Best Affiliate programs in India

Affiliate marketing is arguably the best online money making opportunity that bloggers, webmasters and other Internet marketers have at their disposal. The lack of good affiliate programs in India, however, force most Indian marketers to look up to popular foreign affiliate networks in order to carry out their campaigns and make money online. Many of them in fact target the US and Canada traffic alone to sell products relevant there and totally avoid marketing in India.

If you want to be an affiliate marketer of certain Indian products in the Indian market via your blog, website or email-social marketing, you are left with very few options when it comes to affiliate programs and networks. Here are some of the best affiliate programs in India that I could dig out.

Matrimonial affiliate programs

Thanks to our huge population and arranged marriage concepts, the matrimonial sites really thrive in India. Most of the matrimonial portals in India have good affiliate programs though the leading ones are the following:

1. Shaadi.com affiliate program – Shaadi Rewards

Affiliate network: own managed
Suitability: Any webmaster or blogger with personal blogs, news websites etc can apply. Rated/explicit/violent/stolen content cannot promote the brand (and that is the case with other affiliate programs mentioned below as well)
Referral commission: Rs. 10 to 25 per free profile. Revenue share of up to 40% for paid profiles.
Minimum payout: Rs. 990/- for Indian affiliates and Rs. 5000/- for foreign affiliates
Payment modes: Cheque for Indians and PayPal for foreign affiliates.
Payment schedule: Every month (i.e. Previous month’s earnings paid during current month subject to minimum balance)
Promotion channels support: Allows email marketing, PPC advertising etc but prefers website traffic and dedicated website page for matrimonial promotion in order to achieve 50% commission.

Read more about Shaadi Rewards

2. BharatMatrimony affiliate program – MatriMoney

Affiliate network: own
Suitability: Any webmaster or blogger with personal blogs, news websites etc can apply.
Referral commission: An ‘undisclosed’ fixed amount per free profile signup. Revenue share of up to 25% for paid profiles from their first payment alone.
Minimum payout: Rs. 200/-
Payment modes: Cheque
Payment schedule: Every month
Promotion channels support: Allows PPC advertising but with very strict copyright guidelines. Website traffic preferred.

Learn more about MatriMoney affiliate program

Travel affiliate programs

Tourism and hospitality industry is booming in India and there’s plenty of business travel as well – thanks to the fast developing economy. The following are the best travel affiliate programs in India.

3. MakeMyTrip affiliate program

Affiliate network: own
Suitability: Any webmaster or blogger who write about with air, travel, hotel, holidays, packaged tour, cruise program, car rental content can apply. Must not have competitor content (Yatra.com, ClearTrip,…) on the promoted pages.
Referral commission: 3% to 5% of air fare base price for domestic flights. Rs 500/- flat on International flight bookings. Holiday packages and hotels 8% of the published tariff.
Minimum payout: Rs. 5000/-
Payment modes: Cheque
Payment schedule: Every month (45 days from previous months earnings)
Promotion channels support: N/A.

Read more about MakeMyTrip affiliate program

4. Yatra affiliate program

Affiliate network: Shoogloo Network
Suitability: Any website or blog
Referral commission: Rs. 120/- to 600/- per booking
Minimum payout: Rs. 5000/-
Payment modes: Cheque
Payment schedule: N/A
Promotion channels support: N/A

Learn more about Yatra affiliate program
(Note: They have switched many affiliate platforms and networks and hence some information is still not available. Will provide more information if I get to hear from their affiliate manager)

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Comments

  1. VK :

    hi !, I have a new blog ebiz4cash.wordpress.com
    what is the best way for increasing the traffic that may be acceptable for google adsense.

    • Google may accept your blog for the AdSense program if it has completed at least 6 months and has some good content (say 20-30 posts with regular updating). Increasing traffic is not in the scope of this post. Please visit other posts under the ‘Site Promotion – SEO’ category on this page.

  2. karthik :

    I have crossed threshold on tyroo.
    When will i get m payment?there is no option of contacting them…
    Do they pay really?anyone got the cheque?
    If anyone knows the information,help me

  3. Pawan :

    I am a flipkart affiliate and find it very genuine. I earn around 600 Rs pm. I get gift voucher which I use to buy books and computer items from them.

  4. mani :

    sir,
    i recently launched new classifeid website with yellow pages and news sector in indian market , how to get revenue from website, and expalin some website to post ads on my website

  5. Kapil :

    Very Informative article. I launched a matrimonial portal and i am searching good affiliate company. Thanks for it.

  6. Sagar Mahatre :

    I recommend Dashcoat Network. It offers CPA (Cost per Action), CPM (Cost per 1000 Impressions), CPC (Cost per Click), CPL (Cost per Lead), CPI (Cost per Install), CPD (Cost per Download), CPS (Cost per Sale) and PPV (Pay per View) Video ads.

  7. vCommission is the best at the moment. Tyroo is the WORST, since Yahoo happened to it. Try a few more, dgmPro, HY affiliates etc.

  8. chaz :

    Hi, I am in the US and I have a ‘diet’ site that gets around 50% if its traffic from India. I use Adsense, but the CPC is very low because of the Indian traffic. Do you have any affiliate suggestions for me? I was surprised that there was the Indian interest in the diet niche.

  9. Sarath chandran :

    hi tyroo is waste i suggest to all of our publishers don’t go to tyroo, they didn’t pay correctly, they paying half half only not 100% they simply told after 60days many fake leads from your account,i suggest V commission too

    thank you

  10. saurabh :

    Are you sure indiatimes gives 10% commission as this is s so high compared to flipkarts 1% on electronics

  11. Rauf :

    Hey Friend iam totally new , i need to earn from Internet plz send me details …i can say iam zero on this programme ..plz give me details from the scarth…to final…expecting ur reply Aajith

  12. mayank :

    Affiliate advertising in india is still in infancy age. Since there is a big downtrack in managing ecommerce section for startups we have experienced. Luring customers has become the main goal, Except some of big players like flipkart,infibeam,snapdeal there is a very hectic time inside the cover for indian ecommerce companies. Known are some falls like Taggle shutdown and letsbuy compelled acquisition by flipkart. Online ecommerce section is still largely oriented to travel industry( although some positive trends are coming but limited to 1st tier cities only) and people have less trust over market process(like transaction,shipment and all that) especially in tier-II/III. In such an invisible panic situation cutting prices,Offering huge discount is the only way left to lure customers. But then what about affialite partners, There is no enough space left so that players will provide affiliate fee after so much iiritating acounting calculations to set the profit in right track. Only big players who have a long run relationships with suppliers and sell a lot can survive after giving you an affiliate fee……….

    what’s your take? Do share…..

  13. I applied for shaadi.com affiliate marketing a week back. They didn’t reply yet.

    • Hmm… that strange. I had my personal blog (ajithprasad.com) approved pretty fast. I had the Shaadi.com banners till recently though I removed all types of ads from my blog couple of weeks ago.

  14. Tapan :

    Hi….. i have just join Vcomission which is affiliate program and it’s the best till now in one week i have earn 6$

  15. lama :

    hi i am from Nepal how i can join in affiliate program. if i join an India’s affliate program then can i get a cheque or if i got a cheque then can i change it in sbi bank of nepal.?

    • Hmm… I really don’t know about that scenario. I am forced to believe that the Indian affiliate companies, are probably working with Indian residents alone (and are in the purview of Indian income tax rules etc)

  16. Ravi :

    Hi Ajith,

    Glad to know about your success with the Flipkart affiliate program. Even I am a Flipkart affiliate and regularly earn more than 15000 bucks a month through my blog. Although I’ve had payment related issues with them in the past, I have been paid all my dues.

    However they deduct 10% TDS from the payments but still haven’t issued a TDS certificate as promised in spite of repeated emails.

    I’ve created a Google group only for active Flipkart affiliates to discuss strategies and share our concerns. I hope you’ll join it.

    https://groups.google.com/d/forum/flipkart-affiliates

    Regards,

  17. I my self used shadi.com along with adsense to make 15$ approx. a day

  18. Rahul :

    Hi ,
    Has anyone used Tyroo ad affiliate network.? Need reviews.Was looking for pay per click networks to add on my blog.Thnx in advance.

  19. suresh :

    Affiliate programmes are good, but we need to know how to use in our websites. Else we end up just keeping them without any revenue

  20. Vinod :

    Dear Ajith

    May i know ur opinion about ‘bidvertiser’

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