Best Bitcoin Affiliate Programs 2017
When we created this website our plan was always to keep our guides free, so you wouldn't have to pay a monthly fee to view them. Common ways of generating revenue for free content that we considered were advertising and affiliates. We decided to go for the affiliate route, where we'd use affiliate programs within the cryptocurrency space.
This guide lists the affiliates we currently use, and why we chose them.
Our goal in writing this is to get feedback on what you think about the specific programs. Some products like hardware wallets are generally well respected, but areas like exchanges & mining are more of a grey area; one month they might be well respected, but the next if they'd had some sort of controversy (for example an exchange not paying people, getting hacked, etc.) you'd be instantly penalised. In these scenarios we hope to remove affiliates where appropriate and encourage you to contact us here if we're currently promoting a service you consider inappropriate.
The above said, below are all our current affiliates and some information on why we chose them. Any links to services below are the affiliate links we use in our guides, so if you use them - we'd earn some money.
Generally there are two types of affiliate programs. One where you get an up-front fee (for example when someone buys a hardware wallet), and one where you get a commission of some sort on future interactions of a referred user (for example a percentage of fees on an exchange).
We've found it very difficult to find respected exchanges that cover lots of countries, allow fiat deposits/withdrawals and are secure/reliable. Most of the recommended exchanges we found ticked 1 or 2 of these boxes, but not all 3. To our knowledge CEX.IO meets all 3 criteria, and so was a good choice. It also has a good affiliate program.
Recently on Reddit there have been a lot of complaints about this exchange, but we haven't experienced any of these reported issues. See comments by 99Bitcoins on this for more info, and contact us if you have concerns. The only issue we've had is that trade/deposit/withdrawal minimum limits can be quite high, so trading with small amounts on CEX.IO can be difficult.
Commission: 30% of CEX.IO fees for referred users indefinitely.
Similar to HitBTC, this exchange supports crypto-crypto trading and has a range of altcoins available (currently 88 tradable pairs), many of which aren't available on HitBTC at the time of writing this.
Commission: 20% of Binance fees for referred users indefinitely.
HitBTC is a popular crypto-crypto exchange. Compared to CEX.IO which, at the time of writing this, has 15 tradable pairs of currencies, this exchange currently has 302, allowing many smaller altcoins to be bought and traded.
This exchange has had lots of complaints recently, with many people reporting being unable to withdraw funds. But looking at many related Reddit posts, this seems to be more a combination of human error & a delay in responding to support tickets.
As a security measure, it looks like HitBTC has enabled email verification for withdrawals on many accounts. In some cases users no longer have access to these email accounts and are unable to withdraw funds or change their email address. Try contacting them on Reddit if you have issues yourself, they're fairly active. There may be other factors at play here, but we've never had any issues ourselves. If we see any legitimate proof of foul play, we'll stop promoting this exchange immediately.
Commission: 50% of HitBTC fees for referred users indefinitely.
This exchange has grown significantly in popularity in late 2017, offering over 1,100 trading pairs at the time of writing this, with a 24-hour trading volume of $200M.
Commission: 10% of Cryptopia fees for referred users indefinitely.
This exchange is more useful for experienced traders, offering very high leverage for margin trading (up to 100x). Trading with leverage is very risky, so we tend to only refer this exchange when writing about margin trading, and give warnings when we do.
Commission: 10% of BitMEX fees for referred users indefinitely, up to 20% if referred users trade with > 10k Bitcoin (the person you refer also gets a 10% discount on fees for 6 months).
This is a very popular peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange (with buyers/sellers in 248 countries as of writing this), allowing you to send/receive money from someone local to where you live. Similar to CEX.IO, they also offer a high commission for referred users, although only for 3 months after someone signs up, not forever.
Commission: 40% of LocalBitcoins fees for referred users for 3 months.
Brokers & CFD Trading Platforms
Brokers & CFD trading platforms are a popular alternative to exchanges, where although you can't buy cryptocurrencies directly, you can buy them much more securely as they're regulated more heavily than most exchanges. In the UK for example, if a regulated trading platform goes bankrupt or loses funds, your money is often backed by the government.
Similar to eToro, IQ Option is a very popular platform for investing in cryptocurrencies. For an affiliate their commission and dashboard are also very good, although similar to Plus500 they require strict verification before you can use their affiliate program.
IQ Option also have a sub-affiliate program, where if you refer other affiliates you earn commission from people that person refers. Click here to sign up to their affiliate program via our affiliate link.
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Commission: 50% of IQ Option fees for referred users indefinitely.
Commission: 5% of IQ Option fees for sub-affiliate referred users indefinitely.
Plus500 has a good reputation as a CFD trading platform, and offers much lower spreads on cryptocurrencies than alternatives like eToro, as well as stop loss and trailing stop loss functionality on crypto. It also offers a different selection of cryptocurrencies than competitors, currently offering IOTA (which eToro doesn't).
Plus500 offers both an affiliate program for their trading platform, and for their affiliate program itself (where if you refer other affiliates you get a percentage of their commissions, perfect for content like this guide).
A drawback of Plus500 is that you need to post related content promoting them before you can use their affiliate program (compared to all of the other programs on this page which only require your domain to be verified). We're currently awaiting verification ourselves and hope that this promotion will be sufficient to pass their verification.
Commission: Awaiting confirmation.
A big issue with CFDs is that normally you aren't buying the underlying asset - so you'd be charged a daily fee for a broker to hold it for you. In the past this is how eToro worked, but now you can buy the underlying asset so there are no fees for holding Bitcoin (although if you want to short it, that still uses a CFD and has fees).
eToro has a few drawbacks though, mainly related to high fees when trading and withdrawing money, and the recent removal of stop losses for cryptocurrencies. See our analysis of these drawbacks here. The affiliate dashboard for eToro is also very outdated. Many buttons/charts just don't work.
Commission: 25% of eToro fees for referred users indefinitely.
A popular trusted hardware wallet, which is a physical device you store cryptocurrencies on (considered very secure as even if your computer is hacked this is safe).
Commission: 15% the sale amount.
Cryptocurrency coin trackers (sometimes called portfolio monitors) are used to track your investments across multiple exchanges and wallets. Specific features vary between the below sites, but all of them provide integration with exchanges via their APIs where available, basic charts for current coin balances & their fiat (USD) value and a history of past trades.
This platform provides useful features like tax reports (and other useful reports), experimental Bitcoin forecasts & viewing realised/unrealised gains; the main goal seems to be around reports & visibility into your portfolio. This platform has reasonable pricing, but charges per year rather than per month.
Commission: 20% of referred sales (the person you refer also gets a 10% discount).
Compared to CoinTracking, this is more based around trading and offers advanced features for trading across multiple exchanges. Reporting is very basic compared to CoinTracking.
Commission: One-off $15 payment when a referred user starts a paid subscription (so not great compared to CoinTracking).
Similar to Coinigy, this is another tool based around trading, offering a range of features like advanced charting tools, cryptocurrency trading ideas (by other popular traders) and support for a range of exchanges.
Commission: 30% of referred sales.
In early 2017 cloud mining was widely considered to be a scam (as there were many services claiming to offer cloud mining that ran away with money, or offered pyramid-based affiliate programs that weren't scalable). In early 2018 several cloud mining companies are starting to grow past that stigma (although many people still think buying hardware yourself is better value, which we'd argue for ourselves - although it's also more technical). HashFlare is the most popular of these cloud mining companies.
We posted this guide on how cloud mining companies work in general if you're curious. Given that HashFlare's reputation is improving each day, and their very competitive affiliate program, we tend to focus our cloud mining content around HashFlare.
Commission: 10% of referred sales.
This company offers both cloud mining and GPU mining rigs. They're fairly new, only growing in popularity in late 2017/early 2018, but they look to have a growing reputation and similar pricing to HashFlare.
Their affiliate program isn't as competetive as HashFlare, but some contracts they offer are better value - so well worth including in cloud mining content.
Commission: 6% of referred cloud mining sales & 3% for other products (e.g. mining rigs).
In late 2017 when HashFlare grew in popularity still offering cloud mining contracts, Genisis Mining was out of stock on most of theirs - and they only tended to offer pre-orders at fairly high prices. For this reason we tend to focus on HashFlare and CCG Mining at the moment, but we'll keep an eye on Genesis Mining to see if they add new stock/change their pricing in the future.
Commission: 2.5% of referred sales either upfront or in mining power (this increases to a maximum of 6% as you get more sales).
A popular cheap VPN company.
Commission: 33% of referred new & recurring sales indefinitely.
This VPN company is high up in many VPN comparisons in 2017. It's slightly more expensive than other options, but is very fast and makes a big deal out of security.
Commission: 100% of referred new sales & 35% from recurring sales indefinitely.
A third high-end VPN company.
Files Security & Encryption
Windows-based software for encrypting/password protecting files, folders, harddrives, USB sticks and CD/DVDs. Also offering the ability to hide files and shred files so they can't be recovered, all useful features when moving around and storing things like cryptocurrency private keys.
Commission: 25% of referred sales.
If we post any content related to physical items (for example mining hardware), we'll use Amazon affiliate links to buy these items.
General Risk Warning: The financial products offered by the above companies carry a high level of risk and can result in the loss of all your funds. You should never invest money that you cannot afford to lose.
Programs we considered but don't use
We considered using Coinbase, but after some research found their affiliate program to be questionable. A post by 99Bitcoins updated in October 2017 sums this up quite well. Given the current commission is only $10 up-front, we thought exploring other options was more worthwhile.
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