Affiliate marketing is mostly commission-based, so promoting products and services that are high-priced, recurring or subscription-based, or have a high commission rate can help you earn more. Today, I’m going to go through 39 of the best high-ticket affiliate programs in various niches currently available on the web.
Success in affiliate marketing is dependent on many factors, and one of the most important factors is the products that you choose to promote.
Because affiliate marketing is a growing industry, there are plenty of affiliate programs and products to choose from.
In today’s article, I give the benefits of promoting high-ticket items, how to decide which products to pitch, and the best high-ticket affiliate programs you can currently sign up for. I also provide a list of affiliate networks that you can take advantage of.
High-ticket items are those that are worth a significant amount of money. For simplicity and the purposes of this article, I’ve included items or products that have higher than normal commission rates, or that have the potential of recurring commissions.
High-ticket products may seem to be a hard-sell, but there are still advantages to pitching this kind of products to your audience.
1. Huge payout for every conversion
High-ticket items typically involve a high investment for buyers, but every purchase means a higher payout for you compared to items with lower prices.
2. Gives you a larger budget to work with
Because you earn more for every conversion, there’s more money for your other activities to grow your business, such as lead generation and marketing.
3. Allows you to fine-tune your conversion techniques
Focusing on only a few high-ticket items at a time allows you to optimize your content, social media, and email marketing strategies more efficiently.
1. Low conversion rates
As I’ve mentioned, high-ticket items are more costly than most other products, and so conversion rates are expected to be lower than usual.
2. More work and knowledge involved to convert customers.
This is related again to the cost; it takes more content and more persuasion to convince customers to make an investment.
3. High risk of loss
Customers aren’t the only ones taking a risk; you also take a risk when promoting high-ticket items. You invest time, effort, and sometimes your own money to create stellar, compelling content, formulate marketing strategies, and convince customers that your high-ticket items are worth buying.
Your conversion rates are already expected to be low; if you spend a lot of time and effort tweaking your strategies to no avail, then you might be spending more than the commissions you’re getting.
There are so many affiliate programs and products to promote, even high-ticket ones. It can be an overwhelming task just to choose which products to promote.
Asking yourself these questions during your selection process can help you come to a decision.
1. Is the product worth the price?
You want to make sure that you’re promoting high-quality products, of course, but you also want to make sure that the price is appropriate for the product.
For instance, selling an ordinary pencil for $50 will land you in trouble; maybe you can swindle a few customers, but they’ll always come back to haunt you. Yes, it might not be your product, but if you were the one who convinced customers to buy it, you better believe that you’re going to be the one that customers will complain to and complain about on social media and to everyone who’ll listen.
So another way to phrase this question is: Do you think you’ll get complaints about this product in the future?
2. Is the product popular?
The product may be a high-quality product, but will it sell?
You want to know if this is a best-selling product; whether people buy a lot of this product or not. Do your research; check your affiliate’s website, look for online reviews, reach out to other affiliates who are promoting the same product.
3. Is the product popular enough to be worth the actual commission?
Fair warning: We’ll delve into some simple math here, so I hope you’ll stick with it.
Let’s say you have a choice between Product A and Product B. Product A is worth $200 with a 30% commission, while Product B is worth $1000 with a 10% commission. With Product A, you’re earning $60 per item, while with Product B, you’re earning $100 per item, even though it has a lower commission rate.
But you have to take this in context with the number of these products you can realistically expect to sell. For example, if you project to refer 20 pieces of Product A, then you stand to earn $1200, while selling just 12 pieces of Product B will also give you $1200. Thus, it’s now a matter of which is easier to sell: 20 pieces of Product A or 12 pieces of Product B.
4. Does the landing page/s you redirect inspire visitors to convert to customers?
Whenever you post an affiliate link and your customers click it, they get redirected to the landing page from the affiliate program, from which they are directed to buy the product you promoted.
You can be a great marketer, but what will ultimately determine whether your customer will buy the product you’re promoting is whether the landing page your customers encounter is compelling enough to convince them to buy the product.
Do your due diligence and check the landing page you’re leading your customers to. Otherwise, you might just be wasting your energy pitching to your customers while directing them to substandard landing pages that won’t convert.
5. How long can you earn commissions?
When customers click on your affiliate links, a cookie is placed on their browser, including your unique affiliate ID, so that you’re awarded the commission for that sale. As long as that cookie is in your customer’s browser, you’ll earn commissions from all purchases of that product.
Thus, the longer the cookies stay in their browser, the greater the chance that you’ll earn commissions from future purchases. Also, even if they don’t purchase the item in that moment, as soon as they decide to purchase it and the cookie is still there in their browser, you’ll earn a commission from that sale.
How long these cookies last depends on the settings of your affiliate, so make sure to clarify with them how long their cookies stay in customers’ browsers.
6. Does the affiliate program really pay?
Ask other affiliate marketers enrolled in an affiliate program if they’ve always been paid the correct amount of commissions or if they’ve had any problems. Shoddy affiliate programs can keep trying to cover up their shoddiness, but they can’t hide it forever.
Disclaimer: While this list was meticulously researched, I was not able to sign up for each of them, so your experience may vary.
Also, while this information is true at the time of writing, affiliate programs can change their terms and commission rates at any time. Read any contracts and affiliate agreements you go into carefully, as I will not be held liable for any loss you incur or any lost income because you didn’t read legally binding documents you’ve signed.
Without further ado, here are the best high-ticket affiliate programs arranged by niche.
Web hosting affiliate programs are among the most lucrative and highest paying affiliate programs. An advantage of signing up as an affiliate for web hosting is that even if you aren’t in an internet marketing or blogging niche, you can promote web hosting to audiences in other niches that need websites.
Liquid Web offers managed WordPress hosting, cloud hosting, as well as virtual private server (VPS) and dedicated server services. Their affiliate program is run through the affiliate networks CJ Affiliate and Impact Radius.
Additional information: Dedicated affiliate manager, 90-day cookies, quarterly newsletters
Commissions: From $100 to $1000 per sale, plus recurring commissions
Affiliate Program Site: Liquid Web Affiliate Program
Bluehost is one of the more popular web hosting services. They offer shared hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated hosting.
Additional information: Minimum $100 before they process first commission payment, takes 45 to 60 days to review and process sales, 90-day cookies
Commissions: Flat fee of $65 per referral
Affiliate Program Site: Bluehost Affiliate Program
WP Engine offers managed WordPress hosting and boasts thousands of customers worldwide, which is good for marketers who have global target audiences.
WP Engine is a good fit for established businesses for whom site speed and security can make or break their business. Their affiliate program is run through ShareASale.
Additional information: Dedicated affiliate manager, 180-day cookies
Commissions: $200 to $249 per sale; bonus commissions for multiple sales per month, starting from 5 monthly sales
Affiliate Program Site: WP Engine Managed WordPress Hosting Affiliate Program
Kinsta also offers managed WordPress hosting. They offer a starter plan, but their target customers seem to be medium to large businesses or those who do ecommerce.
They have an extensive resource called Affiliate Academy that contains in-depth, valuable content about affiliate marketing.
Additional information: Exclusive sign-up bonus, 60-day cookies, user-friendly dashboard.
Commissions: From $50 to $500 per sale plus 10% recurring commissions
Affiliate Program Site: Kinsta Managed WordPress Hosting Affiliate Program
Cloudways is a highly rated hosting service that offers managed cloud hosting services and features 24/7 expert support and a comprehensive knowledge base. Their target audience ranges from individuals to medium businesses.
Additional information: Dedicated affiliate managers, extensive resources such as blogs and newsletters, $250 threshold to receive payout
Commissions: $50 per sale to $125 per sale, depending on how many sales you make per month
Affiliate Program Site: Cloudways Web Hosting Affiliate Program
Online businesses are increasingly becoming popular, and so digital marketing tools are in demand.
Similar to web hosting products, you don’t need to actually be in the internet marketing niche to promote digital marketing tools; you can promote these tools to anyone who’s in need of them, whatever your niche.
SEMRush is a popular all-in-one marketing toolkit—keyword research, SEO, paid traffic, content and social media marketing, and more—geared toward digital marketing professionals and online business owners.
It is also useful for competitor analysis: what rankings they’ve reached in search engine pages, what keywords they’re using for their paid ads and content, what kind of traffic they’re getting, and so on.
You can recommend SEMRush to site owners that have already established online businesses that are looking to increase their search engine rankings and traffic to their website by improving their on-page SEO and strategizing their advertising and social media messages.
Additional information: 10-year cookies, minimum $50 to process payment, pre-made promotional materials in 5 languages
Commissions: 40% recurring commissions
Affiliate Program Site: BeRush Affiliate Program for SEMRush
Hubspot offers an array of powerful customer relationship management (CRM) as well as automation tools that can be used by sales, marketing, and customer service teams of small to medium businesses.
A weakness of the HubSpot affiliate program is that they are unable to track commissions that start or end on any other domain other than .com.
Additional information: 90-day cookies, no commissions on their heavily discounted products
Commissions: From $250 to $1000 per purchase, depending on the product tier
Affiliate Program Site: HubSpot’s Affiliate Program
Ontraport has been touted to be a more affordable HubSpot alternative, offering a suite of CRM and automation tools as well. It’s also been described as easier to use and more reliable customer support.
Additional information: Dedicated resource center for affiliates, promotional tools, resources, dedicated support team, minimum of $100 to process payout
Commissions: 25% recurring commissions
Affiliate Program Site: Become An Ontraport Affiliate
Instapage is a landing page platform that promises to increase conversion rates for online businesses. They provide a landing page builder, split testing tool, and a collaboration platform for teams to work on designing and creating a landing page.
Additional information: Promotional materials, dedicated affiliate manager, 120-day cookies
Commissions: 50% commission on the first payment and 30% recurring commissions
Affiliate Program Site: Instapage Affiliate Program
Lander is another landing page platform that claims to have the best-converting landing page templates, A/B testing tool, and the ability to create Facebook landing pages.
Additional information: Detailed dashboard, promotional materials, retargeting program, dedicated affiliate manager, 90-day cookies, minimum $50 for payment to be processed
Commissions: Annual subscription: 60% commission for every sale; Monthly subscription: 50% commission for the 1st month and 20% commission for the 2nd & 3rd months
Affiliate Program Site: Lander Affiliate Program
Leadpages is another landing page platform that offers a drag-and-drop landing page builder, Facebook and Instagram ad creators, seamless integrations with other marketing applications and tools, and a split testing tool.
With the LeadPages affiliate program, you can earn commissions by sharing free content, which is a rare feature. When you share a link to one of their free short courses, and that customer signs up for a free trial that results to a subscription, you also get a commission for that sale.
Additional information: Promotional materials including the option to cohost a webinar with them, comprehensive resources including a video course, exclusive Facebook community for affiliates, 30-day cookies
Commissions: 30% recurring commission
Affiliate Program Site: Leadpages Partnership Program
Clickfunnels is an online sales funnel solution that mainly offers a landing page creation platform, as well as an autoresponder, a split testing tool, and analytics.
Landing pages are an integral part of a sales funnel, but sales funnels aren’t just comprised of landing pages. It’s a whole process or series of pages that merchants and businesses lead customers through to come to the decision to buy. Thus, you can say that Clickfunnels is a more complete solution to increase conversions.
Additional information: Minimum of $50 for payment to be processed, bonuses available (subject to terms), commissions also available for books, webinars, and courses, lifetime cookies
Commissions: 40% recurring commission per user; 5% sub-affiliate commission on sales referred by users you referred
Affiliate Program Site: ClickFunnels Affiliate Program
Mailerlite is an email marketing solution that features a drag-and-drop email builder, a landing page and opt-in form creator, as well as email automation.
Unlike other affiliate programs in this article, Mailerlite doesn’t install cookies on customers who click your links. This means that if they click your affiliate link but don’t purchase in that session, close the browser, and then purchase directly to Mailerlite in a new session, you don’t get to earn a commission from it.
Additional information: Minimum $120 for payment to be processed
Commissions: 30% recurring commissions
Affiliate Program Site: MailerLite Affiliate Program
Long Tail Pro is a powerful keyword tool that helps online businesses, bloggers, as well as SEO professionals find long-tail keywords to rank for.
When you enter a seed keyword in the tool, it comes up with a list of suggestions, along with an in-depth analysis of competitors that are ranking for those keyword suggestions, how profitable those keyword suggestions will probably be, and how easy you’d be able to rank for those keywords.
They have a self-hosted affiliate program through Post Affiliate Pro, but their affiliate program is also offered through a number of third-party marketplaces such as VigLink, ClickBank, and FlexOffers.
Additional information: Minimum $100 for payment to be processed, requires approval to be an affiliate
Commissions: 30% recurring commission
Affiliate Program Site: Long Tail Pro Affiliate Program
Selling goods online has plenty of potential for profit, and thus plenty of people want to get into eCommerce. However, setting up an online store—maintaining inventory, setting up payment channels, tracking shipments—is a tedious process when you try to do it from scratch, especially if you don’t have any technical knowledge.
Thus, there is a demand for software and website platforms that can handle all these features and make it easier on aspiring online storeowners.
Shopify provides everything you could need to run a thriving eCommerce site: from website hosting, website builders (to easily build a website without extensive knowledge of HTML and CSS), shopping carts, store management tools, digital marketing, payment gateways, and even SEO.
Their latest innovation is a free point of sale (POS) card reader so Shopify store owners can accept card payments in physical locations.
Shopify enjoys worldwide popularity; as of 2018, it powers more than 700,000 websites in 175 countries, so there isn’t going to be a shortage of people to promote Shopify to.
Additional information: Minimum $25 for them to process payment, 30-day cookies, has resources for affiliates, user-friendly dashboard
Commissions: One-time bounty payment equal to 200% of the merchant’s monthly subscription fee for Shopify Basic, Shopify, and Advanced Shopify; one-time bounty payment worth $2000 for Shopify Plus.
Affiliate Program Site: Shopify Affiliate Marketing Program
Similar to Shopify, 3dcart offers everything you need for creating an eCommerce website, with extras such as built-in email marketing, cart abandonment recovery tools, and eCommerce automation tools. It also integrates nicely with other applications that will help your business grow.
They also offer hundreds of text and video resources to help you maximize 3dcart’s features, as well as 24/7 support.
It’s a great alternative to Shopify, if for some reason Shopify doesn’t tickle your fancy. Their affiliate program is run through CJ Affiliate and ShareASale.
Additional information: Offer content, webinars, and automated funnels to help you with your sales, 45-day cookies
Commissions: Up to 300% one-time commission per sale
Affiliate Program Site: 3dcart Affiliate Program
LemonStand is a cloud-based eCommerce platform that claims to be the most customizable among the ecommerce platforms currently available in the market; it’s even been described as “hypercustomizable.” However, you’ll need to have at least some HTML and CSS knowledge to be able to maximize this feature.
All the basic offerings of an eCommerce platform that you’d expect are also there: shopping carts, payment gateways, tracking shipments, as well as SEO and marketing support.
Additional information: $150 minimum to process payment, 45-day cookies
Commissions: 200% one-time commission per sale
Affiliate Program Site: Become A LemonStand Partner
Responsive themes, site builder, inventory management, payment gateways, and integrations with other applications that help you with your eCommerce efforts. They also have built-in SEO management, email marketing, and customer relationship management tools.
Their affiliate program is being offered through CJ Affiliate.
Additional information: Comprehensive resources for affiliates, 45-day cookies
Commissions: 200% one-time commission per sale
Affiliate Program Site: Become A Volusion Partner
BigCommerce claims to be superior in scalability and security, as well as the most built-in features compared to other ecommerce platforms, although it’s proven to be harder to use than the more popular platforms especially Shopify.
Their affiliate program is being offered through Impact Radius.
Additional information: Minimum of $50 to process payout, 90-day cookies, dedicated account manager, pre-made content for your website, comprehensive dashboard
Commissions: 200% one-time commission per sale or $1,500 per enterprise customer
Affiliate Program Site: BigCommerce Affiliate Program
Proof is different from the rest of the programs in this category; it’s not an ecommerce platform, but it’s a great addition to an eCommerce site.
Social proof is a powerful thing when converting casual visitors into paying customers. Showing your visitors how popular your products are, that other people are looking and buying them, and that they’re taking action right now can convince visitors who are still on the fence to bite the bullet and make the purchase.
True to its name, Proof is a social proof tool that uses a small but compelling pop-up on the corner of your page that shows who else has purchased a product from your site, or subscribed to your email updates.
Their affiliate program is being offered through PartnerStack.
Additional information: 90-day cookies
Commissions: 30% recurring commissions per sale, valid for the lifetime of the subscription.
Affiliate Program Site: Proof Affiliate Program
Website templates are another type of product that you can offer to anyone who is building a website, regardless of niche.
Choosing a template for a WordPress website shouldn’t be as simple as choosing the one that looks best. You should also consider page speed, SEO, user-friendliness, site security, support, compatibility with device and browser, and customizability.
StudioPress created the world-famous Genesis Framework, as well as various child themes. The Genesis Framework is used in more than half a million WordPress sites. If you’re a frequent internet user, then chances are you’ve seen a website built on the Genesis framework and a StudioPress child theme.
StudioPress is now owned by WPEngine, so if you create a site with WPEngine, you get the Genesis framework, plus more than 40 StudioPress themes for free. However, their affiliate programs are separate.
The StudioPress affiliate program is being offered through ShareASale.
Additional information: Needs approval to be an affiliate, 60-day cookies
Commissions: 35% commission per sale; 5% sub-affiliate commission on sales referred by users you referred
Affiliate Program Site: StudioPress Affiliate Program
Template Monster offers plenty of different themes (26,640, as of 2019) and plugins for different content management systems (CMS), not just WordPress. They also offer 24/7 support for their products.
There are plenty of affiliate marketers that are already promoting this affiliate product.
Additional information: 365-day cookies, dedicated affiliate management team
Commissions: 30% commission for any user’s first purchase and 10% commission on further purchases
Affiliate Program Site: Template Monster Affiliate Program
People always want to learn something new. Whether it’s to change careers or to get additional income, or purely for the pleasure of learning to enrich one’s life, plenty of internet users in different niches are on the lookout for eCourses that they can easily access from their devices.
Udemy is an eCourse library containing 100,000 online courses on an extensive variety of topics. Millions of students master new skills every day, from thousands of teachers and tutors who teach these topics. They’re offering their affiliate program through Rakuten LinkShare.
Udemy frequently offers discounts and sales on smaller training courses, so students frequently wait for courses to go on sale and then buy them. The courses to promote would be the higher-value ones for higher commissions.
Additional information: Dedicated affiliate manager, promotional materials, extensive resources available for affiliates, 7-day cookies
Commissions: 20% commission
Affiliate Program Site: Udemy Affiliates Program
Coursera offers 1000+ courses and specializations provided by top notch institutions and teachers. The courses are mostly high-quality, with lectures, quizzes, and coursework all designed to provide maximum knowledge to course-takers.
Coursera is offering their affiliate program through Rakuten LinkShare.
Additional information: Promotional materials, affiliate newsletters, 30-day cookies
Commissions: 20% to 45% commission per sale
Affiliate Program Site: Coursera Affiliate Program
edX is another online library founded by Harvard University and MIT that provides best online courses by world’s best university and institutions. They not only offer basic courses, but also master’s degrees.
Their commissions may be smaller than the other programs featured here, but the cost of their courses can go as high up as $20,000 for master’s degrees.
They offer their affiliate program through Awin.
Additional information: Dedicated affiliate manager, promotional materials 60 Day Cookie
Commissions: 10% commission
Affiliate Program Site: edX Affiliate Program
There is no shortage of people who want to lead a healthier lifestyle for a variety of reasons, such as for digestive reasons, disease, or simply to lose weight. Thus, the health and fitness niche is a profitable one, and promoting their products and services can be profitable for you, too.
Organifi specializes in superfood supplements in the form of juice drink powders. It’s meant to benefit one’s overall health without the need for juicing and blending. They also offer subscription plans on their powders and supplements, for which you can also earn recurring commissions
Their affiliate program is offered through ClickBank.
Additional information: Dedicated affiliate resources site, affiliate manager, promotional materials
Commissions: Option 1: 50% commission on the front end and all upsells; Option 2: 30% commission on the front end and all upsells and 30% lifetime commission on rebills for subscriptions
Affiliate Program Site: Organifi Affiliate Resources
Total Gym offers a line of home fitness equipment, as well as exercise DVDs. As the equipment is fairly expensive, they’re targeted toward people who are serious about losing weight and building strength but are not able or willing to go to the gym.
There are some restrictions that may be deal-breakers for you, such as no email marketing, plus restrictions on some US states (Connecticut, North Carolina or Rhode Island).
Their affiliate program is offered through CJ Affiliate.
Additional information: Dedicated affiliate management team, 45-day cookies
Commissions: 3% to 7.5% commission per sale, depending on the product type
Affiliate Program Site: Become A Total Gym Affiliate
Life Fitness sells fitness and exercise equipment for both personal and commercial use. They strongly focus on innovation, and creating equipment with some unusual features. Again, as this entails a significant amount of investment, this is for customers who are serious about their fitness goals.
The affiliate program is only for home fitness equipment.
Additional information: Dedicated affiliate manager, bonuses and incentives, real-time analytics and reporting, 30-day cookies
Commissions: 8% commission per sale
Affiliate Program Site: Life Fitness Affiliate Program
Workout Warehouse sells many different brands of many different types of fitness equipment at deeply discounted price; from yoga and Pilates equipment to larger, more complicated equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals.
Their affiliate program is offered through CJ Affiliate.
Additional information: Promotional materials
Commissions: 8% to 11% commission per sale
Affiliate Program Site: Workout Warehouse Affiliate Program
Fitbit offers innovative wearable technology that tracks physical activity such as the wearer’s number of steps, sleep length, heart rate, and even female health (periods as well as ovulation and fertility windows). They’ve also recently ventured into smartwatches and even smart scales.
However, they only accept websites based in the U.S. and Canada, so you might want to skip this if you’re based overseas.
Their program is offered through CJ Affiliate.
Additional information: Promotional mate