Creating affiliate sites is one of the most popular ways of making money online. Surprisingly enough, following some research, there doesn’t seem to be that many WordPress themes catering to this niche, especially when compared to other niches theme builders target very frequently.
It is, however, a fact that many affiliate marketers are looking for themes to build their sites quickly and effectively, as WordPress is the CMS of choice for affiliate marketing due to its ease of use and SEO goodness. Today we present you some of the best affiliate marketing themes we found (in no particular order), one or more of which will, hopefully, be useful for your scenario.
In addition to this post, do check out our roundup of best WordPress plugins for affiliate marketing. You will probably need at least a few of those plugins to build a successful affiliate website, in addition to one of the themes below.
Don’t forget, the performance of your site has a big impact on how long users are happy to spend on your site and how credible they will find your endorsement of your affiliate partners. Once you actually start attracting traffic, you don’t want to lose your opportunity to make real money simply because your hosting is too starved of resources to handle that traffic.
The advice we always give is to make sure you get properly resourced hosting in place before you launch. We recommend two hosts that we have seen work out well for our readers, the choice between them comes down to money:
If you are on a tight budget, BlueHost has a good reputation for well-managed and well-supported shared hosting at a good price.
If, on the other hand, absolute reliability and performance are more important to you than price, WP Engine provides the best possible managed WordPress hosting, I use them for all of my most important sites, the ones that generate money. They even work out significantly cheaper than other managed WordPress hosts if you take advantage of the exclusive discount we have arranged for the readers of WP Mayor which, surprisingly, you can use in addition to their usual annual discount:
Now, on to the themes!
OptimizePress is a powerful platform to transform your squeeze pages, sales letters, offer pages, launch funnels and membership sites into quite simply, an optimized and professional display. It will help you build opt-in lists, create a frenzy with buyers and boost your sales. Best of all, it will not require a Diploma in Information Technology to implement.
You are able to choose from 10 tested and proven templates for your squeeze/landing pages to send your optin rate through the roof, and build your list like it was on steroids.
Make your next launch epic! Utilizing OptimizePress and their advanced features will increase your visitor response and make your launch something that will be talked about for years to come.
Create an eye-catching blog that you can use as the front end of your business to drive traffic to, or as a backend for providing news and updates regarding your business.
Usability of OptimizePress has been simplified by the creators providing comprehensive and super-clear video tutorials, which have been provided in High Definition format. It has to be one of the best in the industry.
Something a lot of internet marketers have been clamoring for has been the ability to create Timed or One-Off launches. OptimizePress come to the party with the ability for the creator to set “go live” dates for specific pages, to relatively automate your launch process.
One of the most exciting things about Internet Marketing today is utilizing Facebook comments and sharing, to bring in free, targeted, viral traffic. With OptimizePress this functionality is a few clicks away. Twitter, of course, is integrated into the sharing functionalities.
Your formatting needs are covered, with the templates allowing you to get your Title, Text and Bullet points sorted out in a WYSIWYG format (that being what you see is what you get). If that is not enough, browser compatibility issues are not of a concern, as OptimizePress already meets the HTML and CSS standards required.
OptimizePress and video truly go hand in hand. You are able to utilize your own video hosted at Amazon S3 or on your server or use embedded videos from YouTube or other online video services like Easy Video Player and EZS3.
The OptimizePress system remembers whether or not your visitor has opted into your funnel, and as a result, returning visitor’s to your site won’t be shown your squeeze page again. This is critical to protect your launch content from non-optins, who will be directed to your squeeze page initially. This is part of the earlier mentioned ‘steroids’ for list building come into play.
Another awesome theme that is worth a mention. Kingdom comes bundled with Visual Composer page builder & Slider Revolution, which means that you save $59! Kingdom is also mobile-friendly (certified by Google) and SEO-ready.
Gadgetine is a premium blog magazine theme that will also work well for a serious news portal. It has 3 columns, 8 news sections, and a LOT of banner spaces on the first page. The theme is very friendly for affiliate marketers or just regular bloggers who wish to monetize their hobby. You will appreciate the ability to easily promote specific posts and create your own pages with no limitations. Carefully placed banner spaces will help to make the sale.
The theme has its own configuration page, so you won’t have to edit any code files. Setup is very easy. With a built-in thumbnail generator, you will have no problem creating great-looking articles. The theme also includes an automatic picture resize script, that will save you hours of resizing those pictures from an older version of your website. You will also have a special page for your RSS feeds and many more great features.
Lista Landing Page is a premium landing page design for your newsletter or download, even just a service, – it’s your choice. Lista Landing Page takes good use of the Z Reading pattern to guide the eye around the design and ultimately convert your visitors into subscribers or buyers.
Build beautiful, search engine friendly coupon code websites easily with CouponPress! This theme includes built-in support for affiliate coupons, offers, printable coupons and lots more. CouponPress lets you set up custom stores to group your coupons under, each store can have its own customized description, logo, and images. You can set up products with your own buy links and/or use affiliate links so you earn commissions. Links can also be cloaked for better SEO. You can turn on/off the ability for visitors to submit their own coupons, offers and printable coupons to your website and charge users for doing so.
Clipper is the leading coupon application theme built for WordPress. This theme was designed for ease of use and tight integration with WordPress so you’ll be online and providing coupons within minutes. With thousands of AppThemes customers and a very active community, you can trust that Clipper is here to stay. To learn more about its features, click the link below.
Vantage is the most popular business directory theme for WordPress. It’s powerful, robust, and easy to use. Quit messing around with other directory themes that only cause headaches and hours of troubleshooting and maintenance. Vantage is simple and pain-free. Within minutes of downloading Vantage, you can create the killer directory site you have always dreamed of.
Price Compare Theme is strategically built with widgetized homepage, loads of custom widgets, and awesome SEO capabilities. It comes with built-in support for Amazon and CJ (Commission Junction). Showcasing products from those sources is easy as inputting your unique information in the theme back-end. But that’s not all. The theme allows you to create an unlimited number of feeds using .csv files.
In order to make managing the homepage as easy as possible, you will find a completely widgetized homepage in Price Compare. Adding and removing content is as simple as drag and drop. To make the deal even sweeter main content widget area allows you to create new tabs using widgets. To make editing the content even easier Price Compare comes with 30 unique shortcodes. You can use these shortcodes in blog posts, pages, and even products. Using shortcodes is as simple as inputting the correct “code” inside the description window of your post, product or page.
Splash is a blogger’s best friend. With Splash, you can review and rate products or services, all using the built-in review feature. It’s built to stand out with a sleek design, and it adapts to any situation you use it for. The fluid grid means that device type or browser size is never an issue.
REHub is a modern hybrid theme for magazine, blog, review, or shop options. It puts emphasis on modern style and content and has different options for affiliate earnings, review websites, and e-shops.
The best and most popular WordPress Responsive Theme that transforms your WordPress website into a genuine auction website. It comes with plug-n-play functionality without the need for any other additional plugins.
Viper is a free affiliate directory WordPress theme. This is a WordPress 3+ ready theme with features like custom menu, featured images, custom post type, custom taxonomy, and jQuery image slider on the custom homepage template. It also comes with an options panel.
Haute is built to make use of the Cart66 or Cart66 Cloud e-commerce plugins, making your WordPress install an awesome-looking store. Haute makes it easy to get your products front and center to start making sales. Clean and minimal, Haute can bring your high-class fashion to the world.
Koupon is absolutely a unique responsive premium clipper child theme, clean and intuitive design with revolution slider built-in and tons of features & options.
Customize your coupons’ website as you like, you have tons of layout possibilities with unlimited variations and colors.
Sellegance is a responsive, elegant, and easy to install WordPress theme. With its clean design and lots of features, you will have a very profitable online shop in no time. It’s perfect for any kind of webshop. Its superb UI delivers the ultimate experience for end-users. It has been built with mobile users in mind. So it looks great on desktops, tablets, and mobiles.
Every detail of the registered users and affiliates panel has been carefully designed to fit the elegant design. Special care has been taken in the shopping cart and checkout to give you high conversion rates while retaining the whole great design.
Build your online community without worries it would be abandoned. ForumEngine is optimized for a more social interaction.
Edition is a uniquely responsive news theme for all kinds of publishers. It’s perfect for reviews, recipes, audio, video for all kinds of news and blog sites. With a built-in review system, stunning image features, and flexible drag and drop page layout, you can create the perfect website for your users.
Pinshop is an e-commerce theme that is inspired by the Pinterest site and our popular Pinboard theme. The products load infinitely as you scroll down the page. Not only does it look fantastic, but it also provides a great user experience. Buyers can take a complete overview of all products without having to jump around the pages.
All your products are displayed nicely in stacking order. When the page is resized, it automatically re-positions the products. The shop items can be added to the cart instantly without having to go to the product page. All these features work consistently on all modern browsers on both desktop and mobile devices.
Flexibility 3 takes WordPress creativity to an entirely new level. It’s easier to use, faster to customize and has many new graphics and options.
Vantage is a next-generation multipurpose theme featuring strong integration with some amazing plugins. Vantage has represented a major shift in the theme market – changing what you can expect from a free WordPress theme. It offers a clean design with tremendous flexibility and power. You can create anything from a simple blog to a complete business website.
PowerMag is a stylish ultra-blog magazine/blogging/news WordPress theme that is SEO optimized and has endless features.
Puzzles is an up to date theme for WordPress with great opportunities. It has a flexible setup system for the entire blog, for each of its categories and even every single post or page.
Have you used any other themes suitable for affiliate marketing? Let us know and we’ll add them to the list.
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