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10 High Paying Affiliate Programs for Beginners

10 High Paying Affiliate Programs for Beginners

Learn and discover the right affiliate programs for beginners

October 14, 2022

GiGi Diaz

There are so many ways to monetize using social media and one of the most powerful ones is affiliate programs.

In this article you’re going to discover some of my favorite affiliate programs for beginners, how they work and why I love them.

But before we get into that list it’s important that you understand the difference between an affiliate network and an affiliate program.

A marketing network is a platform that serves as the middleman between brands and content creators also referred to as affiliate marketers. These networks host a large number of brands and affiliate marketers can apply or sign up with the brands through the network. Some very popular affiliate marketing networks include IZEA, CJ Affiliate and ShareASale.

An affiliate program is one that is run directly by the brand itself. No middle man.

Whether you want to work with an individual brand’s affiliate program or through an affiliate network is a matter of preference. Some brands do not list themselves on affiliate networks because they prefer a more hands-on approach to their affiliates.

You can do both or choose one or the other.

This article lists on affiliate programs that I have either used personally or know fellow influencers have loved working with. So let’s get started.

1. Canva

Canva is an essential tool of almost every business out there. If your brand is in the space of design and marketing this can be a fantastic affiliate program for you. You can earn up to $36 for each new Canva Pro subscriber that signs-up with your unique referral link. You also get priority support on the platforms and payments come out monthly through PayPal or eTransfers.

This platform offers absolutely gorgeous elements from fonts, to stock photo, to graphics and mmore. This is a one stop for templates that can be used on nearly all design platforms from Canva to Illustrator. The partner program offers a 15% commission on new customer purchases and a 5% commission on existing customer purchases made on Creative Market within 30 days of the referral.

Once your business starts to grow you’ll need a CRM to help you keep track of client journey and processing. Hubspot is one of the leaders in this space and the earnings are pretty awesome also since their fees vary from $50 to more than $3,000 per month. According to its website, the average commission payout in 2020 was almost $300.

Liquid Web offers two different options ­to monetize: their affiliate program and their refer-a-friend program. The affiliate program offers a ton of perks like giveaways, sales and promotions exclusive for affiliates. Affiliates also benefit from an affiliate manager, custom landing pages and custom links. You’ll earn 150% of the monthly hosting cost (with a minimum of $150). Pre-paid plans also have a 50% bonus.

5. Kajabi

This is my main business platform. I use it to host my landing pages, email marketing, online programs and sales. They also offer a CRM option, community management option, podcast hosting option and they’re constantly improving so there’s surely more to come. The affiliate program is great because they support affiliates through multiple sales and launches throughout the year. They also support affiliates by providing emails templates, graphics and other elements to help you promote the platform and thus make more money. You’ll receive 30% lifetime commission per new referral that remains active past the trial period.

If you’re a course creator but not quite ready to deal with a platform as elaborate as Kajabi, Teachable is a great option and their affiliate program is fantastic also. I used Teachable for some time in the beginning of my coaching career. It’s user friendly and practical. According to their website, affiliates can earn an average of $450 per month. Some make as more than $1,000 every month.

While this isn’t an affiliate program I have used personally, I have heard great things about it from friends who are beauty influencers. They're set up through a popular Affiliate Marketing Network called Rakuten, so this means they host their affiliate program through a third party. But it's got great compensation and it's an easy set up.

What I love about Amazon’s affiliate program is that the trust is already built in. Millions already shop from Amazon, for almost everything, so you wouldn’t be introducing something new. What you would be introducing are your favorite products from the platform via your storefront. Signing up is s a simple process and you can share your favorites in all areas from fashion, to beauty, home décor, kitchen must haves etc. You can earn up to 10% in associate commissions from qualifying programs and purchases.

I never realized how truly powerful TripAdvisor is until I traveled to Europe and noticed that every single business asks for reviews in this platform as opposed to their counterpart. When I learned about their affiliate program and how beginner friendly it is, I HAD to include it on this list. What makes it so beginner friendly is that there’s no actual sale required. You earn your commission through clicks on specific hotel booking links. For example, an affiliate that sends 170 clicks to TripAdvisor can receive $60 per month. When there is a booking, you can earn a minimum of 50% of the commissions that TripAdvisor receives from its hotel partners when the transaction began from your link. TripAdvisor also offers affiliates text links, banners, logos, badges, and other elements to help promote and drive traffic.


Every business needs a website and WIX is top rated for being easy to use and affordable. I left this one for last because it has a small caveat: you need to generate quite a bit of traffic and generate a commission of at least $300 monthly in order to remain active on the affiliate program. Why did I keep it on this beginner’s list despite this caveat? Because you can earn $100 for each referral who buys a WIX Premium Plan, so, essentially you only need to sell 3 premiums a month and that’s a pretty generous compensation program.

These are some of my favorites, many of which I used in my beginnings and some of which I still use now. The few I haven't used come highly recommended by fellow leading influencers and market affiliates. I can't wait to hear about which ones you explore! Happy marketing and come back to tell m how it goes!

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