A2 Hosting Affiliate Program Review

Affiliate marketing is one of the most lucrative ways of monetizing a blog or website. In the past, we have done a series of short reviews on some of the best hosting affiliate programs. 

For today, we’re doing an extended A2 Hosting affiliate review and telling you everything you should know in terms of cookie duration, commission rates, and how difficult this program is to join. 

A2 Hosting Affiliate Program Review

What is A2 Hosting?

Even though A2 Hosting has been in the business of providing top-quality services to customers ever since 2001, it is perhaps less known compared to other companies. However, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with all the features you might be interested in when looking for hosting for your website. 

Most of the services and products that you will come across while browsing the brand’s site are quite affordable, which means that you might see a quite high join rate from your readership. 

As to whether or not you’ll find it harder to promote A2 Hosting compared to other companies — that remains more or less debatable. Sure, there are other hosting firms available out there, and some of them are quite reputable, such as SiteGround, HostGator, Liquid Web, and more. 

All of these have affiliate programs that we will do a short description of in a section at the end of this article, just so you can see how they compare to what A2 Hosting has to offer. 

What services can you promote as an A2 Hosting affiliate?

From what we have gathered, you will have no shortage of services you might be able to suggest to your audience. Some of the most popular selling points of A2 Hosting are the shared WordPress and classic shared hosting, but there are others available, too. Here are a few examples:

  • Cloud hosting
  • Dedicated hosting
  • Reseller hosting
  • VPS hosting
  • Managed WordPress

Since we mentioned that all of these are reasonably priced, we thought we’d note that, for example, the Startup Shared plan starts at just $2.99 per month (discounted from $10.99) and the Managed WordPress plan costs $11.99 per month (down from $23.99) — at the time we’re writing this post. 

Another aspect that makes this company stand out from the crowd is that they don’t just have generic plans that anyone can opt for. Sure, most are indeed tailored to standard users, but they also have plans specifically designed for agencies, blogs, eCommerce businesses, and personal websites. 

Customer support is one less thing to worry about if you want to promote A2 Hosting and make some money from that — since the brand is actually pretty well-known for offering great customer service. 

A2 Hosting affiliate sign-up

Like many other hosting companies, A2 Hosting manages its own affiliate program. On the downside, that means that you will have to apply on the brand’s own website and manage everything over there once you are approved. 

However, given the commission rate that you can expect with this one, we’d argue that this isn’t too much of a disadvantage. 

When you first sign up to the affiliate program, you will be asked for some basic information such as your first and last name, as well as your email address. Then you are required to fill out a form with your address and the URL of your website. 

Naturally, the brand needs to know where you are going to promote their services, so that is why they require all this info. You will also need to choose a preferred payment method, and you can opt between PayPal and wire transfers. 

It doesn’t take long for you to get a reply from the affiliate team. You’ll first receive a standard email according to which a manager has received your application and you will get your response in 24 to 48 hours tops. 

If you apply on a Thursday or Friday, it might take more than 2-3 days for the manager to get in touch with you and tell you if you are approved. 

A2 Hosting affiliate commission

This is what you’ve probably been waiting for, so here is just how much you can make with the A2 Hosting affiliate program. 

The company has a tiered system where if you manage to make 1 to 10 sales, you will be paid a flat $55 commission per each sale. Once you go beyond the 11 sale threshold, your commission will become $75. 

After 16 sales, it will turn into $100 per sale and if you manage to recommend and convince more than 21 people per month to purchase A2 hosting services, you can be paid $125 per sale. 

Since we have reviewed so many affiliate programs over the past few months, we can clearly say that the A2 Hosting one is among the highest-earning options you currently have at your disposal. Even if you don’t manage to make more than 10 sales per month, the $55 commission rate is still decent enough for you to join the program. 

Payment information

As previously mentioned, the brand can pay you either through PayPal or wire transfers. You need to clearly choose your preferred payment method when you submit your application. 

If you then want to switch from PayPal to wire transfers (which are eligible for transfers larger than $1,000), you will unfortunately have to talk to an affiliate manager so that they can make the change for you. From what we’ve gathered, there’s no way you can do this from your dashboard. 

As for the payment threshold that you can expect with this one, the minimum limit is $100. All the payments are sent out on the 15th of every month via PayPal. 

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There is a waiting period of about one month or one month and a half for all of the commissions you manage to make, and the reason for that is the fact that the company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. 

This is not something unheard of, though. Many brands use Net60, which means that with some programs, you might have to wait for two months or more in order to make sure that your commissions are all approved and that no one has asked for their money back. 

Pros of being an affiliate for A2 Hosting

The commission rate is, without a doubt, the most significant reason to consider when trying to decide whether to become an A2 Hosting affiliate or not. 

But there’s another factor — the cookie lasts for 90 days, which means that your audience has up to three months to make up their mind as to whether they want to purchase a hosting plan from A2 Hosting. 

Other features you are going to appreciate range from the deep link generator to an affiliate link cloaker. The dashboard is quite straightforward and easy to work with, so you can find anything you need over there, from marketing materials such as banners and text links to conversion reports and everything else. 

How does the A2 Hosting affiliate program compare to others?

Now that we’ve clearly established that this program is worthy of your consideration, let’s take a look at what some other companies can offer. 

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There’s nothing stopping you from joining all of these programs showcased below, but you may find it frustrating to check on your commissions and conversions on dozens of websites every day or so. 

We’d also like to add that this niche has some of the best rates we’ve come across and that if you can promote these services on your blog or website, you’ll be able to make a pretty decent side income. 

Liquid Web

We thought we’d add this one at the top of our list because it is definitely among the highest earning affiliate programs we have come across. If you manage to convince people to get dedicated hosting plans that cost quite a bit, you can make a commission of $7,000 per signup, which is downright incredible. 

The rest of the services have pretty good commissions, too. For example, the rates for VPS hosting range from $150 to $300. The cookie duration is identical to that of the A2 Hosting affiliate program, meaning 90 days. 

All in all, we’d say that if you are looking for a better affiliate program in the web hosting niche, this one should be right up your alley. 

Hostinger

The Hostinger affiliate program has a quite unique functioning model when compared to that of other services, and the reason we’re saying this is that they pay 60% of the value of every sale. Unfortunately, that also means that you are not going to be making a fortune with it, since some of the lowest plans are pretty cheap. 

The cookie lasts for a month, so it is not as good as the 90-day one you can expect from A2 Hosting. On the upside, you do not have to separately join this program through the company’s own website. 

It is actually managed by several different networks, such as CJ Affiliate and Impact Radius. So, if you have a number of affiliate websites and you’re already using an affiliate network for your monetization, this one might simply be worth considering just because of that reason. 

BlueHost

The minimum commission of this affiliate program is $65, so slightly better compared to that of A2 Hosting. When you refer several sales, those $10 can make a difference since they add up. 

While it is definitely a good thing that BlueHost uses PayPal to process payments, we actually couldn’t find whether another payment method is available. You also have to wait for 45 days before actually being paid and the minimum payment threshold is $100.  

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SiteGround

This one is basically a ‘copy’ — not that SiteGround ever had any intention of replicating the model of any other affiliate programs — of A2 Hosting. If you generate five sales per month via SiteGround, you can expect a commission of $50. That’s about $5 lower than what A2 Hosting has to offer. 

The biggest commission is $125, so once again, it is quite similar to the other affiliate program. The waiting period is one month, so quite shorter when compared to other brands. 

All in all, SiteGround is a fairly well-known company in the field of web hosting, so you aren’t going to have a hard time promoting it to your website users. 

HostGator

This one is slightly better if you know for sure that you simply can’t refer more than 5 people per month to a hosting company. To that end, the minimum commission rate that you can expect as a HostGator affiliate would be $65 per sale. 

The brand also has a tiered system up to 20 or 21+ sales per month and the highest rate is $125. In terms of payments, they send you your earnings through PayPal, ACH, and cheques. It also works with Payoneer, a service that lots of affiliate marketers who are not located in the U.S. are now using. 

Read more: HostGator affiliate program review

Final thoughts

So, should you become an A2 Hosting affiliate? Given all of the information that we have just provided and the many pros to doing so, we’d say that it is indeed a good option in this field. 

As for how you can promote their services, there are lots of ways. You do not have any restrictions in terms of the means you can use, but the ideal method would be creating content like reviews, listicles, and more. You can use social media to promote your articles, too. 

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Many affiliate programs have a bad relationship with PPC, and we will note that we couldn’t find any restrictions in this sense. However, it’s better for you to use PPC for your own content rather than promoting your affiliate links off the bat, not to mention that you can’t mention the brand’s name if you want to use the second method. 

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