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Highest Paying Affiliate Programs

Updated on November 23, 2015

The really big money, online is in affiliate marketing. Getting to it isn't easy, you need good quality traffic and great affiliate programs, to really earn well.

In this article we will be looking at some of the hottest niches and the highest paying affiliate programs, in those niches.

Publishers don't like to talk about these affiliates, because they aren't looking for the competition.

Some important concepts

1.Cookie time length: Cookies are what identifies the traffic, you refer to affiliate sellers, as your traffic. Let's take Amazon as an example, they set their cookies to 24 hours. So, if someone you referred to Amazon buys something in the following 24 hours, you get a commission.

Clearly Amazon is ripping us off, 3 days would be much fairer. Also their commission percentages are pretty low.

2.Your platform

Some of us use blogs, others Hubpages or Squidoo lenses to sell our affiliate products. Hubpages does not allow some of the affiliates that I am going to discuss. For those, just use Squidoo, as the service is fairly similar.

3. If they ask you for a web address

If you are using Hubpages and they ask for a web site address, try giving them your profile page. If that doesn't work open a free account and give them that address.

Software Affiliates

Software has always sold very well, online. There are many different kinds of software, making it easy to find low competition keywords.

Commission: 50%-75%
Minimum Payout: $100


RegNow sell the kind of software that you download, not the kind that needs to be shipped to the client. This means you can sell to everyone, not just the US market. Also the commission is much higher.

Many of the products they sell can be downloaded on a trial basis. Then when the client decides to buy it, you get paid. I have found this system greatly improves sales.

Generally you get around $20, per sale.

Web Hosting Affiliates

Web hosting can monetize world wide traffic, not just US traffic, like with many affiliates.


Commission: $65 on every sale
Minimum Payout: $195 - 3 sales

Lunarpage is a very big web hosting company. Definitely in the top 10 world wide and has one of the highest paying affiliate programs. If you are a web designer and you want to pay for the accounts directly, you can still get the affiliate commissions.

Travel Affiliates

  • Airline transactions: $4 per transaction
  • Expedia Special Rate hotel transactions: 5.5% to 6% per transaction based on monthly Merchant hotel sales
  • Agency hotel transactions: 3% per transaction
  • Rental car transactions: 2% per transaction
  • Cruise transactions: $20 to $30 per transaction based on monthly Cruise sales
  • Vacation package transactions: 2.5% of vacation package
  • Destination Services/Activities transactions: 5% per transaction

If you look at the rates, it might not seem like much. But, let's look at an example. Say you refer someone to Expedia. They are a family of four, the family plans to fly to Paris from New York then rent a car and drive around France, for a week. They will stay in pre-booked hotels and the whole family will need travel insurance. Now work out the commission on that.

Health Affiliates

The medical niche has some of the highest paying affiliate programs. The cost of creating and shipping the goods is relatively low, while the price is relatively high.

Commission: 21-29%
Cookies: 3 days
Minimum Payout: $200

They pay lifetime commission. So if someone registers, you get a commission, every time they buy from MedStore.

Affiliate Networks

Affiliate networks are brokers that bring affiliates and publishers together. You will have to shop around to find a high paying affiliate though.


Minimum Payout: $25

They have a number of very well known brands.


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    • jGaunt profile image

      jGaunt 7 years ago from London

      I mostly target english speakers. I suppose if you target for instance Spanish speakers you need an affiliate that will support the language.

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Thank you for this useful info. I just joined RegNow, and have just found some other great affiliate sites here.


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      writerbill 7 years ago from pennsylvania

      A lot of great info. Im new to all of this, but great pages like this really help. I usually only hear about clickbank and amazon. So Thanks.

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      bileygur 7 years ago from Reykjavik

      I love CJ, so many posibilities of affiliates. You got to love them.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Have bookmarked for a future reference! Excellent! You have awesome Hubs!

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      JamesCanton 7 years ago from St. Louis MO

      Good stuff - I googled this topic and all the articles I got were stuffed with ads that I didn't need. Your article was the easiest and most straight-forward one I got to. Thanks.

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      mikenin 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Good hub. It helps to be an affiliate for a product that you personally use. That can make it much easier to promote. This hub gives a good variety of things that people might be interested in. Thanks.

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      CARETAKERRAY 7 years ago


      Very useful hub. thanx for writing it. :)


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      PWalker281 7 years ago

      Nice overview of affiliate programs. I'm just getting started in affiliate marketing, and these "overview" hubs are really helpful.

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      jGaunt 8 years ago from London

      Ben, you can put two hyperlinks to Medstore pages on a hub. You can't link to gambling or adult sites.

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      Ben Zoltak 8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      I want to understand this better! I like your writing jGaunt and I can tell you're very knowledgeable, I'll be looking for more in the future.

      I guess what I don't understand is, from a HubPages point of view, is it possible to place for example, Medstore ads on hubs? Or is that only if you own your own blogsite or website?



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      roxygirl 8 years ago

      Okay, this is great! I have been an affiliate marketer for years now, and I get lost in all the programs I've been working.

      I haven't made millions, I haven't even made thousands, but that is my own fault. I wasn't paying enough attention to cookies. Da**, it makes so much sense now.

      Thank you!!!!

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      jabyrd82 8 years ago from Farmington,New Mexico

      Wow this is a great article thanks for the knowledge !!!

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      cutedoll 8 years ago from new york

      great great information.. Are you earning lot of money from

      affiliate marketig? I am gonna check all your hubs.

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      GAWjr 8 years ago from Denver, CO

      That was a great article. I've read a lot on affiliate marketing, and you took the words out of my mouth. I always advise potential affiliate marketers the same way you did here, when they're interested in knowing the highest paying Affiliate niches. Good Job.

      Jay Walter

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      josel_palacios 8 years ago

      Hi jGaunt. Your blog is great. I learned a lot here, especially about the different kind of affiliate programs out there. Thanks!

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      MariahMomms 8 years ago

      Affiliate marketing is a great way to start out on the internet. Anyone who wants to make money online should start with this. It is the easiest and quickest way to get a taste of the online business world.

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      lesleyk1 8 years ago from Australia

      great hub - well written and easy to read

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      moneymakersguide 8 years ago

      Thank you, I really enjoyed your article and it was helpful:)

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      Erick Smart 8 years ago

      It is more than just your affiliate program but also the niche you are trying to make money in. Some just pay more per sale than others.

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      vilims 8 years ago

      useful information for affiliate marketing.

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      Billsnetwork 8 years ago

      Excellent hub on affiliate sites that work well and great use of formatting with your pics. You gave a lot of info on the particular affiliate programs with a lot of detail. I don't see this a lot with hubs.

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      Wingswriter 8 years ago from Nebraska

      Very good information. Thanks for the insight.

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for the useful info - will definitely give some of them a try.

      Love and peace


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      Hawkesdream 8 years ago from Cornwall

      thankyou a very useful site ,not written in gobblede gook either.

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      Netters 8 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      Wow, very good hub. I learned a lot. I use clickbank but haven't done very well. Thank you!

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      jGaunt 8 years ago from London

      Direxmd, you can put links to them on your hubpages. Click on that link in the article, then click on the "Join now" button. If they ask you for a web site, give them your hubpages address. If they don't take it, try opening a temperary blogger account and using that.

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      Direxmd 8 years ago

      How would I go about getting an affiliation with Expedia? They aren't on hubpages, huh?

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      ajcor 8 years ago from NSW. Australia

      great information - useful - have tried to affiliate market with little to no success for a couple of years but I had been thinking about finding a reliable affiliate type company/s that sells medical products and travel - so will take a look...thanks

      plus i agree with your comment about the amazon attitude to cookies...they are clearly the winners here..