A Blogger’s Guide to Make Money With Web Hosting Affiliate Programs

I’ve invested my first online money ($15.01) on buying hosting and made my first good amount of online money ($1800) from web hosting affiliates. Yeah, it’s true and amazing. If you’ve some ideas about web hosting, you can make money too. If you don’t have, don’t worry. In this post I will be talking about how to make money with web hosting affiliate programs. And I will show you every techniques I am using to generate web hosting sales.

When I bought hosting from Hostgator I didn’t have any idea that I can make money with their affiliate program. One day I was checking a blogger’s income report and I’ve noticed that he earned a good amount of money from HostGator affiliate. So I thought why wouldn’t I? Then I promoted a special HostGator offer by writing a blog post. Luckily that post got a good rank in Google. And I got some quick sales. That time I realized that web hosting affiliates can generate some real cash for me. I started using several techniques to increase my sales. I am going to share those techniques with you. Here is a screenshot of my HostGator affiliate commission.

Hostgator Affiliate Commission

However, if you are not associated with any web hosting affiliate program, here are some top web hosts that offer good amount of money ($50-$150 per sale) to their affiliate marketers.

If you are using any other web host, you can join their affiliate program and promote them. But it’s always easy to get sale by promoting renowned hosts.

Now let’s see how you can promote web hosting on your blog. Here are 6 tips that really work. These tips are specially for bloggers and I won’t be talking about any paid promotion methods here.

1. Write a Review

Write a honest review about your web hosting provider. There is always some cons on every service. Don’t hesitate to share the cons to your readers. It won’t decrease your sale, but will increase your credibility. Don’t make your review as a promotional speech. And never write a review of the product that you didn’t use.

Here are some tips to write a good review.

  • Share the pros and cons of the service.
  • Give your rating for the service. You can use Author hReview Plugin  to do that.
  • Use important keywords like price, problem, review, comparison etc to drive traffic from search engines. (Ex: Hostgator Review)
  • Use your affiliate links.
  • If you really like the service, give some strong reasons why you recommend  it.
  • And give your personal experience with the service like how long have you been using this service.

If you’ve used more than one web hosts, then you may consider writing a comparison between them. It will help your readers to pick the better one.

2. Write Tutorial Posts

Tutorial  (How to)  Posts are one of the most common types of content on the internet. And they are very popular. You can drive a lot of traffic from search engine by writing these types of post. More traffic means more sales. If your niche is related with blogging, WordPress or web hosting, you can write some tutorial posts to generate sale.

Example: How to Set Up a WordPress Blog with HostGator

3. Promote Coupon Codes & Special Offers

This is the most easiest way to make money from Web Hosting Affiliate. Web Hosting companies offer discount coupon to increase their sales. Everyone likes discounts. You can take this advantage by sharing discount coupon with your readers with blog posts or social networking sites. The amazing thing is that web hosts like HostGator, DreamHost offer custom coupon to their affiliates. For example, I’ve created a Hostgator custom coupon  code “RTBHOSTING25“. If someone uses this coupon, S/he will get 25% discount on purchase and I will get a sale. It’s a win-win situation. (Ex: Hostgator Coupon Code)

Another easy way to generate sales is promoting special offers. Most of the web hosting companies offer huge discounts on special days like Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

4. Free WordPress Installation Service

Many bloggers (even pro bloggers) offer free WordPress Installation Service in their blog. The idea is that they will set up a WordPress blog for you, in return you’ll have to buy web hosting from their recommended hosting with their affiliate link. You will get your blog set up for free and they will earn commission from hosting. It’s a win win deal.

If you already own a WordPress blog and know how to set up a WordPress blog, you can offer this service to your readers.

However, you can use other incentive offers to gain more sales. And make sure you are not violating affiliate terms and conditions.

5. Show Which Host You Are Using

If your readers find your site fast, they may be interested to know which host you are using. So it’s a good idea to show your readers who is hosting your site. You can use banner or put a affiliate link on your blog’s footer to let your readers know about your hosting.

6. Partner up with a Web Host

You can also partner up with a host that will give special discount to your readers. If you want to partner up with a renown host, then you’ll need to generate some good amount of sales. Once you’ve a good amount of sales, you can ask host provider to make a special promo page for you or to offer some special discounts to your visitors.

So these are some techniques that I’ve been using for a while and I am getting good results. And I am pretty sure if you do the same, you will be able to make money from Web Hosting affiliates. But it will take time.

Over to You

Now I would like to give you a precaution. I’ve seen that some bloggers became desperate after getting some sales. They start promoting web hosting desperately on their blogs. I am not saying there is anything wrong on promoting web hosting seriously. But if you publish more posts on web hosting rather then your main topic, then it may hurt your regular readers. As a result you may loose some valuable readers. So be aware about it.

Hope this post will help you to make money from web hosting affiliates. Let us know if you’ve any query regarding this. If you are already a web hosting affiliate, do share your experience with us. And consider sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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Istiak Rayhan
 

Istiak Rayhan is the founder of RoadToBlogging.com, a blog that aims to make bloggers' journey easier. Istiak loves to help newbie bloggers to build a better blog. Here's more about him.

  • Janmejai says:

    Never got any success in Affiliate monetization,Just Failed and Failed.
    But after reading your article,I think I have an idea to monetize and earn something.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Hope you’ll get success soon.

  • Satish Kumar Ithamsetty says:

    I have started Affiliate marketing with commission junction in 2009. but i am 100% fail. so i have diverted to other online sources like adsense and paid posts and domain parking. Here is good tips you provided. thank you. i will follow this. but one problem. i have no time to write reviews on this. how to get this review article with effective SEO words from online. can you suggest me the other source to get good article. thank you

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Writing reviews means sharing your experience on any product with your readers. So it won’t be a good idea to hire someone to write reviews for you. I recommend you to write product/service review that you’ve used.

  • Lets Blogging says:

    Istiak,

    If any person use my coupon from direct link so can I get commission?

    For example I’ve submit my discount coupon in online coupon site and any 1 use it so can I get commission when people use?

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Yes, some hosts work like that. If someone uses your HostGator Coupon code, you will get the commission no matter which link the user clicked.

      • Lets Blogging says:

        you may know, which hosts working as like that.

        • Istiak Rayhan says:

          HostGator & Dreamhost.

  • Sanjay Sajeev says:

    Hai,
    When i tried to sign up Hostgator affiliate, they asked me to enter EIN/SSN. But i am outside the US, so i have to provide the Foreign Tax ID you entered on your W-8 form.

    Where can i get the W 8 form and foreign tax id number? i have PAN card(India) only and have a bank account and active Paypal account.
    How can i complete my sign up process?

    I hope you replay soon

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Are you talking about HostGator India?

      • Sanjay Sajeev says:

        No, about Hostgator.com. I filled all other details. Entering Company tax information is the second last step in affiliate sign up. But i don’t know how to do it? Please share what you did while you sign up Hostgator.com

        Waiting for your replay

        • Istiak Rayhan says:

          When I signed up for HostGator, there was no ‘Tax Information’ field. I’d suggest you to contact with HostGator at affiliates@hostgator.com.

  • Hello,

    I have one query.

    Suppose one sign up with our affiliate link and buy only one month subscription i.e 0.01 cent hosting plan and another one subscribe for one year i.e 25% on 1 year hosting.

    So, the question is, will we get the same commission in both the cases?

    Please help me out on this. I’m really confused.

    Thanks !

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Yes, you will get the same commission for both sales. But you have to make sure that one month subscriber renews his subscription every month.

  • Bhumi Pednekar says:

    Excellent write up on Web hosting companies, affiliates and the strategies followed by them.. very impressive post Istiak..

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Thanks for your kind words.

  • David says:

    HI Istiak

    I don’t think that anybody should promote HostGator because they don’t deserve any kind of affiliate promotion.

    I am facing the Worst issue with Hostgator affiliate system.

    On Black Friday 2015, I made around 6-8 Hostgator sales and Hostgator made all of them invalid and only 3 sales were remain active for commission.

    Now In my HostGator affiliate panel, It showing that the commission for those 3 sales were sent on 10th Feb, 2016 but It is 16th and I still not received a single penny from HostGator in my PayPal account.

    They are really sucks.

  • Prosper Noah says:

    Hey Istiak.

    You’ve got a great post here.. I actually would prefer Webhosting Affiliate Programs for monetizing a blog and you have shared all a blogger can use to make money from them!

    I would personally go with the #4. Free WordPress Installation Service! This is one of the best ways for me.

    Thanks for sharing such useful information right here!

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Glad you loved the post. I personally haven’t tried the Free WordPress Installation Service. But a lot of bloggers are doing it.

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