How to Make 28 Sales from HostGator Affiliate Marketing in 9 Months?


“This is my experience in affiliate marketing with HostGator. For your information, as affiliates in HostGator the commission will be paid after 45 days due to their “money back guarantee” policy. Furthermore, some of your commission may also be cancelled for some reasons”.

Before we talk further on affiliate marketing, let’s take a guess on how much I earn from 28 sales promoting HostGator? These are the sales I have made from January until September 2012.

In making money from HostGator affiliate marketing it will not always mean that all sales turn into commissions. Paid commissions are those that have reached minimum payouts, a valid one, and already paid.

Why do I say a valid one? Because for some reasons your commission could be invalid. If this happen to you, they won’t pay your commissions.

Now, let’s take a look on affiliate sales notification I have got from HostGator below :

That’s the good news I’ve got from HostGator sales team.

As you see on email notifications above, I started my blog on January and made my first sales on January 21st. Ok let’s start on step by step on How I Make 28 Sales from HostGator Affiliate Marketing in 9 Months

1. Don’t Just Think about Sales, Think about Marketing too

It’s start from your mindset

Marketing? What do I mean? If you want to make your first affiliate sales then don’t just focus on making sales, you have to focus on doing marketing too. Marketing has broader mean than selling.

I’m not the expert on online marketing, but if you market your blog which is consist of affiliate articles there are more chances you’ll make sales from your blog. By doing marketing you are trying to build trust by making your blog closer to your readers.

Marketing is not just about selling, it’s all about getting yourself closer to the consumers. In case of a blog, then you should make yourself closer to visitors. Let them know who you are and what you do.

Build your trust and the money will come. Blog commenting and guest posting are the best ways for blogger establishing their online trust.

(read : How to build trust and keep make money online?)

2. Select the Right Product

Once you have the correct mindset then you should choose a product to promote. It’s affiliate marketing, you don’t need to make your own product do you?

Select the right product to promote is important to make sure your consumers are going to buy it. In case of HostGator, it is become a basic need for many bloggers. So, who wouldn’t need a web hosting providers if you are bloggers.

HostGator is just an example here, there are many products available to be promoted in affiliate marketing. You have to be sure that there is consumers for that product and you have a plan on how to sell it.

3. Buy and Use that Product

This time, you should think about sales. Just ask yourself … “What makes you buy a product?” Your answers are your costumers questions. The simplest thing you can do to make money with affiliate marketing is to know the product that you are promote.

“The easiest ways to make money with affiliate marketing is by using the product you are promote”.

The main reason for this is to know the product better than your consumers. If you understand about the advantage and disadvantage of that affiliate product then you can make a balance affiliate promotion article.

Though you can make a review without buy it, it’s not recommended to do that if you want to make more money from affiliate marketing. Juts get back to previous question “What makes you buy a product?” Explain your answer in your article promotion.

4. Make a Story About It

A story about how your experience using affiliate product is a great ways to make money from affiliate marketing.

Readers like a story then make sure you make a good one. Make a story about your experience on affiliate products, how that affiliate product help you solve your problems.

5. Make Sure Your Affiliate Marketing Post is include in Popular Posts

If you have a blog, there must be “popular posts or popular articles” page haven’t you?

Why this important?

New visitors have tendency to read the latest post and popular post. Popular posts indicates that most visitors read it. In consumer psychology, “popular posts” have an extra-value to read.

If your affiliate article includes there, guess what? It’s an automatic promotion isn’t it?

I have made two affiliate articles about HostGator and one of it includes in Popular Posts. Take a look at picture below (the post stand-still as part of popular posts until today):

6. Use Facebook

There are billions of users in facebook. That is huge numbers of consumers for you. Don’t waste it. Market your affiliate article in facebook. Make your affiliate article goes viral in facebook and see how it works to your affiliate sales.

If you need assistance in promote your article you can use social signal marketing which only cost you $5 for 3 days promotion to reach 100 social signals on facebook and linkedin (money back guarantee in the 4th days if your social signals doesn’t reach 100!).

(take a look at social signal marketing)

7. Low Cost Advertisements

Now this one is little bit tricky because it will cost you a money.

So why I do this?

It’s my experiment.

After I made several hundreds of dollars from affiliate marketing I decided to test some low cost advertisement as an investments. I have chosen clixsense for this.

Does this effective?

I have signed for clixsense advertisement in July 2012.

From the “commission report” available on HostGator affiliates account I see that so far clixsense bring 8 buyers to my HostGator affiliate link.

I can’t tell how much I earn from it because the commission status still “pending”. If I make my own lucky guess, based on my sales notification then I should get paid for $100 for each sales because I have made 16 sales in September 2012. Can’t wait myself until the pay day 😀

The clixsense itself cost me $75 for 50,000 visitors. I set 1000 visitors to my clixsense ads each month since July 2012 and start to bring sales in September 2012.

Does this worth to try?

To me, it’s make me some cash. It’s your own decision to try clixsense low cost advertisements or not. I try it because I have earned some cash from previous affiliate marketing I have done with other products. As you may know, I like experiment to learn more and clixsense is one of my experiments in affiliate marketing promotion.

How is Your Affiliate Marketing so Far?

The experience above is my step-by-step activity that give me 28 sales from HostGator affiliate marketing in 9 months. One sale is invalid so far thus I made $550 (based on paid commissions) and spent $75 (my clixsense advertisement experiment).

It’s all the combination I’ve been made. Select the product, buy and use it (or understand it better no matter you buy it or not), make a promotion article, do massive promotion (low cost advertisements are alternative).

I know there is better ways to do affiliate marketing, but this is exactly how I promote HostGator as one of the ways I make money from affiliate marketing. That’s why I need your help to share your experience on this.

Notes : If you like to try HostGator and have extra discount, you can use our coupon code “NotOrdinaryBlogger“. Please buy if you think HostGator will help your blogging experiences.

What do you think? Please don’t be hesitated to leave feedback or comments on what I have done to make sales with hostgator affiliate marketing here.


  1. Gilbert

    Hey Okto, That is really good information and i will have to steal and give a try to some of your techniques. Especially the Clixsense method.
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    • Okto

      Hi Gilbert,
      Careful on Clixsense you have to be careful on measure the result. I’m not making any result as advertiser on the first month with it. Try to make an eye catching ads title my friend. Wish you the best

  2. Hi Okto,
    Congratulations on your sales! You know, not a lot of bloggers out there who are willing to give away their so-called “secrets” on how to earn from Hostgator or any other affiliate marketing companies.
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    • Okto

      Hi Felicia,

      It’s one of many reasons why I do love blog. We can share a lot of practical tips :)

  3. Hostgator’s hosting is really cool to promote. I will definitely follow your suggestion to boost my sales. Thank you so much
    shakil recently posted..5 easy ways to make money onlineMy Profile

    • Okto

      Hi Shakil,
      Yes it is. Great to hear that, feel free to talk further on my suggestions. Just don’t forget to be more creative on your own promotion.
      All the best

  4. Hi. I am also a Hostgator affiliate. I am hosting my blog at hostgator too at least I have a good qualification to promote it.

    However, I need to learn more on how to promote my product. I need to learn more how to catch my readers attention to buy the product or service I am promoting to them.

    Reading this post is a lot of help. I guess it’s time to dig more on my Hostgator hosting and promote it further.

    I am also an affiliate of Genesis since I am using it.

    What do you mean by a valid commission or sale? Are using the link masking plug-in? How about url shortener? Or how about never hiding your affiliate link? Which is which?
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    • Okto

      Hi Aque,

      Valid commission is decided by hostgator, we affiliate have no idea to dispute it. I have several valid commission that turns on invalid for “secret” reason. There’s nothing we can do about it.

      All of your erning is a valid commission. Just take a look at your hostgator affiliate dashboard if you make sales on it. All the best

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  6. Hi Okto,
    Congrats on sales mate, but still I don’t believe that clixsense ads can make sales.
    Anyway am sure your landing page was good with all the attractive text and images.
    Am I right?

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    • Okto

      Hi Khaja,
      Thanks for the kudos :). Clixsense was my experiment though. I found it through google, it was great to make money easily but on the other side I able to use it for advertising. So I tried it and make some sales. That’s what I share here. Today, my affiliate marketing income was not good enough.

      My landing page is a blog post. There’s no compelling image actually, just full of text that explain the benefits of starting our own domain. As I said previously, my hostgator affiliate income was not too impressive for now. It was 9 month required to make 28 sales (my first year blogging), now one a month is a good achievement. :)

  7. Thank you for your great information , i will definitley give clixsence to see how it works . I am also working on affilaite marketing and making good comission .

  8. That is simply awesome and congrats for making so many sales and this post can be a true lesson learner for any newbie blogger who want to make money from affiliate marketing thanks for sharing dude
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  9. hey, admin I read your above article, its very good. I learned many things from them. by using your tips from above article i will create a blog on hostgator coupons,, please suggest me if I left any important step on this site..
    please take a look.

  10. Avenue

    Thank you so much for your superb informative post about hostgator affiliate marketing. I was looking for such kind of post from last one month. This post will help me a lot to make sales on affiliate marketing.


    • Okto

      Ur welcome and good luck



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