SiteGround Affiliate Program Review — Why I Don’t Recommend Them Anymore (Leaving After $391,235 In Affiliate Commissions)

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.

Siteground affiliate program review


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.


Siteground support feedback

Siteground cloud hosting 503

Siteground google cloud concerns


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.

Moving from siteground
Ecommerce hosting poll


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.

Don’t promote who other affiliates are promoting. Promote the hosts who are doing well. Join Facebook Groups like WordPress Hosting or WP Speed Matters and listen to people.

Siteground alternative
Siteground alternative beginners


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).

Bluehost affiliate program


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).


Cloudways shoutout

Cloudways numbers


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.

Siteground affiliate commissions


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.

Siteground conversion report

Overall conversions used to higher back in the day (this is their old affiliate dashboard):

Siteground conversion rates


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 instead of which is better. You can see my link to SiteGround’s features page: ( 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!

Siteground custom affiliate link

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.

Siteground visual aseets

Payment Information – you will need a PayPal account.

Siteground affiliate payout details


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.

Omm gtmetrix 2021
Even long posts with tons of images and 600 comments still load in about 1s with a 51ms TTFB


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):

Siteground affiliate payouts

Recent commissions

Siteground 2020 affiliate commissions

Commissions before they’re price increase:

Siteground affiliate commissions 1

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.

Siteground affiliate program

See Also: SiteGround WordPress Hosting Review


About Tom Dupuis

Tom Dupuis writes WordPress speed and SEO tutorials out of his apartment in Denver, Colorado. In his spare time, he plays Rocket League and watches murder documentaries. Read his bio to learn 50 random and disturbing things about him.

72 thoughts on “SiteGround Affiliate Program Review — Why I Don’t Recommend Them Anymore (Leaving After $391,235 In Affiliate Commissions)

  1. Hi Tom, I was wondering if you knew what’s the conversion rate for people that make online courses or youtube tutorials. For example: Darrel Wilson created an ecommerce tutorial 4 months ago and the view count is 220k. Assuming that only 3% of of the viewers bought siteground, the number of affiliates would be 6600, which is crazy. Is it accurate to calculate it this way?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey John,

      3% is a very high conversion rate when talking about viewers. Even when people click, 3% is still decent. So I wouldn’t say 6600 would be an accurate number but I know he’s making a lot of sales especially with SiteGround. Though, his “tests” (eg. in his best WordPress hosting video) are definitely not true. NameHero first and Cloudways last? Not a chance. I’m getting ready to publish my own tests and SiteGround was the slowest host besides HostGator.

  2. Affiliaters don’t be naive! This guy was one of the first to promote siteground!


    1. Yep, also one of the first one to leave, just updated this review.

      And yes, I agree it’s gotten more competitive. That’s not the reason I left – my sales have always been very stable even if you look at recent screenshots. There’s just no denying SiteGround has a lot of problems now. You have to adapt with the industry.

  3. Well Tom, very good the article I would like to know what were your main traffic sources that you used to promote SiteGround? And if everything was based on SEO or you also used Payment Traffic? And my last question is if you used the banners that SiteGround offered you and if you had good sales with the banners?

    Thank you very much, Regards :) !

    1. Hey Gianpiero,

      I write a lot of tutorials on speed optimization and making your site load faster. I don’t use benners, just contextual links and buttons once in awhile. No paid traffic, all SEO :)

  4. Hi, Ive registered and tried making a few posts on Facebook and Twitter with the links but nothing is biting.
    Do you have any advice?

    1. Social media posts aren’t usually targeted and not sustainable. Setup a blog to write articles or create YouTube videos that target keywords where people are interested in hosting and making their website load faster. Start with low competition keywords, then once you can rank for those confidently, you can move to more competitive keywords.

      1. It’s also a bit hard to get the sale even if someone clicks and buys. Their poilcy now is that within the 30 day timeframe of purchasing that hosting, they have to have a website up within 30 days or they will re-evaluate it and then see if any changes have been made to their website. They do let you change it to 60 days for evaluation though.

        Even if it’s a WP blog page the customer puts up and it doesn’t look like the customer tried designing it yet, they refuse your affiliate commission. So in that case you need to dispute it with them which they give it to you if they see that you’re honest and website development progress has been made.

        It takes time for people to create websites..some people put it off for months. So just saying to get the affiliate commission you need to monitor and dispute.

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