After making $391,235 with SiteGround’s affiliate program, it’s time to say goodbye.
The company has been changing too many things (price increases, reduced support, replacing cPanel with Site Tools, moving customer accounts to Google Cloud, and unfixable CPU limits).
This is all listed in my updated SiteGround review.
Yes, I was one of the first affiliates to promote SiteGround. Yes, they used to be very good. But things have changed in the hosting industry and better, faster options have become available. It’s time to adapt and promote who most people are recommending in Facebook Groups. That’s why I joined Cloudways affiliate program and started promoting them instead of SiteGround.
Keep in mind: my blog is about website speed, not being cheap. My audience wants fast, solid hosting. Promoting Cloudways affiliate program may not be right for you especially if you’re creating “how to start a blog” tutorials in which case most bloggers and YouTubers recommend cheap/easy hosting like Bluehost. You can promote who you want, my goal is to simply give you tips for choosing the best affiliate program for your audience and why it may not be SiteGround.
An Honest Review Of SiteGround's Affiliate Program
- Why I Stopped Promoting SiteGround
- No Longer #1 Rated Host In Facebook Polls
- Following The Trends In Facebook Groups
- Consider Bluehost’s Affiliate Program Instead
- Consider Cloudways Affiliate Program Instead
- SiteGround Is Banning Affiliates From Certain Countries
- $50 – $160 Tier Commissions
- What Is The Average Conversion Rate?
- Affiliate Dashboard / Creating Custom Links
- No Coupon Codes Or Sub-Affiliate Commissions
- Show Off Your Fast Site + GTmetrix Report
- My Income Reports For Making $391,235 With SiteGround
1. Why I Stopped Promoting SiteGround
Over the years, the amount of SiteGround complaints have skyrocketed. Search “SiteGround” in Facebook Groups and here are just a few bad things they have done, as shown in my review.
- Cancelled affiliates accounts – certain countries like India, New Zealand, likely others.
- Price Increases – increased prices twice in 2018 and 2020, plus high renewals.
- Reduce Support – took away live chat and moved priority support to GoGeek.
- CPU Limits – unexplainable and often unfixable CPU limits even on cloud hosting.
- Corruption In Facebook Groups – SG community manager is admin of WP Speed Up.
- Slower TTFB – slower over the years as shown in my test on SiteGround’s test server.
- Forcing Customers Onto Big G – moved customers to Google Cloud without warning.
- No More cPanel – ditched cPanel for Site Tools as soon as cPanel increased prices.
- Profits – they seem to only make changes with profits in mind, not their customers.
2. No Longer #1 Rated Host In Facebook Polls
SiteGround used to be #1 in most Facebook polls, but not recently.
Now it’s mainly Cloudways. If you still want to promote SiteGround, I have screenshots of polls where they are rated #1, but most of these polls are from years ago when SiteGround was good.
3. Following The Trends In Facebook Groups
DigitalOcean, Bluehost, and A2 are some of the top SiteGround alternatives.
I understand it may be hard to change all your content to start promoting a new affiliate, but I am continuing to do this every day. This SiteGround affiliate program review needed to be updated for many months, but I finally did thanks to someone calling me naive in the comments.
4. Consider Bluehost’s Affiliate Program Instead
If your audience is beginners, Bluehost’s affiliate program is a good option.
Most people creating “how to start a blog” tutorials refer people to Bluehost and they have similar commissions as SiteGround ($65/sale to start, but about $150/sale once you increase sales volume). I usually don’t recommend Bluehost since they’re not fast and my blog is about speed. But they’re cheap and do the job. And like I said, the hosting company you promote should completely depend on your audience’s needs (pricing, user-friendliness, speed, etc).
5. Consider Cloudways Affiliate Program Instead
If your audience is more experienced and wants better, faster hosting than SiteGround, I’m personally focusing on the Cloudways affiliate program.
I was hesitant to switch because I was doing very well with SiteGround. But once I collected my social media evidence as I did with SiteGround, I was very happy with the results. I found recent Facebook polls, positive feedback in threads, they were #1 in my unofficial Pingdom speed test, and migration results (including my own after moving from SiteGround to Cloudways DO plan).
6. SiteGround Is Banning Affiliates From Certain Countries
SiteGround decided that affiliates from some countries (Indian, New Zealand, etc) don’t produce enough sales and decided to cancel all their affiliate accounts. So if you’re from a country (or have a certain audience) that might not buy their more expensive plans, they could easily cancel your account without notice. This was also reported in the Bloggers Passion Facebook Group where sadly, nearly every Indian was reporting this. It was honestly sad to see.
7. $50 – $160 Tier Commissions
To get higher commissions, you need more sales. This is true with SiteGround’s affiliate program (and most others). Once you do, you can negotiate your commissions with the affiliate manager.
Most hosting affiliates cap out at $150/sale or $160/sale if you’re getting around 80+ sales/month. Your affiliate manager will be more willing to negotiate commissions if you’re referring people to GoGeek, cloud, dedicated. Though SiteGround’s cloud hosting isn’t good.
8. What Is The Average Conversion Rate?
These were my conversion rates for specific types of SiteGround affiliate links.
Keep in mind these numbers dropped when SiteGround increased prices and started having problems, so I wouldn’t expect these kinds of numbers anymore. Whatever program you choose, look at how high conversions were to their free migrations page – almost 7.5% is solid.
Overall conversions used to higher back in the day (this is their old affiliate dashboard):
9. Affiliate Dashboard / Creating Custom Links
SiteGround’s affiliate dashboard has everything you need to market their hosting and get statistics: affiliate link customizer, custom link tracking, conversion and reversal reports, etc.
Affiliate Link Customizer – create custom links to any page on SiteGround’s website so you can track each one separately and see it’s conversion rate. This will also shorten the link and use siteground.com/go/ instead of yourwebsite.com/go/ which is better. You can see my link to SiteGround’s features page: (https://www.siteground.com/shared-hosting-features.htm) has a high conversion rate which means I should probably be using this affiliate link more. You can also name each of your SiteGround links as long as it’s not already in use, so choose wisely!
Conversion Report – if you want to get higher conversion rates, use my screenshots and social proof (Facebook polls, migration results, feedback on social media).
Commission Report – learn what hosting plans people are signing up for using your affiliate links, pending commissions, and the status of whether your commissions have been paid.
Banners – I’m not a fan of banners but they do have them.
Payment Information – you will need a PayPal account.
10. No Coupon Codes Or Sub-Affiliate Commissions
One thing I like about other hosting companies is they let affiliates create custom coupon codes and have a two-tier affiliate program.
Coupon Codes – coupon codes are huge for YouTubers because you can share a coupon code that saves your viewers money, and if they use it, you get credit for the sale without anyone having to even click your affiliate link. Cloudways and HostGator both do this, but SiteGround does not. If you’re doing YouTube videos, you should really consider an affiliate with coupons.
This is what Tyler Moore does on his how to make a website YouTube videos.
Sub-Affiliate Commissions – this is where you refer other affiliates and if they make a sale, you get a part of their commissions (think multi-level marketing). Cloudways and WP Engine do this, but SiteGround doesn’t. It’s good if you blog about affiliate marketing and refer other affiliates.
11. Show Off Your Fast Site + GTmetrix Report
Getting a nice GTmetrix report will 100% help you increase sales.
This is especially true if you write about speed optimization, but it’s beneficial either way. My readers definitely check my GTmetrix report and confirm I actually know what I’m talking about. My WordPress speed guide shows you how I got such nice GTmetrix scores + load times (and has a section where you can see how I promote hosting). Not bad for a 2.56MB page size.
13. My Income Reports For Making $391,235 With SiteGround
I was one of the first affiliates to promote SiteGround while most people promoted Bluehost.
I contribute a lot of my success to not following the crowd and I’m doing the same thing for Cloudways. As of 2020, most affiliates are still promoting SiteGround but I have a feeling their sales will continue to go down. Promoting a different hosting company is a tough decision but is one of the main ways I grew my reader’s trust. I try to only promote the best hosting company.
Total amount paid: $391,235.00
Payment history (it’s been going down since promoting Cloudways):
Commissions before they’re price increase:
My best month with SiteGround:
Here are some emails:
Got affiliate of the month back in July, 2017 :)
14. Sign Up For SiteGround’s Affiliate Program
Here’s where you can become a SiteGround affiliate:
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you increase sales as a SiteGround affiliate?
The main way to increase sales is to show facts (Facebook polls, migration results, GTmetrix reports). There are too many biased opinions out there and people know this. Driving SEO traffic and increasing conversions are both important for your sales.
How much are SiteGround's affiliate commissions?
SiteGround offers $50 - $100+ per sale, as well as custom commissions as you increase sales which can get up to $150+.
What other good hosting affiliate programs are there?
Cloudways is a great one especially since they're growing significantly and are very popular in Facebook Groups. Many people are moving from SiteGround to Cloudways.
What can do in the SiteGround affiliate dashboard?
SiteGround's affiliate dashboard lets you create custom links, track sales, track conversions, access visual marketing material, fill out payment methods, and tax forms.
What is the conversion rate for SiteGround's affiliate program?
The average conversion rate was around 4% after promoting SiteGround for the last 3+ years. However, this is unknown since SiteGround's price increase and other changes.
What Do You Think About SiteGround’s Affiliate Program?
I am curious about what other affiliates think especially after SiteGround has made so many changes. Are you still promoting them? Will you promote someone else? Leave me a comment.
See Also: SiteGround WordPress Hosting Review