Top 10 Shopify Affiliate Programs for 2019
Through the years, affiliate marketing was known as one of the most popular ways to earn a passive income for content creators. In a nutshell, the process is quite simple - the affiliate will promote the referral program in their content, such as video, blog posts or ebook; and for each signup from the audience, they will receive a commission.
If you are already an affiliate marketer working in the Shopify field; you will know the potential of promoting the Shopify ecosystem with 800,000+ users. Alternatively, if you’re not familiar with Shopify yet, it’s the right time to learn about the massive popularity of this platform and jump in to keep not only your wallet full but also your customers happy and productive.
Let’s dig through Shopify ultimate list of affiliate programs in its ecosystem so you can pick up the best suited one for you as well as your audience.
Table of contents
- Shopify Affiliate Program
- Shopify Theme Affiliate programs
Shopify affiliate program
When mentioning Shopify, one of the most solid platforms on the market, any affiliate will know about its referral program. It’s one of the more solid affiliate programs with a nice commission offer. For each signup, an affiliate can earn from $58 to $2,000 depending on the merchant user plan. The commission from Shopify is a one-time bounty payment equal to 200% of the merchant's monthly subscription fee for general plans (Basic, Shopify, Advanced); and equal to $2,000 for Shopify Plus subscription.
If you’re new to Shopify, you will need to register as a Shopify Partner first. After signing up for a new account, you will be asked to fill an application form and wait for approval. Becoming a Shopify Partner not only allows you to apply as a Shopify affiliate, but also offers lots of opportunities to earn massive income.
If you are already a Shopify Partner, you can access the Panel and click on ‘affiliate tools’ to apply for the affiliate program. Below is how the dashboard will look when a partner performs Shopify affiliate activities and gets trial signups. You can find all the necessary information or reports on this Dashboard to get insight and support for further campaigns.
Note: Due to the global expansion of Shopify, the referral for four countries, including France, Germany, Japan, and Singapore; will earn you up to 300% bounty payments until November, 2019.
Shopify Themes affiliate program
Pixel Union should be mentioned as one of the best Shopify theme providers in the marketplace. Starting out building themes for Tumblr in 2008, Pixel Union only made their move to the Shopify field three years later after seeing excessive growth in the e-commerce industry. Their themes library has ten themes in total in a range of topics and design styles.
Although there are many apps made by Pixel Union, the affiliate program is only applicable for their themes. By joining this program, you can earn 20% of all Shopify theme sales referred through their website. Please note that though all of Pixel Union themes are available on the Shopify App store, the referral tracking only works when the purchases are made via their website.
To start, you will need to fill a form first to register a new affiliate account through this link. After this, your new account will be pending approval and you have to wait for further processes.
Note: I have been waiting for 72 hours but have not received any response from them yet.
Another high-quality theme provider with many themes selling in the Shopify Themes Store, where it’s tough to approve theme submissions is Out of the Sandbox. They are an award-winning team that has developed the most popular and best-reviewed Shopify themes available.
Out of the Sandbox affiliate program offering for all theme sales referred to outofthesandbox.com can earn you up to 15% per sale with 30 cookie days applied. Compared to PixelUnion, signup for a new affiliate account with Sandbox is much easier and quicker since there is no approval time.
Following the affiliate program page and filling in the form, your account will be created immediately, and you can access your Dashboard right after.
The dashboard not only provides your unique referral link with real-time tracking, but also allows you to download and reuse banners for further promotional activities. Besides, there are other tabs such as ‘Payment history’ and ‘Reporting’ that can help you in managing your referral activities as well as the finance flow.
While the two providers above publish their themes on the Themes store as a way to approach customers, the Booster theme comes as an independent theme provider.
Compared to other general Shopify themes out there, Booster theme has an advantage with many advanced features. I was most impressed with their themes updating process. It solves one of the most common touchpoints of Shopify merchants when they need to import a new theme file every time it updates and leads to data loss problems. By developing Booster theme Central App, Booster theme, from version 2.0+, allows the customer to get a new updating theme feature with just 1-click while keeping all your settings at the same time.
By joining the Booster affiliate program, you can get up to 20% commission per sale with 30 days cookies. Since they also use Refersion to run their affiliate program like Out of the Sandbox, the process and dashboard function is almost the same so you can refer more details on the above section. The only difference is the Booster application form will require more information than Out of the Sandbox, but it won’t be a big issue.
Shopify Apps affiliate program
Put simply, PageFly is a compelling page builder app with a drag-and-drop system designed to boost conversion rates. With a Shopify app overall score of 4.8 stars last month, PageFly is currently listed in the top 2-page builder apps in the app store. The app allows users to freely build their own web pages with professional design even on a Free Shopify theme. Besides the app functions, one of the most outstanding points that makes customers stick with PageFly is the high-quality customer support with over 93% satisfied customers.
The PageFly affiliate program is similar to the Shopify system, so if you already joined and worked with Shopify referrals, there will be no difficulty becoming familiar with the flow. Besides, the PageFly team also provides up-to-date blog posts which will help affiliates walk in the right direction to achieve referral goals. For instance, check out 6 creative ways to earn money as a PageFly Affiliate.
The commission of this affiliate program is the highest among Shopify apps. You will get 100% revenue share for the first month and 30% lifetime commission from the second month onward, after the 20% Shopify app fee was taken out. This is the biggest difference between PageFly and other programs since they will pay for a single sale while PageFly pays you for recurring charges.
The process is also simple for anyone to get started. The PageFly program uses Tapfiliate, a trusted affiliate tracking software; that will help you a lot in checking and managing all your referral activities. To sign up, you just need to fill out the survey first, and then create a Tapfiliate account at their affiliate system and wait for no longer than 48 hours to be approved. However, in practice, the approval time is always sooner.
With 1,100+ 5-star ratings on the Shopify App store with powerful features, LimeSpot is the perfect option if you want to help your customer in delivering a unique Upsell, Cross-sell & personalized experience across different channels.
By joining the LimeSpot affiliate program, you can earn from 10% to 20% commission depending on the number and quality of referrals. However, the free app policy may cause some hardship at first. With all four plans, the app offers free usage until app-attributed revenue exceeds 5x the monthly subscription fee. It, of course, will be a win-point for Shopify merchants but at the same time, it will take time for you, as an affiliate, to successfully earn your commission.
The application process is also simple. You will need to fill in the signup form from LimeSpot and wait for approval. However, the waiting time will be longer than 72 hours based on my personal experience.
What if your visitors or customers are focusing on the Print-on-Demand niche?
It’s not a problem since Printful for Shopify merchants offers great commission as an affiliate.
In short, Printful is a printing service for POD which serves over 1 million sellers all over the world. By referring audience/clients to use the Printful Shopify app, merchants can easily sync their store, set up billing, shipping and start to sell their custom product online.
The affiliate program will offer you 10% of the order value by linking new customers to Printful from the first order. However, unlike the PageFly program that gives you lifetime commission, you only receive commission from Printful for nine months.
This program is openly applied for by Printful users so that they can easily access this area via the Dashboard after signing up.
Then, you just need to click on the ‘Become an affiliate’ button, fill in the registration form and wait for the application to be approved.
Another app affiliate program on this list is Bold Commerce, which provides a wide range of Shopify apps of different categories to help merchants power their store. This provider is trusted by 80,000+ merchants in more than 170 countries around the world. These numbers can’t lie. That means Bold Commerce is a great option that allows you to provide strong value to clients.
With their referral program, you'll get 10% of the recurring revenue of every app installed. Although the payment will be paid each month, you will need to earn $100 or more to receive it.
The signup process is speedy and easy - you only need to fill out three information fields and you can immediately access the Dashboard.
Of course, you still need to fill other necessary information such as Name, Referral Name, Country, and Company Name later but it’s only required when you want to get paid. In the Dashboard, you can check real-time commission as well as your history referrals list.
The interesting thing about this affiliate program is that you will have your own partner manager and can effortlessly book a meeting if you need any assistance.
Shopify Services affiliate program
To provide the value for your Shopify clients, of course, it would be great if you can give full-scale service whenever the merchant wants to custom their store. In this case, Dckap will be a great option since they are a full-service digital commerce agency which provides solutions for designing, developing, integrating, implementing, and marketing.
However, the Dckap partner program focuses more on building partnerships with other companies and agencies to make the ecosystem more accessible, healthier and prosperous. The commission is also not mentioned publicly on the partner page.
While Dckap general works with projects, Hey Carson is a service agency which focuses on helping Shopify merchants with small tasks without the overhead and cost of large or medium-sized projects. Their task catalog covers a large number of small jobs with an average price of $99.
The same as the Booster theme and Pixel Union, Carson uses Refersion as their affiliate solution and make it easier to sign up users to register as well as manage referral activities. The commission is different for each task or plan. For instance, you will earn $15 per order for a single task, $25 for a monthly plan, and $45 for the quarterly plan. Moreover, for each succeeding month renewal, you will also receive the commission and continue until the users cancel their plan.
However, one of the disadvantages of this affiliate program is the high churn and refund rate. That means even if you can refer the clients/customers to purchase Carson task, if they ask for a refund after, the purchase won’t be counted as a ‘conversion.’ Also, if you successfully got a ‘conversion,’ if it’s for the monthly or quarterly plan, it will take a month or even longer for an affiliate to receive their payment
As an affiliate and content creator, it’s not just about earning a significant amount of commission, but you also need to provide knowledge, experience, and tools which bring the durable value to customers and help their store grow. The list above already covers the necessary information about each program, but for a better experience, it's recommended that the affiliate should use the product first to know the function and the key features to provide them to the customer. It’s also critical to understand the audience first so they can trust you and so that you will know the most suitable and potential product to promote to them.
If you know any Shopify affiliate programs in the ecosystem, feel free to drop us a line. We’ll check it out and consider including it in this blog post.