Times are tough and more and more of my friends are asking me how they can make money online or where can they start to learn how to build websites. In the last 6 years I’ve made a ton of money as I mastered web and graphic design. But that took a lot of late nights and time most people honestly aren’t going to put in. So I tell most friends the easiest no-hassle method is to find a good affiliate program and combine it with a good keyword domain name and simple wordpress blog.
Here’s my advice.
First, I try to answer 4 questions before joining any affiliate program:
- Is the product unique?
- Is it popular?
- Would I or someone I know find it useful?
- Are there positive, non-sponsored reviews?
Some of my favorite affiliate programs are wordpress theme sites because they’re useful and you can usually tell pretty easily if they’re popular and unique. It’s also easy to check for reviews in the forums or with a quick google search.
Here’s a list of great WordPress Affiliate Programs that have a 30% or greater payout:
- Fame Themes pays out 50% of the sale, every time.
- Elegant Themes pays out 50% of each sale.
- Obox Themes pays out between 25% and 35% depending on volume.
- Mojo Themes will pay you 30% of a user’s first deposit.
- Theme Forest will also pay you 30% of a user’s first deposit.
If you start getting good traffic, you can then add AdSense but google’s always changing their ranking criteria so it can be frustrating for those with limited SEO knowledge. And if you buy bulk traffic, your site WILL get banned.
A complimentary affiliate program to themes is offering hosting services. HostGator and GoDaddy are obvious but for hosing WordPress, I also like WebHostingBuzz and WPEngine. These guys tune their servers specifically for WordPress performance.
If there are affiliate programs you think are better or you have an opinion on the ones I’ve listed, please let me know.
These are the ones that work for me and have helped me augment my web and graphic design business. Also, a little known secret is if you’re a registered affiliate, the theme developer usually treats you better and is more responsive if you need help troubleshooting or installing one of their themes. After all, you’re helping them make money!