I joined the Cloudways affiliate program back in 2018.
I was promoting SiteGround at the time and was making $10k+/month, so switching to Cloudways (let alone any host) made me nervous.
But SiteGround was going downhill fast and I needed to make a move. Fast-forward a week or two and I spent most of my time changing content to endorse Cloudways instead of SiteGround.
Luckily, I started getting a very similar amount of sales with Cloudways (SiteGround terminated my affiliate account and didn’t like the bad review). I try to be transparent about when a company isn’t doing a good job and have written about SiteGround’s unethical business practices, fake Hostinger reviews, and don’t recommend bad hosts like GoDaddy or EIG brands.
Long story short, I’m writing this review to show you why I think Cloudways has a solid affiliate program (and is a good host) along with some tips I used to promote Clouways to increase sales.
1. Moving From SiteGround To Cloudways
I moved from an upgraded version of SiteGround’s cloud hosting to Cloudways DigitalOcean in 2019. Afterwards, I posted my results (from Google Search Console) in the WordPress Hosting Facebook Group. After at least a year of paying $180/month, I realized I was getting ripped off.
Shortly after, Backlinko came out with a PageSpeed Test showing how SiteGround had one of the worst TTFBs which has been reported multiple times after they migrated to Google Cloud servers. Since moving to Cloudways DigitalOcean, they released Vultr High Frequency servers which is what I’m currently using. My site loads instantly with a nice GTmetrix report and TTFB.
As far as affiliate sales go, I started promoting them more heavily in 2020 when I realized SiteGround was getting even worse. Obviously it took a lot of effort changing all my hosting recommendations (I still need to revise a few posts), but once I did, things were looking good.
2. Competitive Commissions
You can get up to $200/sale with Cloudways depending on your sales volume (I’m currently getting $150/sale).
Just like most hosts, the more sales you get, the more they’re willing to offer. Cloudways has always been super flexible with their commission rates and always gives me incentive to make more sales, whether it be increasing my commission rate or even earning two-tier commissions.
When I was first in touch with the Cloudways affiliate team, I told them I was hesitant to promote them more because I didn’t want to climb tiers all over again (which I already did with SiteGround). I told them I was already making $150/sale with SiteGround since I brought them a ton of sales, and
This article was written by Tom Dupuis and originally published on Tom Dupuis.