List of Highest Paying Affiliate Programs for Bloggers

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List of Highest Paying Affiliate Programs for Bloggers

Affiliate Marketing should always be a part of your advertising strategy

If you own a website or blog and are focused on monetization – than affiliate marketing is certainly one of the many ways to make your blog make money.

The mistake many people make when deciding to do affiliate marketing is choosing the niches that make the LEAST amount of money. Such as fashion and makeup. Sure – they are fun topics and these products do sell, but the commissions are low and you would need to sell huge quantities of these products to make any real income.

The highest paying affiliate programs can be the hardest to convert – but they are certainly worth a look at – and if you can get your audience to buy – you could earn a decent chunk of money. But what actually are the highest paying affiliate programs? Well we are going to show you the niches that make the most money!

Table of Contents:

1. Why Affiliate Marketing is Hard in the Beginning
2. Use Affiliate Marketing as a Secondary Way of Monetizing
3. Avoid ‘High-Selling – Low Commission’ Niches
4. Best Affiliate Platforms to Join
5. List of Highest Paying Affiliate Program Niches

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1. Why Affiliate Marketing IS Hard in the Beginning

Many bloggers and small websites read about affiliate marketing, get excited, sign up for a multitude of affiliate programs and then realise just how damn hard it is to make decent money.  Because even if your website traffic is great, the click-throughs and sales are dismal. This has been the constant message I’ve seen from bloggers over the years and found out first-hand myself.

And when you hear that the average affiliate marketing click-through rate is only about 3-4% – you may throw your hands up in the air and go ‘WTF!!’. I know – been there!

The comments I’ve heard about affiliate marketing include: ‘Affiliate marketing just isn’t worth it’ or ‘It is too much work’. And to date – it really has been. I’m not going to lie about that.

But like any website monetization strategy, you have to dip your toe in the water and find out what YOUR audience wants to buy, then give them what they want. And sometimes that can be really tricky and time-consuming to find out. But once you find it – affiliate marketing can go from ‘Secondary Income’ to ‘Main Income’.

Affiliate Platforms KNOW how hard it is for publishers to be accredited a sale – and their technology has come a really long way. There are affiliate platforms now that just consist of ‘adding the code’ to your website and the platform ‘finds’ all the affiliate opportunities so you aren’t looking to manually embed codes. Even though this technology STILL has a long way to go – it is comforting to know platforms are working on the problem.

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2. Use Affiliate Marketing As a Secondary Way of Monetizing

If you can get into the habit of embedding good quality affiliate program links into your content, via either product reviews or lists posts – your affiliate sales will slowly snowball.

Affiliate Marketing certainly won’t get you rich overnight, or even in a month or a year. But if you use it as part of your content strategy, it will consistently build up your audience and become trusted in your word – it can certainly be lucrative and be another stream of income.

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3. High Selling – Low Commission Niches:

There are some niches in affiliates that make a lot more money than others. Unfortunately, it is the most popular niches that actually DON’T make you much cash unless you can sell a whole lot of them.

They include:

Well, it’s not that they don’t make you money – they only offer a relatively small commission so you would need to sell a tonne of a product if you want to make an income stream out of it.

BUT – there are also lots of niches that you can fulfil (depending on your audience) that have amazing pay-outs if you can convince your customers to hit the BUY BUTTON.

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4. Best Affiliate Platforms to Join

Sign up for one or all of them. Remember – never ever PAY to join an affiliate platform. The following are reputable companies I’ve worked with for years.

You will need to sign up to these platforms (which is free) if you want to promote their sellers. For a more comprehensive list of Affiliate Marketing Platforms, check out our article ‘The Top 14 Australian Affiliate Programs to Monetize Your Website”.

5. Highest Paying Affiliate Niches

The ‘Mattress in a Box’ Niche

This is a relatively new niche – and if it suits your audience and can convert them into sales, you could do really well.

Name:Commission:Affiliate Platform:
Emma: The Sleep Company8% per SaleSign up Here
Ecosa2% per SaleSign up Here
Hugo Sleep6% per SaleSign up Here
Bedworks3% per SaleSign up Here
HappySleep2% per SaleSign up Here
Macoda5% per SaleSign up Here
Onebed10% per SaleSign up Here

The Dating, Marriage and Relationships Niche

Everyone wants love. That’s why the marriage and relationship niche will be forever a profitable niche to promote. Online dating is some of the most competitive and lucrative of the online niches with large commissions if you have the right audience.

Name:Commission:Affiliate Platform
Faithful Counseling$150 Flat FeeRakuten Linkshare
Sugarbook$30 per saleCommission Factory
eHarmony35% per SaleAwin
CitySwoon10% per SaleCommission Factory

The Online Education Niche

Name:Commission:Affiliate Platform:
Lorman (US)30% per SaleOwn Platform
Thinkific30% per New SalePartnerstack

The Website and Blogging Resource Niche

This niche is HUGE and growing every single day – after all – just about everyone has their own website!

Name:Commission:Affiliate Platform:
Shopify (eCommerce Platform)25% of SalesOwn Platform

The Finance and Insurance Niche

Finance and Insurance niches usually pay high commissions – but conversions can be tough unless you have the right audience.

Name:Commission:Affiliate Platform:
Raiz$2.50 per saleIn-House Affiliate – Sign up here
Motley FoolAwin
Direct Asia Insurance$25 per SaleRakuten

The Telecommunications and Internet Services Niche

Name:Commission:Affiliate Platform:
More Telecom15% per SaleSee Platform
OzMobiles2% per SaleSee Platform
Southern Phone50% per SaleSee Platform
Phonebot1% per SaleSee Platform
Activ8me$50 per SaleSee Platform

The Sex Toys and Adult Product Niche

There are absolutely tonnes of affiliate money in the sex toy niche – in fact, it is one of my favourite products to promote! Back in the heyday of affiliate marketing, you could get as much as 50% for adult products!

Here are some sex toy sellers and Adult Shops that offer an affiliate program:

Name:Commission:Affiliate Platform:
LoveHoney20% per SaleSee Platform
Wild Secrets10% per SaleSee Platform
JouJou12% per SaleSee Platform
Fleshlight25% per SaleSee Platform
Femplay12% per SaleSee Platform
Adult Shop20% per SaleSee Platform
FGMO10% per SaleSee Platform
Club X20% per SaleSee Platform
Adult Toy Megastore20% per SaleSee Platform

Do you know more affiliate programs?

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About Author

Jody Allen

Jody is the founder and essence of Stay at Home Mum. An insatiable appetite for reading from a very young age had Jody harbouring dreams of being a pu...Read Moreblished author since primary school. That deep-seeded need to write found its way to the public eye in 2011 with the launch of SAHM. Fast forward 4 years and a few thousand articles Jody has fulfilled her dream of being published in print. With the 2014 launch of Once a Month Cooking and 2015's Live Well on Less, thanks to Penguin Random House, Jody shows no signs of slowing down. The master of true native content, Jody lives and experiences first hand every word of advertorial she pens. Mum to two magnificent boys and wife to her beloved Brendan; Jody's voice is a sure fire winner when you need to talk to Mums. Read Less

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