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Making money online has become a quite common way of getting income. Current web design industry offers a plethora of opportunities for you. Web design companies view affiliate marketing as a part of their marketing strategies. There are so many affiliate programs out there. If you are hesitating which one to join, read this article. It won’t take you long. What are we going to discuss? We are going to compare affiliate programs from TemplateMonster, ThemeForest, ElegantThemes, MOJO Themes and Wix. Firstly, we will briefly tell you about every company, then summarize all the information in a usable comparison chart.

Web development affiliate programs are rather multifaceted. That’s why we will consider the following aspects:

• The range of products the company offers.

• The commission rate.

• Who can become an affiliate partner.

• Affiliate tools the company provides.

• The payout process.

• Bonuses, if there are some.

MOJO Themes

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MOJO Themes is a marketplace. They are selling WordPress, Joomla, eCommerce, and Tumblr themes. The overall number of their products is nearly 2K. It’s really simple to become an affiliate of MOJO Themes. Anyone who has an account becomes their affiliate automatically. Your user name turns to your affiliate ID. You can use it in the referral links. Everyone who comes via your affiliate link is tracked. If the user makes a deposit or a purchase, you get 30% commission from their payment. MOJO templates cost $35 on average. Let’s calculate: you get $10 for each successful referral. Cookies duration is 30 days. You can track how much money you have earned in your account and request the payout each month (if it’s more than $50). This means that if you don’t reach this amount, you will have to keep on working until the end of the next month. You also must have a PayPal account, as the company supports only this payment method. MOJO Themes provide you with banners, logos, and anniversary bundles to boost your affiliate campaign.


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It looks like ThemeForest offers the biggest collection of templates on the web. You may find 31K+ templates of various types and categories on their website. ThemeForest is a part of Envato Marketplace. This gives you more possibilities to earn because you get your commission if the person you referred buys any of Envato products. How to become a ThemeForest affiliate? You need to create an Envato account and get an approval. That’s all, after that you can generate your referral link and send traffic to any Envato page. They pay 30% commission for the first cash deposit or purchase the person has made. The company offers some eCommerce themes for $79 – $90, but most of the templates cost from $10 to $40. That is, the average cost of ThemeForest templates is about $30. We are not taking into account other Envato products as this blog post is focused on making money from promoting and selling templates. So, you are going to get nearly $9 for one sale. You can use provided banners and logos. If you have necessary skills, use Envato Market API logo. Company’s minimum payout is  50$. You can get your money via PayPal, Moneybookers/Skrill, SWIFT or Payoneer.


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Wix is a cloud-based web development platform. It allows anyone to create their own HTML5 website online. This feature differs them from the rest of web design affiliate programs. To put it simple, you don’t actually promote and sell templates. You need to drive traffic to Wix and get paid when your referral buys Wix Premium Plan. How to sign up to Wix affiliate program? Fill in the application and get approved. Unlike other affiliate programs mentioned in this article, you don’t get the percent from the sale. They pay you $100 for every premium user you referred who didn’t cancel within 14 days. Looks like easy money, isn’t it? However, you should remember that free Wix plan is pretty good and offers everything a person may need to start a website. In other words, the conversion might be not as high as you expect. There is a monthly sales target as well. According to it, you need to refer at least 3 sales per month. Cookies are active for 30 days. You can request a payout at the end of each month and you will be paid for the sales of the previous month. Please note, you need to make at least 3 sales to get your money. You will need a PayPal account because this is the only way to withdraw the money. You can use banners or invent something on your own for your affiliate campaign.


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ElegantThemes have 87 WordPress themes in their collection. The company uses the following unusual scheme: you don’t buy a particular template separately, but pay a certain amount and get access to all 87 themes at once. ElegantThemes offers their clients three pricing plans:

• Personal – $69 per year;

• Developer – $89 per year;

• Lifetime Access – $249 once.

You will need to create an account to become an affiliate. Their commission is 50% per sale. In fact it is the highest one on the market. However, keep in mind that after choosing a pricing plan a person is going to pay once and get all the 87 themes. They won’t come back through the same link to buy another template. You will need to work hard and drive really good traffic to have high conversion rate. The cookies expire within 60 days. A good bonus is the renewal commissions of the company. What is it? Everything is simple: when customers pay their yearly renewal fees you get your commission from them. ElegantThemes doesn’t supply you with any peculiar tools, so you will have to invent something yourself.


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And the last but not the least affiliate partner is TemplateMonster. They offer one of the most competitive affiliate programs for WordPress and web design niche. The company has 26K+ products of all types and categories in stock. Anyone can join their affiliate program. There is no approval procedure. The registration process is minimized to entering your email address. TemplateMonster offers a fair and transparent commission plan. You start from 30% commission per sale and can end up with 50%. What’s important, unlike many other affiliate programs, you are paid for each sale. Your commission growth depends on your monthly sales. The more sales you make, the higher commission are going to be the next month. The cookies are active for 365 days, which considerably increases your chances to earn money. The average price of template on is $90. That means you can get $27-$45 per sale. The minimum payout is $100, but this sum can be reached easily. The company supports a bunch of payment methods (PayPal, MoneyBookers (Scrill), Webmoney, Payoneer, SWIFT, ACH), which is really convenient for the affiliates.

TemplateMonster takes care about the success of your affiliate campaign. They provide you with all necessary tools. These are not only banners but also showcases, landing pages, WordPress plugin, ready-made shop and many others. Everyone will find something that suits their particular project by all means. What’s more, unlike all other web development affiliate programs, TemplateMonster provides you with your personal affiliate manager, who is ready to help 24/7/365 no matter what country you are living in. You can call, write an email or contact your manager via Skype with any questions.

Here comes the thing that you won’t find in any other affiliate program: it is a possibility of earning supervisor’s 5% cut. In other words, if you refer other people to TemplateMonster’s affiliate program, you become their supervisor and get additional 5% from their earnings.

Searching for other possibilities to benefit from web design niche? TemplateMonster provides them also. Web studios and individual web developers have an opportunity to be included in TemplateMonster Web Studio Catalogue and get orders from company clients. How to become a certified partner? You need to pass a free Certification Centre course. Those who are not too knowledgeable in web design but still want to become a part of the project can benefit from Social Stock Contest. Check out our last article on the Social Stock program here.

Now, as we have promised at the beginning of this article, here is comparison table putting together all the information above.

CompanyProductsCommission RateAverage Earning per SaleMinimum PayoutPayment MethodsCookie DurationAffiliate ToolsBonuses
MOJO Themes2K: WordPress Joomla, eCommerce, Tumblr30%$10$50PayPal30 daysBanners & logos, anniversary bundle banners
ThemeForest31K+: all types30%$9$50PayPal, Moneybookers/Skrill, SWIFT, Payoneer30 daysBanners & logos, Envato Market API logoPart of Envato Marketplace
Wix$100$100$300PayPal30 daysBanners
ElegantThemes87 WordPress themes50%$34-$45$58PayPal60 daysRenewal commissions
TemplateMonster26K+: all types30% – 50%$27-$45$100Paypal, MoneyBookers (Scrill), Webmoney, Payoneer, SWIFT, ACH365 daysWordPress plugin, banners, showcases, landing pages, presets, RMS, WebAPI, WidgetsPersonal affiliate manager. Supervisor’s 5% cut.Web Studio Catalog

To make a long story short, there are lots of opportunities of making money with affiliate programs. However, you’d better consider all essential points before signing up with one of them:

  • the commission-average template cost ratio,
  • the advantages and the tools provided,
  • minimum payout and how easy it is to achieve it,
  • the flexibility and progressiveness of the commission plan,
  • payment methods provided.

It’s natural that every company tries to highlight only the most beneficial sides of their affiliate program. Beware, don’t let yourself to be caught. Pay attention to the details, make your own conclusions and take advantage from web design niche.

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