Affiliate (associate) programs provide a way for anyone with a website, blog and/or newsletter to generate revenue from selling a merchant’s products or services. Canadians may use these programs as a primary or supplemental source of income, whether they are an individual or large company. Getting started is as easy as signing up and publishing your affiliate link.
Multi-tier affiliate programs basically work the same as multi-level marketing (MLM), but it’s legal and doesn’t involve the same legwork (parties, demonstrations, and so on). Plus, people don’t run in the other direction when you mention it ;-). You sign up for the affiliate program like you would for any other and make a specified amount per sale as usual. If other affiliate marketers sign up through your referral link as a sub-affiliate, you also get a percentage of their sales. Most are two-tier, but some continue on for several levels for which you’ll also earn a percentage of sales.
Canadian Business Affiliate Commission Structure
Tier 1 15% of your direct (level one) sales
Tier 2 10% of your level one sub-affiliates’ sales
Tier 3 6% of your level two sub-affiliates’ sales
A good two-tier affiliate program is tough to find these days and multi-tier programs are rare indeed. When I first started working with affiliates in the 90’s, multi-tier affiliate programs were the guaranteed way to sign super-affiliates and launch the program instantly. They inspired publishers to work hard and quickly to bring others into the program as part of their downline. There was always a race when the program was first launched, and people continued to promote these multi-tier affiliate programs before single-tier programs. It was a brilliant concept, if a bit of an administrative headache. That’s why many merchants now go through networks like Share-a-Sale for both single level and two-tier affiliate programs.
In this decade, Canadian website publishers value two-tier affiliate programs because they’re a rare income opportunity. The few that are out there may not be open to us or do not ship their products to Canada. Therefore, we’ve done the research for you and created this list of two-tier affiliate programs for Canadian marketers. It includes programs in a variety of sectors so everyone can find something suitable for their niche. We selected merchants that serve Canadians, offer the best rewards, and have a reasonable payment threshold. We’ll keep the list updated, so please bookmark the page and visit us again.
Two-Tier Affiliate Programs for Canadian Marketers
Please note: The links sometimes lead to the home page of the website, so you may have to look around for the affiliate program link. It’s often located at the bottom of the page.
Template Monster – 46,000+ Website and eCommerce templates for everything imaginable, including HTML, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, PrestaShop, Magento, Moto, WooCommerce and many more. Their affiliate program pays 30-50% plus 5% on the second tier.
Wishpond – Lead generation software for creating landing pages & contests (Facebook sweepstakes, photo contests, Instagram hashtag contests, etc), track leads, automate eMail campaigns and more. Wishpond is based in Canada. Earn 30% of your sales and 16% of your referred affiliates’ sales.
A2 Hosting – Highly reputable hosting that isn’t owned by the dreaded EIG. Earn $85 per sale and $5 for each sale made by your affiliates.
CreativeLive – Promote online classes taught by experts in photo, video, art, design, audio, craft, money and life. Earn 20% commission on new customer purchases, 10% on return customer purchases and $1/lead for every new member registration. Receive $10 for every affiliate marketer you refer.
Quality Unit – Sell Post Affiliate Pro (affiliate program management software) and Live Agent (customer support software) and receive 30-50% commissions, 5% of recurring sales, 5% of referred affiliate earnings, and a $5 sign-up bonus.
Cash Crate – You’ll have to sign up for this paid survey site, then you’ll earn 2-tier referral commissions. For every new member you refer to CashCrate, you earn up to 20% of what they make, and up to 10% of what their referrals make. Plus, get a $3.00 bonus when your referrals earn their first $10.00.
Virtual Sheet Music – The leading source of Classical sheet music downloads, traditional and Jazz sheet music as well MIDI and Mp3 files. Affiliates earn 25% of sales, 25% of sub-affiliate sales, plus $3 when a new affiliate you refer signs up.
PuzzleMaster – Canadian distributor of a large assortment of wire, metal and plastic puzzles, brain teasers, jigsaws, puzzle rings, trick locks, boomerangs, chess sets, etc. Earn 10% of sales and 5% of your second tier sales.
Iyashi Source (Innovative Ionizing Technologies) – Canadian company offering natural Shieldite items that provide a safe and healthy environment which is free of harmful electro-magnetic fields. Five-tier affiliate program for both retail and wholesale purchases. Retail pays 15%/sale plus 4-8% for sub-affiliate sales to tier five. Wholesale pays 10%/sale plus 2-5% to tier five.
Denby Energy – With the many grants, rebates and tax incentives available to those who make their homes more energy efficient, the demand for energy audits is higher than ever before. Our exceptionally long Winters as of late have only increased that demand as Canadians struggle with heating costs. Denby Energy offers training and global certification to those who want to make a business out of this demand. The commission structure starts at 35%.
PC Mighty Max – Highly-rated registry cleaner and error repair tool with system restore option. Earn 35%/sale and 20% of sub-affiliate sales.
My Theme Shop – Premium WordPress themes and plugins recommended by the gurus. Earn 70% of sales and 10% of sales via your referred affiliates.
Hire Writers – Content writing service with insanely low rates. Offers $20 per client you refer who makes a deposit and one cent per lead, as well as 10% of the leads generated by affiliates you refer to their affiliate program.
Vitabase Health Supplements – Vitamins and supplements with global shipping. You earn 25% commission on Vitabase brand orders and 10% of all other orders. You’ll receive 5% of second-tier sales.
Alternative Healing Academy – Natural healing home study course. Earn 15%/sale and 5% of sub-affiliate sales.
Mari Smith – The social media queen who focuses on Facebook with educational products. Earn 25% for your sales and 5% of sub-affiliate sales.
My App Builder – Allows people to easily build their own iPhone/iPod Touch applications to grab their share of the booming mobile app industry. Affiliates earn 50% of sales and 10% of second-tier sales.
SiteSell – One of the oldest and most successful multi-tier programs is owned by Canadian, Ken Evoy. I’ve been involved in his SiteSell affiliate program for many years. The commission structure varies according to the product purchased, but SiteSell Services net you $250 CAD/site (20% of renewals). Your affiliate team earnings dictate the percentage you’ll be paid for their sales (up to 25%). You’ll be paid in Canadian dollars by your choice of cheque or Paypal.
Silver Leaf Tea – More than 800 exotic and gourmet teas from around the world. Pays 25%/sale and 5% of sub-affiliate sales.
Professional Resume Writing Services – Help your visitors find a job and earn 30% commissions (minimum $60) plus 2% of sub-affiliate sales.
Winning Ware – Product and website launching. You’ll earn 50%/sale and 10% of sub-affiliate sales.
Mouseflow – Click tracking and website analytics that allows you to record website visitors and generate instant heatmaps showing where they click, scroll, etc. Pays 40% on all sales plus 10% of sub-affiliate sales.
StudioPress – A premium commercial WordPress theme developer offering professionally designed themes, including the state-of-the-art Genesis Theme Framework, which was independently rated as the best framework available. Pays 35% commissions on the first level and 5% on the sales of affiliates you refer.
Tribulant – Premium WordPress plugins. Earn 30%/sale and 10% of sub-affiliate sales.
Performance-Based Affiliate Network – Focuses on environmentally-friendly “Eco” merchants and the majority have 2-tier affiliate programs. Includes a “Ships to Canada” section to make it easy for Canadian affiliate marketers to find links.
RevResponse Affiliate Network – Earn money giving away business magazines, whitepapers, infographics, etc. Earn 20% of your sub-affiliates’ earnings for six months.
MaxBounty Affiliate Network – Based in Canada. Pays 5% of your sub-affiliates earnings for one year after they sign up.
AFFILIATE INSIDER TIPS & TOOLS!
- Free, extensive affiliate training and affiliate marketing tools can be had through the masterminds at Affilorama.
- Free affiliate marketing courses, community and more from The Wealthy Affiliate.
- To automatically embed an affiliate store in your WordPress blog, try Datafeedr.
- To easily manage affiliate links in WordPress blogs (auto-link, cloaking, etc.), check out the Affilink plugin that top bloggers are raving about.
- The link management choice of super-affiliates (like Armand Morin and John Chow) for websites or WordPress blogs is LinkTrackr.
- You can build Amazon affiliate eCommerce websites or ads in minutes with InstantAzon WordPress plugin.
- The WordBay Plugin brings niche-targeted eBay products into your webpage or blog post with this easy plugin. Supports the eBay Partner Network, Skimlinks and Viglink.
- If you’re looking for a profitable niche that isn’t too saturated, start with keyword research and competitive intelligence using the acclaimed Long Tail Pro tool that “super affiliates” love.
Have you found any multi-tier affiliate programs that have been particularly lucrative for your Canadian business? Do you have any affiliate success tips? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
✔ You may also be interested in reading:
Free eCourse: Expert Affiliate Marketing
2015 Top CPS and CPA Affiliate Networks
10 Hot Product Niches to Sell or Drop Ship Online in Canada
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