission for the first year. The affilaite program is manage by ShareASale and approval is very easy.

They have 25 banners and other display ads for you to use in your promotions …

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Kinsta

Commission amount: $50 – $500

Cookie length: 60 days  

Sign up link: Kinsta Affiliate Program

Kinsta is like WP Engine, a Managed WordPress hosting company. One of the great things about the Kinsta product is that they have a very low churn rate (very few people leave) and they pay you a 10% recurring commission! This is something WP Engine does not offer.

The commission plan is a bit lower than WP Engine for initial payouts …

  • Starter Plan … $50 commission
  • Business Plan … $100 commission
  • Pro Plan … $150 commission
  • Enterprise Plan … $500 commission

A good strategy would be to do comparison articles of Kinsta vs. WP Engine, Kinsta vs. WPX Hosting etc. You may need to be even narrower with the keywords than this to rank well. Much depends on your sites hosting relevance.


Liquid Web

Commission amount: $150 minimum up to $7,000

Cookie length: 90 days in-house, 120 days at CJ

Sign up link: Impact radius or Commission Junction (CJ)

Liquid Web is a high-end hosting company that focuses on SMB – Enterprise products. You won’t find any $2.95/mo shared hosting here. They are my hosting company for this site for a few reasons:

  1. They have great support
  2. They have fast hosting (Pingdom has this site loading in .72 seconds)
  3. They have a great affilaite program with expensive products

Most hosting companies have good affiliate programs. And I am happy to get the base $200 from someone like WP Engine for simply selling a $35/mo product. But hosting affiliate programs are very competitive – they just pay too well. Liquid Web will pay 150% of the monthly billing. So a $2000/mo enterprise server will pay you  $3000 !

I like to focus on high end servers like high availability server clusters from Liquid Web. There are fewer affilaites writing and ranking content in these narrower niches.

Full Review: Liquid Web Affiliate Program Review


Puffy Mattress

Commission amount: $300-$350 per sale

Cookie length: 180 days 

Sign up link: Puffy at ShareASale

Puffy makes great mattresses for a great nights sleep. They actually have a 101-night sleep trial with a money back guarantee. Mattresses should be a relatively easy conversion. Everyone realizes how much of their life is spent with their mattress.

The Puffy mattress is an all foam bed. I sleep on one of these latex beds (though not a Puffy one) and they are the best. Much better for large framed people  (that sounds better than heavy) like myself. They cost $1,495 after discount which is very competitive with premium box-spring/coil mattresses. Buying a mattress can be a hassle but Puffy makes it easy with free 2-5 day Fedex delivery.

The affilaite program is easy to understand. They pay $300 or $350 depending on the mattress. They have some nice bonus offers as well. For instance, sell 10 mattresses in your first 30 days and get a $1000 bonus! They have lots of creatives available like banners and ads. Their top performing affiliates are earning over $10k per month.


Shopify Plus

Commission amount: $58 – $2,000

Cookie length: 30 days

Sign up link: Shopify Affiliate Program

Shopify is the leading hosted e-commerce solution for retailers. They represent retailers small and large. It makes a lot of sense for many retailers to use Shopify. There other solution is to use WooCommerce which will require both WordPress and WooCommerce support capabilities or Magento which will usually require external support for setup and maintenance. These are both expensive items when you consider the time you spend dealing with technology – not retailing.

The basic product is inexpensive so there will be no big affiliate commissions. The commision rate is 200% of the monthly base billing rate for the standard packages. So the basic plan at $29/mo has a payout of $58 – that beats most Amazon sales by a bunch. Shopify Plus pays you a flat $2,000!

  • Basic … $58 commission
  • Shopify … $158 commission
  • Advanced … $598 commission
  • Shopify Plus … $2,000 commission

The big money is in the Shopify Plus program. This is their product for high volume and larger retailers.

The cookie period is 30 days but all you need to do is get them into a free trial and you have locked in the customer. As long as they convert within the trial period you will get paid.

Full Review: Shopify Affiliate Program Review


Spocket Affiliate Program

Commission amount: Up to $450 

Cookie length: 90 days 

Sign up link: Spocket Affilaite Signup

Spocket is a dropshipping marketplace for US and EU suppliers. Given the tariff wars in China it is front of mind at the moment. They service features:

  • Automated shipping and fulfillment. They generally ship within one business day.
  • inventory management at a detailed level to help businesses run smoothly.
  • Automated integration with most shopping carts and marketplaces.
  • Kits, assemblies, subscription boxes, and more.

They have a 3-tiered commission program for their affiliates …

Bronze – 20% – up to $297 per subscriber
Silver – 25% – up to $371.25 per subscriber
Gold – 30% – up to $445.50 per subscriber
 
A nice touch is that provide you with a $100 off coupon to give to your referrals to incent them to join the program.

Thinkific

Commission amount: Up to $675 per referral – per year!

Cookie length: 90 days 

Sign up link: Thinkific Affiliate at ShareASale

Thinkific is a course creation platform. The target audience is:

  • Do It Yorself content creators who want to share their knowledge.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to develop courseware
  • Businesses who want to create online courses for their customers.

There are 4 plans ranging from $49/mo to $499/mo. with discounts for prepaying annualy.

Thinkific

The commission rate is 20% of the monthly payment. The payments are recurring as long as the customer is enrolled. These are very sticky programs with a low churn rate. You don’t change your course delivery and enrollment platform on a whim. There is a 30 day money back offer on all plans so promote that for sure.


Volusion

Commission amount: Up to $2000

Cookie length: 90 days in-house, 120 days at CJ

Sign up link: You can join at bluehost.com/affiliates or CJ

Volusion is a competitor of Shopify. They are an eCommerce platform with over 200,000 customers on-board. They have two programs for affiliates. The first is to be a reseller partner. This is a program where you get a discount and are billed by Volusion. You then bill your customer. This is best for agencies and website developers.

The second is a more typical affiliate program. With the Volusion affiliate program you will be paid a one time payment of 200% of the referred customers monthly billing. The pricing ranges form $29/mo to $299/mo+. Your commissions will be …

  • Personal … $58 commission
  • Professional … $158 commission
  • Business … $598 commission
  • Prime … $1000+ commission (depending on configuration)

WP Engine

Commission amount: 100% of first month $200 minimum 

Cookie length: 180 days

Sign up link: SharASale WP Engine

WP Engine is the leading manages WordPress hosting company. They have a very high paying affiliate program. I love the minimum $200 commission payout. This is for the single domain $35/mo package. This is such an easy close. Any small organization without a dedicated IT group would benefit greatly by going with managed WordPress. 

The real money though is in the dedicated server offering. This is typically used by small -midsized companies looking to consolidate a number of WordPress sites. It is very common to do an audit of a companies hosting and find that many groups in different departments have each set up their own WordPress site for their stakeholders. This is both costly and inefficient.

Rather than having 20 groups pay seperately for their hosting and have multiple support touchpoints, WP Engine will consolidate them onto one server with a single support group. IT will be thrilled with the security and automatic updating. These packages can easily cost a few thousand per month (but still cheaper than 20 seperate scattered accounts ). WP Engine pays a commission rate of 100% of first months billing. If the dedicated server configuration is $1500/mo – you get a $1,500 commission!

Full Review: WP Engine Affiliate Program Review


How to Market High Ticket Affiliate Products

There are a few options for marketing these affiliate programs. Email marketing, SEO and content marketing, funnels.  You could also consider a combination using low-cost long-tail ad keywords to test the appeal of certain offers. When you find an offer that converts well you can build a content marketing plan around it. You need to have a different mindset than an Amazon affiliate.

You want to warm-up the lead as much as possible.  You need to give them personal attention (or at least the appearance of it). You are asking for a big order from someone, you need to earn that right. These are not impulse buys as you might get at Amazon.

Consider bonuses, support, free installs, templates, bundled software, etc.. Just be sure to stay within the program’s terms of service.

Content Marketing

The best approach for me has been very specific targeting. 

I like to concentrate on very specific keywords that are a perfect match for the offer. These longtail keywords will likely be low competition lower volume keywords. 

Given the high payouts, advertising should also be part of your strategy. I would always run retargeting campaigns first. These prior visitors will convert much better than cold leads.

Be patient, be persistent.

Wrapping Up

These high paying affiliate programs are great. They can be a nice supplement to your regular programs, a good place to start when your traffic is low or a dedicated strategy. You need to be patient and stick with it for these to work. You will not have the daily reassurance of an Amazon Affiliate program.

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