Best Affiliate Plugins for WordPress

Do you own a WordPress website and want to launch an affiliate program? Then you’re in luck, because today we are bringing you a collection of the best WordPress Affiliate plugins for WordPress.

Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot of great competitors in this plugin niche, although so many companies and individuals need to launch affiliate programs for their products. You can use an off-site solution like Shareasale, Clickbank, Impactradius, or E-Junkie, but I find it easier for the product seller and his affiliates to have everything in-built within your own site.

If you came here looking for affiliate link management and cloaking plugins for WordPress, check out our other review of these plugins.

These are the best WordPress plugins for affiliate programs:


AffiliateWP Affiliate Marketing Plugin for WordPress

Created by the well known WordPress developer Pippin Williamson (of Easy Digital Downloads fame) this plugin is the answer to all those who have been looking for a great affiliate management plugin for WordPress but always felt that something is missing in all the other solutions offered.

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Affiliates Pro


The Affiliates Pro plugin provides an affiliate management system for sellers, shops and developers, who want to increase sales with their own affiliate program immediately.

Important features include fully automated affiliate registration, unlimited affiliate management and the ability to integrate Affiliates Pro with virtually any E-Commerce platform.

Affiliates Pro also provides a solid framework for developers, who wish to build customized solutions based on a sound data model. With unlimited affiliate program management tools available on the back end and a set of shortcodes to provide Affiliates information on their performance on the front end, there is everything you need to start an affiliate program.

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Affiliate Royale

Affiliate Royale is a complete Affiliate Program plugin for WordPress. Use it to start an Affiliate Program for your products to dramatically increase traffic, attention and sales.

Once you launch your affiliate program with Affiliate Royale you’ll be able to easily track your affiliates to see how they’re doing. You’ll see how many clicks they’re driving, sales they’re making and how much to pay them at the end of each month.

Even better, your affiliates won’t have to go anywhere but your site (with your look & feel) to login to their Affiliate Dashboard — because it will be seamlessly integrated into your website.

With Affiliate Royale you’ll:

  • Launch your affiliate program in a matter of minutes
  • Monitor affiliates’ clicks, sales and payments
  • Maintain your brand with your own Banners and Links
  • Drive more traffic to your site from your Affiliates
  • Increase revenue with more sales!

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WP Affiliate Platform


The ‘WordPress Affiliate Platform’ is an easy to use WordPress plugin for affiliate recruitment, management and tracking that can be used on any WordPress blog or site. This plugin lets you run your own affiliate campaign/program and allows you to reward (pay commission) your affiliates for referred sales.

The admin can configure banners and links which the affiliates can use on their site to drive traffic to your site. All the clicks, leads, sales etc are tracked by this plugin.

If you are running online ad campaigns for your products and services then you can use the affiliate platform plugin to measure the true conversion rate of each campaign to find out the profitable ones. This allows you to weed out the non-profitable campaigns and save money in the process.

In a nutshell, the Affiliate Platform Plugin will help you achieve the following:

  • Launch your affiliate campaign in a short time.
  • Monitor clicks and conversions of visitors sent by your affiliates.
  • Maintain your brand with your own product Ad Banners and Links.
  • Drive more traffic to your landing/sales page from your Affiliate’s site.
  • Significantly BOOST revenue with more sales.

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Post Affiliate Pro


Post Affiliate Pro is an affiliate software designed to empower your affiliate program. It makes it easy to manage campaigns and to track affiliate referrals and sales.

Post Affiliate Pro runs your entire affiliate program from top to bottom, with the exception of processing the financial transactions. However, most payment processors and shopping carts can be fully integrated with Post Affiliate Pro.

It’s intuitive, fast, effective, and infinitely expandable affiliate software – it will grow with you. It is a great tool to recruit and manage your affiliates as it will track your affiliate’s referrals, clicks, commissions, record payouts, and much more.

If you want to experience Post Affiliate Pro from your affiliate’s point of view and see how easy is to manage and maintain your affiliate program, you can go ahead and check out their demo.

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Affiliate WP is definitely the leading affiliate management plugin right now, it can be easily integrated with Easy Digital Downloads, the top digital download e-commerce plugin for WordPress. Of course you can also use it with other e-commerce systems as well.

About Jean Galea

Jean Galea is a WordPress developer, entrepreneur and padel player. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and EDD Bookings, as well as the podcast. His personal blog can be found at

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28 Responses

  1. Gilly
    Gilly October 31, 2012 at 21:55 | | Reply

    Thank you , this is just the information I was looking for. I have been looking for an easy integration for my wordpress sites and this was a clear and concise article.
    many thanks. Now to figure which one and start getting some affiiates 🙂

  2. Nick Simpson
    Nick Simpson May 13, 2013 at 22:29 | | Reply

    Hello Jean, love the site and great write-up here. I am hunting for an affiliate software/plugin right now. I currently am a paying subscriber of the WPMUDEV site and they have some great plugins and themes. I just wanted to let you and your readers know that they do not currently offer multi-tier capability to their affiliates plugin and for me and the project I am currently working on, this is a showstopper.



  3. John Smith
    John Smith June 23, 2013 at 16:47 | | Reply

    Hello, seeing there’s so many options, can anyone tell me which is the clear winner??? Thanks.

  4. Magic Members (@magicmembers)
    Magic Members (@magicmembers) November 23, 2013 at 14:24 | | Reply

    Thank you for the good review. By the way, Magic Affiliate plugin is integrated with WooCommerce.

  5. Stephanie Nakagawa
    Stephanie Nakagawa August 30, 2014 at 03:46 | | Reply

    Hello. Can I ask what’s the best Affiliate Plugin for you? I’m confused which one should I purchase, Affiliates Pro or Affliate WP?

  6. Drew Charl
    Drew Charl November 23, 2014 at 05:30 | | Reply

    Affiliate WP is not the way to go for a multi tier system. With the appropriate add-ons needed ur in for over 600$…

  7. Jerry Roberts
    Jerry Roberts January 12, 2015 at 10:56 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    I did a little checking into AffiliateWP. From what I can tell it’s $199 per year for a simple system. I didn’t notice any discount for year two and beyond, but it might be there.

    Drew may be right on how costs escalate. It looked to be about $600-700 per year for a system with add-ons.

    My needs are pretty simple at present and a decent plugin that didn’t drag down on the system resources would be fine. One thing that is an issue, is automatic refunding. Some of the lower-priced plugins don’t offer it. In a product launch that generates say, 1,000 sales, a 1% refund rate is 10 manual refunds. That’s a chunk of time.

    If you dig into this again, looking at critical features like that versus costs would be great.


  8. CyrilCyril
    CyrilCyril June 26, 2015 at 08:33 | | Reply


    I install in my wordpress this theme : Microjobs
    I sell amelioration for listing
    and membership packages

    I want know if you know plugin affiliation can good with my theme
    because i want this function (affiliate)

    (French people)

  9. Brian
    Brian July 7, 2015 at 05:41 | | Reply

    Affiliate WP is a great plugin with great support… HOWEVER!!! I wanted tier commission capability, they offer and add on for it for $150! You are forced to buy the ultimate license for multiple sites and multiple add ons even if you want just one add on for one site. Ridiculous! Went with Affiliate Royal, works fantastic, got all the features for half the price of Affiliate WP

  10. Bryan Conklin
    Bryan Conklin November 22, 2015 at 20:31 | | Reply

    Great selection of plugins here, thank you!

    Unfortunately, many of these plugins don’t cater to the shop owner who has a sales force (or multiple sales forces) out on the street selling their product in person. Earlier this year, I decided to do something about this.

    I just released the WP Sales Tracking plugin on CodeCanyon. You can check it out here.

    I was frustrated with not being able to easily track sales so I could pay sales reps’ commission. The only solutions available were affiliate plugins like these that created a unique URL for each sales rep. For my customers, it was asking too much to require each of them to shop through a unique URL just so the sales rep would get credit. Many are not very tech-savvy.

    So, I created this plugin to make it super simple. The admin assigns sales reps to customers on the back-end, and customers can simply shop from the normal URL.
    In addition, the WP Sales Tracking plugin allows for entire sales organizations to track their revenue.
    There’s a beautiful front-end dashboard that provides a view into each representative’s revenue for a particular time-frame. The plugin uses order data from the WooCommerce plugin.

    I really hope this helps those of you who have run into this problem. Please check it out and let me know feedback!

  11. Tara Gordon
    Tara Gordon May 19, 2016 at 12:13 | | Reply

    I appreciated the review. You brought up programs I have not even found on the internet and I consider myself an avid researcher. I was trying to decide between WP Affiliate and Post Affiliate Pro for this new site I am launching.

    The pricing on Post Affiliate Pro is quite a bit higher and so I thought it might be better and they have a long list on their site of all the benefits but I installed WP Affiliate on a clients site with their Restrict Content Pro and thought it worked very well.

    Thanks for taking the time to do this review. I am going to go with WP Affiliate, one thing for sure is there website is more modern and appears more professional.


  12. Ni Ky
    Ni Ky July 5, 2016 at 09:20 | | Reply

    Great article, thanks!

    Have you tried our new plugin for creating and managing affiliate links –

  13. Gaurav Sharma
    Gaurav Sharma January 22, 2017 at 06:14 | | Reply

    We want to give our affiliates Lead capture pages so that they save their aweber list name or detail in their affiliate panel. they promote those pages and leads got added to their aweber list. But same time they should also got added to our aweber list. Which plugin will work for this and how it is possible. Please share some detail. We are making membership based platform.
    Waiting For Reply

    1. Kukkee
      Kukkee May 16, 2017 at 13:31 | | Reply

      Hi Gaurav,
      Could you clarify your request? I’m not sure what an aweber list is.

  14. Doug
    Doug July 11, 2017 at 15:48 | | Reply

    How can this post be dated December 1st, 2016 and have comments from 2012?

    Could make one lose faith in WPMayor…and I would image…this list is out of date.

    1. Mark Zahra
      Mark Zahra July 13, 2017 at 01:14 | | Reply

      Hey Doug, 2012 is when it was first posted. 2016 is when it was last updated, so it is mostly up-to-date right now, hence the discrepancy.

  15. Yasar Ali
    Yasar Ali November 20, 2017 at 03:39 | | Reply

    Great Post Jean,

    I would also suggest you use ThirstyAffiliates Plugin because it has something very amazing for Affiliate Marketers.

    I’ve been using it personally on my blog for the last few years and much like it.


  16. Gerry Schroeder
    Gerry Schroeder June 30, 2018 at 08:52 | | Reply

    I’ve read through this string and looking for a plug in also.

    I had a partner who did all my programming and is no longer with me. She is growing a family now. I have decided to take all my work on myself using WP.

    What you are all talking about is an affiliate system that’s one tier. What I am looking for is multi tier kinda of downline builder? Something that can be used for an existing MLM team. A team site with capture pages and a membership area with training and more. Something that can be connected to a commerce site or not and perhaps connected to a merchant account like paypal?

    For example

    1) John joins your site
    2) John fills out profile with (say) a username he’d like to use and get’s his own subdomain of the main site like
    3) John refers Adam
    4) When Adam logs in, he sees affiliate link to some xyz third party product or tool set up by the admin, which would be connected to his referrer John or the next available upline user or admin.

    5) Adam fills out his profile with his own username
    6) Adam refers Jill
    7) When Jill logs in, she sees affiliate link to same third party product or tool, this is connected with Adam’s username.

    Is there anything out there like this? Or do you all think custom programming?

  17. Israel Eli
    Israel Eli September 5, 2018 at 23:45 | | Reply

    please can i dont know which wordpress plugin that will be good to build and manage downlines and a refferal link or that can generate a code ? please any idea help

    ELISAUDO February 24, 2019 at 19:39 | | Reply

    Great product!

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