The Top 9 Indian Affiliate Programs You Must Join Today

by Deepak Kanakaraju on September 20, 2017

Affiliate Marketing is a big industry and there is a range of affiliate programs all over the globe. The likes of ClickBank, Commission Junction and Impact Radius are the networks that come to mind when you think about affiliate marketing. But what if your blog is for the Indian audience and most of your visitors are from India?

You cannot promote international products to the Indian audience. You need to find out products and affiliate programs that are inclined towards the Indian audience.

Here are some reasons why:

  • Brand Affinity: People are likely to buy from a Brand they trust. For instance, people might be willing to buy from Myntra than Macy’s as Myntra has established themselves better in the minds of the Indian consumers.
  • Shipping Issues: If you are selling physical products know that not all international eCommerce sites ship to India. A product being sold on Amazon UK might not be shipped to India. So what is the point of driving an India user to such a product?
  • Indian Affiliate Networks: The advantage of working with Indian affiliate networks is they have more Indian focused advertisers in their network. So you will have a deeper highly focused inventory to promote to your audience.

But not affiliate networks are equal. Even worse, not affiliate networks are honest when it comes to payouts. This is the living reality of the internet.

In my 10 years of experience as an affiliate marketer, I have come across many global and Indian focused affiliate programs. There are many international products that attract an Indian audience, we cannot ignore that.

However, I am starting to focus on Indian audience and Indian programs more because right now the competition is low. The market is just beginning to heat up. This is a good time to grab the opportunity because a few years down the line there will be too many people trying affiliate marketing.

Here are the top 9 Indian affiliate marketing programs that I’ve signed up with and you should too! Most of the websites do not need a website to sign up with, however, it is recommended that you have a blog or a website to increase your chances of approval with these programs. (Check out www.LearnBlogging.com if you need help in building a blog)

1. Amazon India

Amazon India is the leader in Indian e-commerce. With high commission rates, high website conversion rates and Average Order Value Amazon is every affiliate marketers dream. You can sign up for this affiliate program using your current Amazon account.

Once you sign up as an affiliate you have presented a set of tools to quicken your affiliate marketing product research and link creation. Using the SiteStripe toolbar you can create an affiliate link to any page on Amazon.in. You can even tweet or Facebook shares the product affiliate link.

You are even provided a list of desktop and mobile-optimized banners which can be promoted in various sections of your blog. You can generate product links with images and embed the code within the post to enhance click-throughs.

The best part about Amazon affiliate program is that you will get commission even for other products the user buys after clicking your affiliate link. For instance, you are promoting an iPhone 6S case and your blog reader clicks on it, navigates and buys a refrigerator you still make a commission because you sent converting traffic to Amazon.

You can make a commission of 0.3% to as high as 12% depending on the product which is bought. You can see commission rates by category here.

You can sign up for Amazon affiliate here

Must Read: How to Profit from Niche Websites with Affiliate Marketing

2. Flipkart

Flipkart is one of the earliest eCommerce players in India. They have an established brand and trust in the mind of the Indian consumer. It has crores of products and high conversion rates. Just like Amazon Flipkart has different commission rates for different products. The commission rates might vary based on if the user who landed on the site or bought the product via a mobile App. Commission rates are different for a new user transaction. You can the commission rates by product and device here. You can even earn a commission for every app install.

Flipkart gives a bunch of tools to make an affiliate marketer’s life easy. It has a ready-made set of product links, banners, and widgets which you plug within your site. You can even embed a Flipkart product search within your blog.

You can sign up for Flipkart Affiliate Program here

3. VComission

VComission is one of the earliest CPA networks in India. About 17500 affiliates have signed up with VComission. VComission caters to multiple marketing objectives. You can make money through lead generation or driving app installs or generate e-commerce sales. It has top e-commerce clients in its Ebay, Myntra, SnapDeal and HomeShop18. If you are a coupon website then this affiliate network allows you to upload your Coupon CSV. You can use the deep link Generator to create a link to any product in the inventory.

You can sign up with VComission as an affiliate here.

4. BigRock

Bigrock is one of the top domain and hosting seller in India. They have an affiliate program with high commission payouts. The big advantage of this affiliate program is Bigrock deep portfolio of products which add on top of each other. For instance, you can make selling any of these Bigrock products and services – Domain Name Registration, Website Hosting, Email Hosting, DIY Website Builder Tool and Digital Certificates. The reader who bought a domain using your affiliate link might also want to purchase a web and email hosting. You can sell these plans to the same reader and make more commissions. If you have a blog about blogging or web technologies and marketing then signing up for Bigrock is a good step to start making affiliate commissions.

You can sign up with Big Rock Affiliate here.

5. GoDaddy

Godaddy the world’s leading domain name registrar has an India specific affiliate program. You can sign up for Godaddy affiliate through an affiliate network like Zanox or Commission Junction. With commissions as high as 100% and range of plans and products Godaddy is the affiliate program to sign up. Godaddy has a complete suite of tools needed for a webmaster to launch and grow his business online. Godaddy has high commissions on domains, hosting plans, email accounts, and reseller plans. The best part about Godaddy is its customer support which is available 24/7. The best part is Godaddy has over 100 readymades high click-through banners which can be placed on your website using a simple copy paste code.

6. Hostgator

Hostgator is a long-standing popular hosting service. Hostgator has its own office and servers to cater to the Indian audience. Hostgator India has an affiliate program with a commission pay out of 1250 per sale. Irrespective of the plan chosen Hostgator pays you a minimum of 1250 INR. This payout increases as you sell more. Hostgator is a trusted service and it can be easy to convert your users into buyers because of its brand value. All you have to do is sign up as an affiliate and use the high converting banners provided on your blog.

Sign up as a Hostgator Affiliate here.

7. TripAdvisor

If you have a travel blog or have a blog about experiences then you might want to sign up for TripAdvisor affiliate program. There are benefits of this program. The commissions are as high as 50% with special incentive programs to help you make extra cash. Higher conversions as you get to deep link with 5,00,000 city and hotel pages. You will be given a set of banners and widgets you can put on your website to drive clicks and commission.

To be a part of the program you have to sign up with TripAdvisor on Commission Junction.

8. Optimise

Optimise is a global Affiliate Network with a strong presence in India. It has deep inventory in multiple categories like retail, travel, automotive, Telecom and Finance. Few of the popular Indian advertisers being PayTM, CitiBank, Jabong, Yatra, Redbus, Vivo, and Airtel. Currently, they sport 1,400 Premium Advertisers across 30 countries.

9. Cuelinks

If you find partnering with affiliates and picking the right product to promote a pain but still want to monetize your content then Cuelinks is your best bet. By installing Cuelinks Javascript code you will be able to monetize your content with affiliate links.

Suppose you wrote an article on iPhone 6S Cases and published it. Cuelinks automatically picks the keyword “iPhone 6S case” and links it to Amazon product page with its affiliate link. And when a person buys via this link you make a commission.

If you are using WordPress then Cuelinks has a plugin which can make your job easier. Currently, Cuelinks has about 400+ advertisers with thousands of offers and products. So the scope of monetization is very high.

Sign up for Cuelinks here.

What’s Next?

Now that you have a list of most trusted and popular affiliate networks it is time to analyze which among them to start your partnership with.

Take time to go through each of their websites and see if the advertisers in their inventory have products which your readers might want to buy. Once you sign up browse through widgets, banners, and links and place them into your blog posts contextually.

What are the Indian affiliate networks you have found success with? Please share it in the comments section below.

Regards,
Deepak Kanakaraju

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Jitender September 20, 2017 at 7:59 pm

Love to this post from you sir. But i want to know more about w8 ben form. Please write a post and make on this form.

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Deepak Kanakaraju September 20, 2017 at 11:41 pm

I will publish an article about W8 BEN form soon!

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Subahu Jain September 20, 2017 at 8:02 pm

nice article, i am affiliated with most of them.

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SUDAR VANNAN September 20, 2017 at 9:33 pm

Got a brief idea about those affiliates in India.
Thanks Guru.

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Aashi Agarwal September 20, 2017 at 10:24 pm

I was just thinking about this sir, the great part is most of them are easy to join, Amazon is working great for me and is the best if you compare it with Flipkart, Vcommision didn’t approve my blog 🙁 I think it’s a hard to join them, soon I will get my hands on TripAdvisor and other affiliate programs, Do recommend some tips on how to get approval easily. 🙂

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Tarundeep Singh September 21, 2017 at 1:33 am

Yes i join some that really great for my new startup of coupon and deals website to generate revenue
Thanks

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Mahendra Choudhary September 21, 2017 at 7:30 am

That’s a imformative artical sir ,I would like know more about the minimum cretreia to get approval.

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carolyn September 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm

awesomeeee!! Thank Mr.Deepak!

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carolyn September 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm

Awesome!!

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Shanu September 21, 2017 at 12:53 pm

Flipkart has closed its affiliate program for time being. It will reopen after October 31, 2017. Rest I will be approaching soon.

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Shrikanth September 21, 2017 at 12:58 pm

How to get the affiliate certification?

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Venkatesh September 21, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Excellent article. Must read. Very useful for new affilliates,

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Parvati Agarwal September 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm

No doubt Amazon has to be the best one from all of them. I tried implementing Flipkart, which was a mess because they have a long process of generating and shortening affiliate links whereas Amazon has made everything so darn easy. Kudos to them!

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Pravasini Mallik September 21, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Dear Deepak sir
Always reading your mail marketing subject & want to do career in these field. But my problem is finance. Can I do this affiliate marketing course without finance? Please give me suggestion .

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DR N C GHATAK September 21, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Very nicely stated. Thanks for the unknown paths , this is very interesting & new. I shall follow this path.
Thanks & regards.
Dr N C Ghatak.

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Hari Kn September 21, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Is flipkart give commission like amazon when the buyer click my affiliate link and end up purchase some other product ?

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nsasikumar September 21, 2017 at 10:57 pm

Super deepak sir

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Divyaa September 22, 2017 at 9:42 am

Great post, thanks for this, since I am just starting building my cooking site, I will go for Amazon first. But, will bookmark this, because I am sure this will come handy in the future.

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Dinesh Kumar September 22, 2017 at 9:53 am

good morning deepak sir, myself dinesh kumar yadav from bhadohi uttar pradesh
respected sir i want to know the eligibilty criteria of the digital marketing course run by u……

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sachin September 22, 2017 at 3:16 pm

Hey Deepak,
Thanks for sharing this information
I will try Flipkart affiliate program on my site.

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Jai Goenka September 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm

Thanks a lot for such useful information. With ideas like these there can actually be a win-win situation. Not to mention contextual marketing

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Aman Bandekar September 24, 2017 at 8:08 pm

How to apply for the free course ?

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RAJAESH SINGHA September 25, 2017 at 3:58 pm

No doubt Amazon has to be the best one from all of them. I tried implementing Flipkart, which was a mess because they have a long process of generating and shortening affiliate links whereas Amazon has made everything so darn easy. Kudos to them!

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Mukesh Mamtora September 29, 2017 at 10:36 pm

I have joined CJ after your affiliate mastery class.

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Abhay October 10, 2017 at 1:27 am

Good list, I guess you pretty much covered the best affiliate. much appreciated.

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Sangita October 13, 2017 at 8:49 am

Great informative article

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Basudev October 16, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Thanks for this great post,

Its useful for newbie affiliate marketers like me

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NAMAN October 17, 2017 at 3:50 pm

great information deepak sir… thnks fr this

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