Thursday , 21 August 2014
How to Make Money with HostGator Affiliate Program

How to Make Money with HostGator Affiliate Program

Anyone interested in affiliate marketing has most likely heard about the HostGator affiliate program. It’s one of the most popular affiliate programs on the Internet because it pays great and is a big seller. Your blog doesn’t even necessarily need to be in the web hosting niche in order to benefit from the HostGator affiliate program, although it certainly doesn’t hurt if it is.

HostGator Affiliate - How it Works

If you’re interested in becoming a HostGator affiliate, you’ll first need to create your own HostGator affiliate account. It’s completely free for everyone and it’s very easy to set up. I’ve been using the program for a couple of years now and have had great success with it by using the techniques that I discuss in this article.

HostGator Affiliate - Getting Started

Now that you’re set up with your very own HostGator affiliate account, it’s time for the real work to begin. Making money with the HostGator affiliate program isn’t as simple as spamming your referral link all over the place. You’ll need to be smart when it comes to promoting HostGator in order to make a good chunk of money each month. Keep reading to see how I earn money each month with the HostGator affiliate program.

How much does a HostGator affiliate get paid?

The HostGator affiliate program offers some of the best commissions around. You start out at $50 per signup and it can go up to a whopping $125 per signup if you get 21 or more referrals per month. Check out the chart below to see all of the commission options available with the HostGator affiliate program.

HostGator Affiliate Earnings

As you can see, making thousands of dollars each month just from the HostGator affiliate program is a very real possibility. You just need to know the best ways to get more referrals, which is what this guide is all about.

How to make money with HostGator affiliate program

Making money with the HostGator affiliate program isn’t exactly rocket science. Everyone is capable of earning thousands of dollars each month as long as you properly promote it. I’m going to tell you my secrets that I use for making money as a HostGator affiliate.

1) Write About It

There’s no better way to promote the HostGator affiliate program than by writing about it. It’s what I do on this very blog and it works wonders for getting more referrals. Before you even consider writing about it though, make sure you have first hand experience with the services that HostGator offers. You want to actually be genuine with your readers because if they don’t trust you then they’re certainly not going to click on your referral links.

Once you have sufficient experience with everything that HostGator has to offer, you’ll be able to write about it on your blog. You can go into detail about all the different features offered as well as how you’ve benefited from them. This is your chance to really become a salesman and convince people that they absolutely need to be using HostGator or else they’re missing out.

2) Create Coupons

Everyone loves getting a good deal on something. One of the awesome things about being a HostGator affiliate is that you can generate your very own coupon codes in order to encourage more referrals. If you’re not doing this then you’re missing out on a huge opportunity.

HostGator Affiliate Create Coupon

It’s very simple to generate your own custom coupon codes. Once you login to your HostGator affiliate account, you’ll see a link near the top of the page called “Manage Coupons“. Just click on that link and you’ll be taken to a page that allows you to not only create new coupons but also see how many commissions you’ve made on existing coupons.

When creating new coupons, I like to incorporate the name of my blog into the coupon name. For example, here are my HostGator coupon codes:

  • DollarBlab25OFF – This saves you 25% on your first invoice.
  • DollarBlab – This code will make your first month of hosting on 1 cent.

As you can see, using your blog name in the coupon name makes it look like you’re offering an exclusive deal only to your readers. Like I said before, people LOVE getting deals.

3) Cloak Your Link

You should be cloaking your affiliate links in order to make the URL look nicer. Your HostGator affiliate link is a very long URL and a lot of people, myself included, tend to avoid clicking on overly long links. They look like spam and you just never know where they’ll lead you to. Check out my detailed guide on how to cloak affiliate links to get much more information about the subject.

4) Share Your Link

I’m going to assume that you’re familiar with social networks. There’s no better way to get your HostGator affiliate link out there than by sharing it on all of the major social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Just make sure to cloak your affiliate links before doing this, as it will make it much more likely that people will actually click on it.

I’ve found that the best way to promote your HostGator affiliate link is by joining a bunch of Facebook groups related to blogging. These groups are an excellent way to get referrals because many people in these groups are new to blogging and are still looking for a hosting company. Don’t forget to promote your coupon codes as well to get even more sales.

5) Advertising

It might cost you a bit of money but advertising will get your HostGator affiliate link seen by a huge amount of people. It isn’t against the ToS either and it’s a smart way to get more referrals as long as you aren’t spending more money than you’ll be getting back.

HostGator Affiliate - Get Banners

If you’re using banner ads to advertise then there’s a couple things you should know. First, you should actually spell out your referral link on the banner ad. The banner ad should already be linking to your HostGator Affiliate URL but it’s a great idea to write it out in order to ensure your link actually gets used. Be sure to put your coupon codes on the banner ad as well. By doing this, you don’t actually need to get banner clicks for the advertising to work.

In conclusion

Being a HostGator affiliate can be very rewarding if you know how to get referrals. I’ve had great success with it just by doing the things I wrote about in this guide. Go ahead and sign up for a HostGator Affiliate account and start earning your own money.

HostGator Affiliate Program

About Mike Howg

Web Designer and Writer | Founder of | Enjoys blogging with WordPress, messing around with Photoshop, and sharing my knowledge with everyone.


  1. This is another great guide. It looks like the Host Gator affiliate program took some time to get going (there was a significant amount of bad feedback circulating a few years back), but it looks pretty good now. I think you must be doing pretty well with it because, unlike many tech blogs that take the ‘top 10’ approach to affiliate marketing, you’ve chosen to focus on just the one. The great thing about that is, of course, that you’re able to lay out a primer for affiliate strategy, which I think is lacking in the broader lists. That being said, I’d be curious know what you think of some of the other popular programs out there (LinkShare, ClickBank, Google, etc.)

  2. OK, I’m one of those blog newbies which explains why I’m at your site trying to learn all I can. I do understand the basics of affiliate marketing although I am a long way from having enough traffic to do it. I liked the article and the way you showed how to market it. How do I know when I will have enough traffic to make it work? Can you give an approximate figure to use as a goal? I especially like the idea of incorporating your blog name into the coupon name. Anything that will draw attention to my blog, within reason, seems good. I would like to know about other affiliate sites, do they work in a similar way when it comes to marketing or is each very unique in the way it should be handled (told you I was a newbie). Thanks for any information you can share.

  3. How have your conversions for HostGator been? Are you using them for any of your own sites? I’ve always had good luck by making guides on how to use products like this that I am promoting. That way if someone wants to use it rather than sell it they wont be confused on what to do. I originally had that problem with GoDaddy not knowing what to do and just being thrown in. This is a great guide though and should help a lot of affiliates.

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