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- SiteGround Affiliate Program
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- ProductEditor: 100%
- Commission %Editor: 90%
- ConversionsEditor: 100%
- Affiliate DashboardEditor: 100%
So I’m kind of pumped.
Last month (December 2016) I made $3,000 through SiteGround’s affiliate program which is a $2,400 increase from the previous month. How did I do this?
I did a TON of research (which I’ll share with you), took a ton of screenshots (which I’ll also share with you), and decided to promote SiteGround on a few articles related to hosting and website speed. I specialized in SEO for 5 years so I’ll also share keywords and content ideas. By the end of this SiteGround affiliate review you will have the keywords, screenshots, and resources to make serious cash endorsing the #1 rated WordPress host in this Facebook poll.
Check it out…
Here are some of the emails…
Table Of Contents
- $50 – $125 Tier Commissions
- 4% Conversion Rates
- 10% Reversal Rates
- Real-Time Sales Notifications
- Affiliate Dashboard / Creating Custom Links
- Support From SiteGround’s Affiliate Team
- Promoting SiteGround With Screenshots
- Get Your Site Loading In Under 1s
- SiteGround Keywords (For SEO)
- Social Proof: Twitter Statuses
- 2015 Affiliate Assessment
- SiteGround Affiliate FAQS
- Sign Up For SiteGround’s Affiliate Program
1. $50 – $125 Tier Commissions
SiteGround Affiliate Program vs. WP Engine – I know what you’re thinking… why would I promote SiteGround when I can make $200/commission with WP Engine’s affiliate program?
- SiteGround has a MUCH better reputation
- This means higher conversions rates and lower cancellations
- About 2.5x as many people cancel with WP Engine than SiteGround
- SiteGround plans start at $3.95/month (instead of $29/month with WP Engine)
- Since 25% of WP Engine customers cancel, you might lose trust with your readers
- This Facebook poll (and other screenshots in my review) sell SiteGround in itself
- Even though they’re lower commissions to start, it should be much higher long-term
No Reward For Selling Expensive Hosting Plans – the main disadvantage to any tier program is you don’t get rewarded for selling the expensive plans. Here’s a dedicated server I sold for $229/month but only got a $50 commission. This is the ONLY con to SiteGround’s affiliate program – so you may want to focus on selling cheaper (shared) plans because more people will buy them and you get the same commission. SiteGround may be willing to make an exception for selling higher plans by manually upping the commission (they’ve done it before).
- Incentive to sell more
- 1 sale/day = $45,625/year
- Conversion rates are high (4%)
- Reversal rates are low (around 10%)
- Commissions are paid every week
2. 4% Conversion Rates
This is different for each affiliate and depends on your marketing skills. I found I get about a 4% conversion rate which at 150 clicks, you should already make (6 x $75) x .9 = $405/month. I did notice when I added my screenshots and social proof, conversion rates for that month increased to 5.48%, so it should actually be a little higher than 4% if you promote them well.
3. 10% Reversal Rates
In order to calculate your actual commission per sale you will need to take into account reversal rates (how many people request a refund after the sale). If you make 21 sales at $125 per sale, but 10% of those sales get reversed, you’re actually making around $112.5/sale.
Even though you get $200 per sale as a WP Engine affiliate (another WordPress host), 25% of those sales are reversed so you’re actually making $150 per sale. While this is more than SiteGround, 25% of your readers are now disappointed with the hosting service you referred them to. Referring them to the RIGHT service should be top priority and builds customer loyalty, which is super important in affiliate marketing. Bottom line – don’t sell your soul for higher commissions… people will recognize this, and it will increase sales long-term.
4. Real-Time Sales Notifications
Anytime you make a sale, SiteGround will send you an email:
5. Affiliate Dashboard / Creating Custom Links
SiteGround’s affiliate dashboard has everything you need to market their hosting and get statistics: affiliate link customizer, custom link tracking, conversion and reversal reports, etc.
Affiliate Link Customizer – create custom links to any page on SiteGround’s website so you can track each one separately and see it’s conversion rate. This will also shorten the link and use siteground.com/go/ instead of yourwebsite.com/go/ which is better. You can see my link to SiteGround’s features page: (https://www.siteground.com/go/startup-growbig-gogeek) has a high conversion rate which means I should probably be using this affiliate link more.
Conversion Report – if you want to get the higher 5%+ conversion rates like I had last month, use my screenshots the social proof (embedded Facebook / Twitter status of people who complimented SiteGround). This is most definitely what I contribute the large increase to.
Commission Report – learn what hosting plans people are signing up for using your affiliate links, pending commissions, and the status of whether your commissions have been paid.
Banners – I’m not a big fan of banners but they do have them…
Don’t forget to check out their speed, security, and support pages in their cPanel. These include load time comparison charts from multiple hosts (like the one below), support response time comparisons, and other screenshots I listed in this SiteGround affiliate review.
Payment Information – you will need a PayPal account and can also set triggers.
6. Support From SiteGround’s Affiliate Team
SiteGround’s affiliate support is just as good as their regular customer support. They actually reached out to me in December once I started making substantial sales to make suggestions. Now, their affiliate team and I are working together to run some speed tests on Siteground vs other hosting companies… so yes they will definitely work with you to increase your sales.
7. Promoting SiteGround With Screenshots
Over the last several months I have accumulated quite the collection of screenshots I use to promote SiteGround. They are all 680px (w) so you may need to resize them, but I will show you where I found each one. Feel free to copy these and use them on your own website.
Facebook poll where SiteGround was rated the #1 WordPress host…
Facebook post from someone who asked about WordPress hosting…
Load time improvement after SiteGround migration…
I’m a little obsessed with making sure my GTmetrix report looks good, and you should also do this as it can be a key selling point. If you’re using WordPress you can use my WordPress speed optimization guide or hire my WordPress developer who got my site load in under 1s…
SiteGround has the fastest load times, screenshot is on the speed page in their cPanel…
Tickets answered immediately, screenshot is on the support page in their cPanel…
100% uptimes in Uptime Robot…
The fact that I’m actually hosted with SiteGround (use whoishostingthis.com)…
Don’t forget to save these emails so you can show people you actually use a certain plan…
Cloudflare CDN, get this screenshot in your cPanel…
I have plenty of other screenshots on my SiteGround WordPress hosting review if you need screenshots for staging, SiteGround plan comparisons, data centers, automatic backups, and information about their cloud hosting plan. You can read my StartUp, GrowBig, GoGeek, and cloud hosting reviews if you need screenshots related to specific SiteGround hosting plans.
8. Get Your Site Loading In Under 1s
One of the best ways to promote SiteGround is to get your website loading super fast and showcase your reports in tools like GTmetrix, Pingdom, and Page Speed Insights. If you’re using WordPress I have been working with the same developer for 5 years who I found on freelancer.com and helped me optimize my site to load in under 1s. You can view my WordPress speed guide if you want to do this yourself but my developer is $25/hour and has a perfect 5 star review on his profile. You can email him at [email protected]. If you’re NOT using WordPress you can still use freelancer.com to find a developer who can help you do this.
9. SiteGround Keywords (For SEO)
If you think “SiteGround Review” is going to be your main keyword, you have some research to do. This keyword will be way too competitive so you’re better of reviewing their individual plans (SiteGround StartUp Review), comparing them to other hosts (SiteGround vs. WP Engine) and including them in tutorials about website speed (How To Configure The W3 Total Cache Plugin). This is a MUCH better strategy and the keywords will be much less competitive.
- SiteGround StartUp Review
- SiteGround GoGeek Review
- SiteGround Cloud Hosting Review
- SiteGround Dedicated Server Review
- SiteGround eCommerce Hosting Review
- SiteGround Vs. Bluehost WordPress
- How To Configure The W3 Total Cache Plugin
- How To Make Your WordPress Site Load Faster
10. Social Proof: Twitter Statuses
People want unbiased reviews, and embedding Twitter statuses from current SiteGround customers is one way to do that. You can do an advanced Twitter search to see happy customers who have tweeted to SiteGround. You’ll notice my GoGeek review includes tweets specifically about the GoGeek plan. You can do this with speed, support, and other topics…
Thank you @SiteGround for always being there when I have a question about my website hosting, and always having an answer. It’s appreciated.
— Chrystina Noel (@ChrystinaNoel) September 24, 2015
@SiteGround support is amazeballs.
— Ming Johanson (@MingJohanson) August 8, 2015
Just finished moving everything I needed to over to my @SiteGround GoGeek hosting account. As my catch-all server, it’s seriously awesome.
— Julien Melissas (@JulienMelissas) April 1, 2015
— Kate Shaw (@thekateshaw) January 13, 2016
@SiteGround your cloud hosting rocks. Really is a noticeable improvement over GoBig. Are there any iPhone apps to keep check of server perf?
— Andrew (@andrewmcsweeney) October 24, 2015
@SiteGround One month completed in siteground.. Happily renewed our cloud hosting packages.. :) Thank you soo much..
— Free student project (@projects_buzz) November 1, 2016
— Phil ‘dm’ Campbell (@philcampbell) June 14, 2016
@SiteGround thank you for fixing this issue.
— Aaron DeVandry (@aarondevandry) July 20, 2016
— DoanPhuong Nguyen (@Zoe1416) March 18, 2016
Just set up a GoGeek WordPress hosting plan with @SiteGround and I couldn’t be happier with them.
— Tristan M☾Donald (@WaveTemple) July 10, 2015
— Jonathan Griffin (@thebesthostnews) May 23, 2015
I’ve deserted Hostgator after 10 years. Now moving everything over to Siteground cloud hosting.
— Sue Bride (@sueken) September 15, 2015
11. 2015 Affiliate Assessment
The recent SiteGround affiliate assessment shows what other affiliates think of the program…
Here are the top reasons people joined SiteGround’s affiliate program…
And here’s how SiteGround improved the program (in 2015) based on feedback from other SiteGround affiliates. Some things they did were add an affiliate link customizer, campaign tracking, detailed commission reports, promo guide, and other improvements. SiteGround is a people company and actually cares about their customers, affiliates, and employees. You can count on them to continuously improve their hosting service AND affiliate marketing program.
12. Affiliate FAQs
Still have questions? Check SiteGround’s affiliate FAQs to learn
13. Sign Up For SiteGround’s Affiliate Program
Here’s where you can become a SiteGround affiliate…
Questions About SiteGround’s Affiliate Program?
Leave me a comment and I’ll be glad to answer it. All I can say is I am SUPER glad I decided to promote them instead of WP Engine even though the commissions are initially lower, but long-term it looks like it’s starting to pay off. I’m honestly going to be relying on SiteGround’s affiliate program to make most of my living and still see huge potential in making more money.
See Also: 35+ WordPress Affiliate Marketing Programs (comprehensive list of affiliate programs for hosting, theme, SEO, speed optimization and more).
See Also: SiteGround WordPress hosting review (a full review of SiteGround’s WordPress hosting which can give you even more ideas on promoting them).
- SiteGround’s outstanding reputation means more sales, higher conversions, and less reverals, which can make it more profitable long-term than even WP Engine’s affiliate program
- Earn up to $125 per sale but SiteGround may be willing to increase commissions even more if you make around 30 sales/month consistently
- Affiliate link customizer makes your links look pretty and can track clicks and conversion rates for individual affiliate links
- There are tons of Twitter and Facebook statuses you can embed from happy SiteGround customers (social proof)
- SiteGround’s hosting is super fast which means you should have no problem making your GTmetrix and speed testing reports look nice (especially with the help of my developer)
- Get a notification as soon as you make a sale
- SiteGround has amazing support for their affiliates and conducts an annual survey to improve their affiliate program
- Per sale commissions offers no incentives to promote more expensive plans like cloud hosting and dedicated servers; even if you refer someone to a $229/month plan, you could only make $50 off the sale