The Best Affiliate Programs in 2019 For Web Designers, Bloggers and Digital Marketers

New businesses go online every year and along the main digital channels of SEO, PPC, Newsletter Marketing and Social Media; online businesses have an important and cost-effective customer acquisition channel in affiliate marketing. 

Internet businesses require a simple and effective way to onboard digital professionals to help them sell their products and services online, while at the same time affiliate marketers need a straightforward way to monetise their online presence and earn commissions from the traffic, they drive to these affiliate websites. The solution to both online businesses and digital marketers is affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing enables online businesses and affiliates to connect and start promoting the merchant’s services and in turn the affiliate gets paid a commission.

By joining an affiliate program, web designers and bloggers can start monetising their traffic with their affiliate website, newsletter database and social media presence. They promote the advertiser with product banners, add product comparisons and write product/services reviews all tracked by adding affiliate links.

Affiliate Marketing is growing year on year with expected revenue growth of 10% and is predicted that spend on affiliate marketing is likely to reach US$8.2 billion by 2022.  It’s popularity today is that it involves little investment for web designers, bloggers, and digital marketers while offering them flexibility by getting paid commissions working from home. For advertisers is also a straightforward and cost-effective online acquisition channel.

Affiliate Programs for Web Designers and Bloggers and How They Compare

We have put below a number of affiliate programs including Domain Affiliate Programs, Webhosting Affiliate Programs, SSL Affiliate Programs and Website Monitoring Affiliate Programs. We also explain how you can further monetise your social media presence and online traffic by joining our affiliate program, StatusCake Partners to promote our website monitoring services. 

StatusCake Partners is our inhouse affiliate program dedicated to the promotion of StatusCake Uptime, Server, Domain, SSL and Page Speed monitoring services. Our affiliate program is an innovative SaaS affiliate program offering 30% recurrent lifetime commission to its affiliates which complements the offering of both domain and web hosting affiliate programs.

Domain Affiliate Programs.

One of the easiest ways for affiliate sites to monetise their traffic is to partner with a number of domain registrar affiliate services for example; Godaddy, Namecheap and Domain.com. Simply put, a domain name is your website name, is the address where online users can access your website on the internet and where they transact with you by subscribing to a service or purchasing online.

These domain registrars offer in their affiliate program over 900 international domain extensions. This type of affiliate marketing is one of the growing and very lucrative online businesses opportunities in the world. Digital marketers can use affiliate marketing to make money online by promoting various digital services including domain registering services from any of these programs. Once you have been accepted as an affiliate, you’ll be able to use banners with your unique tracking links and start earning commissions. 

Domain affiliate programs offer commission rates that range from 10% and up to 15% with some programs but only pay you commissions with the first purchase. There are other programs that just pay affiliates a fixed sum that varies between $1, $5 and $10 per registration and depending on the type of domain and only once.

This means that you only receive a commission for a first-time order made by a new customer. By contrast StatusCake Partners offers its affiliates 30% recurring lifetime commission, this means that you are paid every time your customers place an order for life!

With many domain affiliates programs, you have to login and request a commission payment. That’s not the case with StatusCake partners as we email you a summary of your earned commissions and pay you automatically, also, affiliates have access to real time reports just by logging in.

Web Hosting Affiliate Programs

Bloggers and website owners all over the world have found affiliate marketing to be a viable way to sustain their internet businesses financially. In addition to promoting domain registrar companies they can also earn commissions by promoting web hosting services. There are many web hosting affiliate programs out there but mainly offer a flat commission structure, starting from $50 per sale and up to $500 depending on the hosting plan. However, only a small number of programs pay even a small recurrent commission.

When you join StatusCake Partners you get to earn 30% recurring lifetime commission on any of our paid plans as opposed to just one payment offered by web hosting affiliate programs. StatusCake plans offers both monthly and annual subscriptions to its customers and with a high basket value this is a great opportunity to monetise your affiliate website. By promoting StatusCake Uptime Monitoring, Page Speed, SSL and Domain Monitoring Services you earn 30% commission for the lifetime of your referred customers.

To help you acquire new customers StatusCake offers a free trial which allows new customers to test the monitoring tools and can track up to 10 websites. These alerts let the customer know if their website is down or having connectivity issues and also includes downtime analysis. These downtime alerts are sent via email, SMS, third party apps such as Slack, Telegram and many more. The free plan also offers 1-page speed test, which helps web site owners to monitor how fast their website loads and use this report to improve page load time.

StatusCake Partners website monitoring affiliate program is an innovative and easy way for bloggers, webmasters and web developers to have an additional revenue stream to their existing affiliate business, a new digital business that complements their product offering and offers a reliable commission.

We welcome affiliates from all geographies and digital backgrounds, the affiliate program is free to join, and we offer dedicated affiliate support via email, telephone and Skype. Join now!

New Role – SysAdmin Wanted

Get in touch with us at jobs@statuscake.com.

We are looking for an experienced SysAdmin to join our fast growth business. You will work directly with our Head of Tech to support the development, and maintenance of our back-end services as we move towards more cutting edge technologies, which you will help make decisions on. You will need to be highly knowledgable with Linux, scripting languages (NodeJS), and deployment/orchestration processes (Chef, Puppet, Ansible)

Who we Are: 

We offer powerful monitoring tools that are quick-and-easy to set up, which provide instant alerts that you can trust, the moment your site goes down. Customers are given invaluable insight into how their website’s performance is impacting customers’ experiences – helping businesses stay ahead of the competition. We offer uptime, server, domain, SSL monitoring, and many more.

The ideal candidate is looking for a challenge, self motivated and excited to be part of a new team developing our future architecture/stack.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Strong linux system admin experience, in a multi-server environment.
  • Solid experience supporting websites using LAMP stack.
  • Experience with automation infrastructure provisioning and management tools (Chef/Puppet/Ansible)
  • Knowledge of core networking concepts like Network Design, Reverse Proxies, Firewalls, TCP/IP, DNS, VPN’s, NAT, Routing and Nginx.
  • Experience with Cloudflare
  • Moderate knowledge of database management (MySql, CloudSql, Postgres)
  • Ability to manage workload affectively, and be self motivated.
  • Good scripting knowledge and experience in NodeJS

Nice to haves:

  • Experience in developing within the Digital Ocean cloud for commercial environments.
  • Good knowledge of monitoring tools (Grafana, etc.)
  • Keen on the DevOps mentality/process, and agile
  • Great communicator, with an ability to work effectively within a team

The Offer:

  • A great product, amazing team and funding to deliver what’s needed
  • A competitive salary depending on experience
  • Flexible working hours (Core hours are 10am-4pm)
  • Office in a WeWork based in Chancery Lane

Get in touch with us at jobs@statuscake.com.

DNS Lookup Explained

The Domain Name System, DNS for short, is one of the most important protocols on the internet, and yet relatively few people understand its purpose. DNS is a protocol which governs how computers exchange data online. Its purpose, simply stated, is to match names with numbers, helping to convert memorable domain names (such as statuscake.com), into an IP address (such as 104.20.78.151) that your browser can use.

DNS is essentially a map or a phone book of the internet. As each device and website connected to a network has its own IP address, without DNS we would be forced to keep our own records of which domain names match which IP addresses, which would make the internet much more difficult to use!

The purpose that DNS serves, therefore, is relatively straightforward, but the process itself is not, particularly as there are billions of active IP addresses in use, and billions of DNS requests occurring at any given time.

In this article we will aim to explain how the Domain Name System works, explaining each step from the first query to the moment a webpage loads on your browser.

How does DNS Work?

To the end-user, DNS lookup appears to occur instantaneously, requiring no more than the domain name and a tap of the enter key. However, there is plenty of heavy lifting occurring behind the scenes, with the request, in most cases, passing between four servers before finally matching the domain name with the IP address and loading the webpage.

Here are the four servers involved in the DNS protocol:

DNS Recursor – The main function of the DNS Recursor is to receive the initial query and to pass it on to the relevant server.

Root Nameserver – The Root Nameserver takes the first step in resolving the domain name entered in the initial query into an IP address.

TLD Name Server – The Top Level Domain Server (TLD) is where the last portion of an address (e.g. .com) is hosted.

Authoritative Nameserver – In the last step in the process, the Authoritative Nameserver returns the requested hostname (if it has access to it), back to the DNS Recursor resulting in the webpage being loaded.

DNS Recursor

Every DNS request begins with a query. For example, when you enter statuscake.com into your web-browser your browser proceeds to send a query over the internet to find the matching IP address for that domain name. The first step in this process is for the browser to query the DNS Recursor (also known as a recursive resolver) which can be operated by your ISP, a wireless provider, or a third-party. In this first step, the DNS Recursor acts as a middle-man, connecting your query with the relevant IP address to answer the question of which IP address is associated with the initial query.

Root Nameserver

The Root Nameserver is the first type of DNS server that the DNS Recursor talks to on the road to resolving your query. There are 13 sets of root servers in over 300 locations across the globe, and each one holds DNS information about top level domains such as .com. There are also thousands of servers supporting the Root Nameservers, located according to where internet demand is the highest. The Root Nameserver helps to translate the original text-based query into a language, such as IP addresses, which computers can understand.

TLD Nameserver

The Top Level Domain (TLD) Nameserver provides the next piece in the puzzle by answering the initial query with the IP address of the domain’s name server. Similar to the Root Nameservers, the TLD Nameservers have 4-13 nameservers across many different locations. The main purpose of the TLD is to store the address information for second level domains (such as statuscake.com).

Authoritative Nameserver

The Authoritative Nameserver is the final step in the DNS process. In this step, the Authoritative Nameserver is able to match an IP address with the requested hostname and returns it to the DNS Recursor. Armed with the matching IP address for the initial domain name query, the DNS Recursor is able to tell your browser what the requested IP address is. Finally, your web browser uses the newly learned IP address to reach the website, and to load the webpage you initially requested!

There are exceptions, deviations, and many layers of extra detail to the DNS process, including caching and non-recursive queries. However, the fundamental process is that which we have outlined in this article, where the initial query proceeds through four servers – DNS Recursor; Root Nameserver; TLD Name Server; Authoritative Nameserver – before the matching IP address and domain name are returned to your browser.

If you would like to monitor and enhance the performance of your website, StatusCake provides a suite of website performance monitoring tools which are easy to set-up and use, and provide you with invaluable insights into how your website’s performance is impacting your customers’ experiences.

Click here, to start your free trial today!

 

Which is the Best CMS?

It’s never been easier to create your own website, or to start selling your products online. There is a wide range of Content Management Systems (CMS) for you to choose from, each offering its own unique set of features and functionality. You have probably already heard of many of the most well-known CMS, such as WordPress and Squarespace, but there are other less well-known platforms that may be more suited to your needs. 

To help you choose the best CMS for your purpose, we’ll explain what function a CMS serves, what features you should look out for, and concluding with a list of the best CMS on the market right now. 

What is a CMS?

A Content Management System (CMS) is an application which allows you to create a website, and to manage, edit and update the content of that website. 

The best CMS are user-friendly and highly intuitive, allowing you to manage and make changes to your website, without any coding knowledge at all. 

This is different from a website builder, which enables you to adjust the look and feel of your website using something like a drag-and-drop editor. A CMS on the other hand, allows you to control aspects of the design of your website, but with a greater focus on how content is managed in the backend. 

A CMS is a fundamental requirement for managing a successful website. Many CMS come with built-in features and tools which enable you to manage crucial aspects of your website, such as SEO, mobile-page speed, and e-commerce shops. Other CMS, such as WordPress, provide access to a wealth of additional features through the use of ‘plugins’. 

While some CMS are more suited to certain types of websites, (Magento, for example, is an e-commerce CMS), the best platforms are highly customisable, meaning you can adjust your CMS to fit the purpose of your website or business. 

Important CMS Features

We’ve covered the function of a Content Management System, and you should have a good idea of the purpose they serve. Now, in this section, we will take a look at some important CMS features.

Publishing Tools – Content is king online, so it’s crucial that the CMS you choose offers comprehensive publishing tools. If content is a particular focus for your website, you will want to ensure that you are able to publish a variety of different types of content on your CMS.

Customisation – It’s often the case that the best CMS offer a high level of customisation., allowing you to add in features that are important to your website, as well as removing those which are superfluous. 

SEO Tools – Building the perfect website is only half the battle in the online world, you also have to ensure that the website ranks well for the search terms you want to appear for. This can be a difficult task, but it can be made much easier if your CMS includes built-in SEO tools to allow you to optimise each page for your target phrases. If your CMS doesn’t include this built-in functionality, you should be able to add in using external plugins or extensions. 

Social Media Integration – Like it or loathe it, if you want to receive exposure for your website then you are going to have to engage with social media. Some important CMS social media features include social sharing buttons; as well as optimising your content to be shared on each platform. 

Analytics – To succeed online, it’s crucial to monitor and learn from the engagement you receive through your website. To make the most from the traffic to your website, ensure that your CMS integrates with the daddy of all analytics tools, Google Analytics, allowing you to monitor the performance of your website from within your CMS. 

What are the Best CMS?

WordPress

Even if you don’t know what a CMS is, you’ve probably heard of WordPress. Launched in 2003, and based on PHP and MySQL, WordPress is a highly customisable CMS, allowing you to create anything from a food blog, to a fully functioning e-commerce website. 

One of the big appeals of WordPress is the ability to upload third-party and custom-made themes. This means that you can create a stunningly designed website simply by purchasing and uploading a WordPress theme, without having to pay for an expensive website design project. 

WordPress’s vast catalogue of plugins is also a big selling point. Plugins are essentially apps for your CMS which allow you to upgrade its functionality by installing plugins for features such as SEO, AMP and mobile-friendliness. 

Squarespace

Next to WordPress, Squarespace is one of the best known CMS. However, Squarespace differs significantly from WordPress in the fact that it isn’t an opensource CMS, preventing you from installing third-party software onto your CMS. This CMS is a self-contained platform, covering website design, content management, and web hosting. 

The big appeal with Squarespace is that allows you to build a website from the ground up, without any technical or web development experience. Squarespace also offers an e-commerce platform, allowing you to build and manage an online store within the CMS. 

Joomla

Joomla is in many respects very similar to WordPress. This is another opensource CMS, which means you have access to a range of plugins, features and themes to make the most out of your website. It is also a user-focussed CMS, with a highly intuitive dashboard. Where Joomla claims to differ from WordPress is in the high level of security provided, which is included as standard, and doesn’t have to be bolted on with add-ons and plugins. 

Wix

The Wix CMS leads the way in user-friendly, intuitive design, with an easy to use interface, WYSIWYG web builder, and a set of minimalist plugins. Wix offers user-friendly publishing tools which make it easy to manage your website content. The Wix CMS is also known for the responsiveness of its help and support system, meaning any issues you have as a customer should be resolved promptly. 

Magnolia

Magnolia pitches itself as an all-in-one CMS, for companies who need a website that performs a variety of different functions. Based on Java, Magnolia integrates the major CMS features, such as e-commerce; content management; automation, analytics and social media. These features don’t have to be included all at once, but can be added in as and when they are required. 

Magento

Magento is a specialist e-commerce CMS, providing a product focussed interface that can make it extremely powerful and effective for online retailers. The CMS includes features which are vital to e-commerce websites such as promotion features, analytics, reporting and customer service tools. Magento is perhaps not as user-friendly as some of the CMS on this list, but if you run an e-commerce website, it is certainly a CMS that you should take into consideration. 

So, which is the best CMS? Ultimately this will depend on the nature of your business, and the type of website you want to build. You will also want to consider and compare some of the features listed in this article, and ask yourself which are the most important to you and your business at this point in time. Armed with this information, you will be able to go out and choose the best CMS for your needs.

 

StatusCake provides a suite of website performance monitoring tools which are easy to set-up and use, and provide you with invaluable insights into how your website’s performance is impacting your customers’ experiences.

Click here, to start your free trial today.

New Role – Go Developer Wanted

Get in touch with us at jobs@statuscake.com.

 

We are looking for an experienced Go developer to join our fast growth business. You will work directly with our Head of Tech to support the design, development, and maintenance of our greenfield application as we move towards more cutting edge technologies, which you will help make decisions on.

To help with our long term expansion plans, the ideal candidate will have proven experience developing scalable web based products. You will need to be highly knowledgable with database (MySQL, Time-Based DB’s), and comfortable working with third-party/building APIs.

We offer powerful monitoring tools that are quick-and-easy to set up, which provide instant alerts that you can trust, the moment your site goes down. Customers are given invaluable insight into how their website’s performance is impacting customers’ experiences – helping businesses stay ahead of the competition. We offer uptime, server, domain, SSL monitoring, and many more!

The ideal candidate is looking for a challenge, self motivated and excited to be part of a new team developing our future architecture/stack.

Must haves:

  • At least 2 years of commercial experience with Golang
  • Solid experience with micro services architecture, and modern dev technologies (Go, Docker, K8s)
  • Solid experience with the RESTful/gRPC
  • Solid knowledge of SQL, with experience in optimisation, migrations, replication, and normalising
  • Good understanding of NodeJS, jQuery, HTML5 and CSS – ability to work with client and server side
  • Good knowledge of scalable caching technologies (Redis)
  • Good knowledge of Unix and bash – comfortable around running/maintaining services across multiple servers.
  • Experience working with Git in a team using feature branches/GitFlow
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong troubleshooting skills

Nice to haves:

  • Comfortable working with legacy
  • Knowledge of Testing in Go
  • Experience in an agile environment (Scrum, and Agile)
  • Comfortable in a growing startup environment
  • Experience using GIT, Redis, and PostgreSQL
  • Knowledge of tracing, deployment, monitoring tools for micro services
  • You are a good judge of when the team are in need of a good cup of tea… or meme


The Offer: 

A great product, amazing team and funding to deliver what’s needed

A competitive salary depending on experience

Flexible working hours (Core hours are 10am-4pm)

Office in a WeWork based in Chancery Lane

 

Get in touch with us at jobs@statuscake.com.