Big Ticket Affiliate Programs: Where the Real Money is Made Online

Today, I want to take some time and educate you about big ticket affiliate programs.

I’ve been doing affiliate marketing successfully for about 10-years now. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I learned about big ticket affiliate programs. Once I learned about this powerful concept, my business changed for the better. My only regret was not learning about them sooner.

In the paragraphs below, I’m going to teach you the ropes about big ticket affiliate programs, so you can objectively decide if this is a business model/strategy that you want to pursue.

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Which Business Model Do You Want to Do?

To the best of my knowledge, there are two STRATEGIES a business can use when it comes to pricing their products. First off, they can work on very small margins, but make tons of sales. They could buy a product for $1 and sell it for $2. They could sell thousands, even millions of these products and make HUGE profits.

I call this the Wal-Mart business model. They might make 10-50 percent on each item they sell, but they have millions of customers and they sell billions of dollars worth of products each year.

Why? Because everyone buys shampoo, food, clothes, vitamins, toilet paper, skin care, etc. and they love getting these products at a cheap price. This is a great business model IF you have a ton of traffic, prospects, customers AND mass market products.

The second strategy is to promote products or services you make LARGE MARGINS with. For example, you sell a product that costs you $50 to manufacture for several hundred dollars, maybe even several thousand dollars.

This works very well with NICHE products and SPECIALTY PRODUCTS, but not typically for mass market products. I call this the BENTLEY business model.

Why? Because Bentley cars sell for high six figures per car and Bentley makes huge returns on each sale. Bentley is in a niche market: people who can afford high end luxury cars.

There are thousands of businesses, both online and offline that use these strategies successfully. Ultimately, you have to decide which business model works best for you. Personally, I prefer the LARGE COMMISSION model.

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What are Big Ticket Affiliate Programs?

Big ticket affiliate programs are affiliate programs that pay you large commissions. This might range from several hundred dollars to ten thousand dollars or more, per sale.

It might sound hard to believe, but there are lots of big ticket affiliate programs in just about every niche. All you have to do is search the internet and you will find some.

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Example Big Ticket Affiliate Programs

Writing from my own experience, here are FOUR big ticket affiliate programs I use and promote myself. Keep in mind that you want to promote affiliate products that are relevant to your niche. These are just examples to show you what is out there.

As a quick disclaimer, I am sharing these programs because I USE THEM and LIKE THEM. I’m not going to talk about programs I’ve never even tried myself.

# 1 Elite Marketing Pro

This is a business in a box. Although they do offer smaller commissions on some products, you can earn thousands of dollars per sale. Depending on your own membership level, you can earn 20, 40 or 90 percent commissions on your sales. Check out Elite Marketing Pro.

# 2 Power Lead System

This is the marketing system I use to promote ALL of my online business. You can earn up $1,000 per sale promoting PLS. This service includes capture pages, auto-responders and much more. Check out PLS.

# 3 Global Money Online

This is a market platform to generate leads for your online business. You can earn up to $2,000 per SALE. I use this platform to advertise, generate leads and provide an additional income stream. Check out Global Money Online.

# 4 Top Surfer

With Top Surfer, you can earn up to $109 per sale, which gets paid directly to you. This is a safelist you can use to promote any website. Check out Top Surfer.


All of these affiliate products cost money to join. That doesn’t bother me though, because it forces you to actually use the product yourself. Also, these big ticket affiliate programs focus on the make money online and network marketing niches: two niches I participate in.

If you do a little research, you can find big ticket affiliate programs online that are relevant to your niche and are free to join. Just visit mother Google and type in what you are looking for!

Reasons to Promote Big Ticket Affiliate Programs

The # 1 reason to promote big ticket affiliate programs is you can earn huge commissions per sale.

While most internet marketers are busy trying to make money online by promoting Amazon affiliate products or Google Adsense, they are really missing out.

Why? Because these affiliate programs typically pay you $1 or less per sale. That means you have to have a TON of traffic, clicks and sales to generate a full-time income. This is very doable if you have a website that gets several hundred thousand page views per month, but for the average person it is next to impossible to do.

Let me put things in perspective for you. Say your goal is to earn $3,000 per month with your online business. To do so, you have several choices.

  • You could sell 3,000 affiliate products that pay you $1 each
  • You could sell 1,000 affiliate products that pay you $3 each
  • You could sell 100 affiliate products that pay you $30 each
  • You could sell 10 affiliate products that earn you $300 each
  • Or, you could sell 1 affiliate product that pays you $3,000

All of these methods have their merits, but I would personally rather spend my time selling ONE affiliate product and earning $3,000 per sale. Personally, I don’t think it’s any harder to sell a $3,000 product than a $30 product.

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How to Pick a Big Ticket Affiliate Program

So, how do you pick a big ticket affiliate program to promote? These are some things I would personally look for.

# 1 The Value

Value is everything. Just because you wouldn’t spend $1,000 on something doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t. Whenever possible, I highly recommend you purchase the product you are promoting. This gives you a quick idea as to the value it offers. You can also check out testimonials from satisfied customers. An expensive product must provide a TON of value.

# 2 The Marketing Tools

What marketing tools are available to help you promote the affiliate program? Are there banner ads, email ads, link ads, etc.? Is there an affiliate manager who can answer your questions and provide answers to you? Do you get a back office where you can view your stats and sales?

# 3 The Commission Structure

What is the payout for each sale? What percentage, or how much money do you make, per sale? Ideally, you want to earn at least $100 per sale or at least 50 percent of the sale. If you’re selling an item for several thousand dollars you should make at least $500 to $1000 per sale.

# 4 The Sales Copy

Does the video sales letter or written sales letter actually persuade people to buy? Is it well written?  Is it mobile friendly? Is the layout appealing? Does it look professional?

# 5 The Reputation

What is the reputation of the product or company online? How many “scam” articles are there written about it? How many complaints are there? Can people return the item and get their money back if they want to? Are there more HAPPY customers than unhappy customers?

How to Promote Big Ticket Affiliate Programs

Here are some different ways you could promote big ticket affiliate programs.

  1. Postcards
  2. Pay per Click
  3. Blog Reviews
  4. Video Reviews
  5. Ezine Advertising
  6. Podcasts
  7. Solo Ads
  8. Safelists
  9. Banner Ads
  10. Craigslist
  11. Guest Posts
  12. Forum and Blog Comments
  13. Pinterest
  14. Instagram
  15. LinkedIn
  16. Facebook
  17. Twitter
  18. Email Signatures
  19. Classified Ads
  20. Sponsored Listings

This is not an inclusive list. It’s just designed to give you a few ideas to consider.

Success Tips

Here are some of my best success tips on how to succeed promoting big ticket affiliate programs.

# 1 Use the Product Yourself

Like I mentioned earlier, it’s best if you use the product yourself. I know that’s not always possible, however, if you have experience using the product or service, you will have a story you can share with others. You will have conviction and belief in the product, and will be much more persuasive when promoting it.

# 2 Think Like Your Buyer

Stop thinking like you normally do and put your eyes in the mind of your buyers. Think about what problems they are trying to solve and how might the product you are promoting help them do that.

# 3 Focus on Just 1-2 Programs at a Time

Do not go out and promote 10-20 different big ticket affiliate programs at once. That is the recipe for failure. Instead, find 1-2 programs that make sense to you and focus on those exclusively.

# 4 Master Traffic Generation

You will either fail, or succeed, based on your ability to send a TON of targeted traffic to your affiliate offer. That is the only difference between a top affiliate marketer and someone who struggles. Find 2-3 ways to get traffic and MASTER those strategies.

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks. These are my insights on big ticket affiliate programs. I hope I have opened your eyes to the possibilities of promoting big ticket affiliate programs. I hope you will take the information in this article and apply it in your own online business.

What are your thoughts? What are your best tips for promoting big ticket affiliate programs? Is this something you have done in the past? If so, leave a comment below and let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.

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26 thoughts on “Big Ticket Affiliate Programs: Where the Real Money is Made Online

  1. The ones that you listed here? They are the same programs I am using and promoting except for the Global Money Line. I am also a member of Elite Marketing Pro, Power Lead System and Top Surfer, they are great sites with elite techniques you can learn from. And not only techniques, the tools are also amazing, you can customize them to promote any business you want to promote including WA online business. In fact, I use PLS’ Lead Lightning system to promote WA online business on the back end. Oftentimes, I am saddened to see close-minded members of WA saying negative things about these programs that we’re using when in fact, they are complimentary.

    • Let the hater’s hate. Use what works best for you and your business. I will only promote stuff I use myself and actually believe in. I make money in ALL of these programs and they all provide a ton of value, so I know they work and that makes them easy to promote. 

  2. You’ve definitely opened my eyes to the possibilities of affiliate marketing by promoting big ticket affiliate products. This just makes so much more sense compared to promoting things you only make a few dollars on. I’m going to shift my focus and look for a good big ticket affiliate program to promote. Thanks for the info.

    • Yes, just make sure you follow the advice in this article and you will be good to go. Don’t just chase the money, make sure the product is high quality and a good value. 

  3. Hello Chuck, 

    I have been reading several of your articles and I really like your recommendations and find them very useful and informative. I didn’t know about these big ticket affiliate programs, but now that I know, I will have to look for more information about them. 

    I like the idea of making large commissions per sale. Most of the affiliate programs I promote right now pay very small commissions per sale, which makes it hard to create a large income.

    Thank you for teaching us about affiliate marketing.



    • Glad to help you. You definitely want to check out big ticket affiliate programs. Even if you can find 1-2 good ones for your niche, it can really pay off. 

  4. Not once have I considered promoting big ticket affiliate programs. Why? I never even knew they existed until I read your article. Your article makes so much sense to me. I would much rather focus on making 2-3 sales per month, but earn big commissions, than promote stuff where I only make a few dollars per sale. 

    • I am glad this idea makes sense to you. Big ticket affiliate programs are where the big money is at. 

  5. The concept of spending your time to promote big ticket affiliate programs makes a lot of sense to me. You spend about the same amount of time for either big ticket or the others where you make $5, $10, or $20 when a sale is credited to you. It is the selection process that matters a lot with these.

    As you mention, relevant and related offers are a must, or you will not sell anything, big or small ticket. The big-ticket items you mention are not familiar to me, but as you say, you have been in the business for quite some time, so likely you have ferreted out these from the thousands of options that are out there.

    What I found most helpful about this article were the tips on how to seek a big ticket item out and the ways to promote the offer to the targeted audiences that would be willing to spend the larger sums of money. I am not averse to spending more money on something if it has the value I am looking for.

    I can use a perfect example for you. I buy training programs from a lady and her team who have been in the education business for a number of years. These are PLR, but they are unique, extensive, and she only sells a couple of hundred with each launch of a new subject.

    Her courses are complete. I know what my expectations are based on teaching for 10 years in colleges and universities as an adjunct instructor (making $1200 for an 8-week course, this was 30 years ago!) and she includes everything I need. Her price? $300 a pop.

    I know this might be considered mid-range compared to what you are talking about, but I see these marketers peddling stuff that is not quality and redundant at $10 to $15 a pop to marketers. They could go the extra step and create a complete kit and charge much more.

    As an affiliate marketer, I would rather promote her products as they are top quality and can be used in any professional setting and in many ways (i.e. online course, consulting work, weekend seminar, etc.). I know other people that will buy these courses at $300 a pop.

    The big-ticket approach comes into play when you have a corporate HR or trainer that needs something out of the box. She also has entire sets of products oriented to this targeted audience, and the price is anywhere from $1200 to $2000. That is a drop in the bucket for this audience.

    When I bring them to her, I get half of that sale. It is a limited niche, but a real one and is an area that is in my comfort zone. Similar to the ones you are pursuing, the sales commissions add up quickly. Most definitely it is worth at least looking at big-ticket affiliate opportunities.

    It is helpful and useful that you bring this subject up and readers will perhaps see affiliate marketing in a different light after they read through your points. Having the hands-on experience promoting such offers also adds an air of credibility to your ideas as well. Good post and thanks! 

    • Glad I could help. Both of your examples are spot on. Promote something of value that pays you well. Promote something that makes sense to you and is relevant to your niche. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I also an affiliate marketer. I’m looking to get into the big ticket affiliate programs and I’m getting started so your post is right on time. I like the list you included, it gave me lots of great ideas for my business plan.

    Its nice to know that they have a free option to join a big ticket affiliate program. This way if you get in and don’t like it you can move on before losing any money.

    I see what you mean by focusing on products that pay you several hundred dollars or more per sale, rather than promoting affiliate programs where you only make a few dollars per sale. That just makes good business sense.

    I was not expecting to see a list of ways to promote high commission items. Thank you, your post has educated me and given me a great place to come for information.

    • Glad that I could be of help to you. You got this!

  7. Thank you for the thorough ideas. I believe that big ticket affiliate programs aren’t for complete beginners in affiliate marketing. This has been my personal experience as I wanted to start with one of them, but nowadays in my mind it’s much easier to move on step-by-step. Do you think that even a beginner can make money with them?

    • There is very little difference between promoting a big ticket affiliate program and promoting an Amazon affiliate link. The only difference is the commission you earn. I think newbies would be better of promoting big ticket programs because there is a HIGHER likelihood they will make money. Even just making one sale can lead to thousands of dollars. 

  8. My question to all of these is this: How much money did you have to invest in each before you started breaking even, and then when did you start making a profit?

    For those of us who live in countries where we don’t earn oodles of money, each dollar is precious to us and if we need bread, we would buy bread rather than invest in something that MAY just work.

    I’m not so sure these work, perhaps you can shed a bit of light on how these would work on a VERY tight budget and if the initial low invest would be enough to justify the ratio of signups to genuine income.

    • I would honestly tell someone with a low income to focus on getting a job and get their bills paid that way. All businesses require some type of initial and ongoing investment. Plus, most big ticket affiliate programs are free to join and promote. 

  9. Over the years I have promoted numerous affiliate products on my site, but I’ve never really gone for what you like to call a ‘big ticket’ product. 

    I can see the attraction, but at the same time I’ve always thought that these higher priced items are going to be harder to sell in the long run. I suppose it’s all down to how you promote them at the end of the day. 

    Do most of these big ticket products have some sort of filter or test in place so that they can pick and choose their affiliate workers?

    • I personally think it’s easier to sell something expensive of value than something cheap. Also, many inexpensive affiliate products are hard to sell because they are everywhere. People would only shop on price and look for the cheapest place to buy them. 

  10. I tend to focus on the Walmart model and focus on men’s grooming products. Like you said, everyone uses them. I never thought about big ticket items before. It makes a lot of sense to focus all your energy on a product that will make you a lot of money. 

    Once I get this business off the ground I may have to shift to high commission products. Do you think it is harder to sell a big ticket item? Personally, if I’m going to be spending a lot of money I want to see the product in action first. Have you run into this dilemma?

    • What about promoting high end men’s grooming products rather than the cheapest ones? Just by doing that you would earn larger commissions. I think every buyer is different and not every buyer has to see something in action first. Heck, many people buy a car or home without seeing it first. They do that online. 

  11. Great article on big ticket affiliate programs, and a great eye opener for someone new to the affiliate marketing thing. You write everything in such simple words that it’s impossible for even a new guy not to understand the tips you give. There are so many things that you can learn that when starting it can be very overwhelming to know what is good to follow and what is not. I am sure your article will point many people to the right direction.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the article. 

  12. I have read a lot of posts and comments about people that keep saying that big-ticket programs are scam and are after one’s money. I would be honest with you when I say that these people that say such things are just trying to bring down the name of these programs selling such tickets and promote the ones that they themselves are promoting.

    Yes, not all big-ticket programs are legit but to generalize it is just sending out the wrong idea.  I love big-ticket products especially those that teach the right way. These programs always have tons of amazing information and can make you quick money and also huge profits.

    The downside is that the risk might just be too much for others to handle. These programs are not meant for everyone and should only for those that are able to take this type of risk.

    I learned a lot from this post and I am going to be checking out some of those products you recommended.

    • Keep in mind that most big ticket affiliate programs cost nothing to join and are outside of the make money online niche. There is gold investing, high end travel, dating, seminars, etc. They are a REAL product or REAL service that provides a real value to end users. Otherwise, they would not stay in business long. 

  13. I am an affiliate marketer, but I haven’t ventured into big ticket affiliate programs yet. It gets a little confusing because some people say that the big ticket offers don’t really offer more value than affiliate programs that cost less. 

    I think you’re right that it’s probably just as easy to sell a big ticket affiliate offer than a smaller one. I guess I would just have to get my mind around the fact that it’s OK to promote them. (I feel like there’s a resistance there for some reason.)

    I think what I need to do is your #2 Success Tip – Think Like a Buyer. Who cares what I think? It’s not about me, it’s about them. 

    Also, what are your favorite ways to drive tons of traffic? 

    • Yes, it’s all about what our prospect thinks, not us. Just because we like something doesn’t mean it will sell well on our website. Also, just because you might not spend big money on something doesn’t mean that someone else won’t. I like to drive traffic with solo ads and pay per click mostly, plus postcards in the mail. 

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