My Top 5 Affiliate Programs for 2022: What Are They? Why Did I Choose Them?

Updated: 29th January 2022

Hello and welcome to My name is David Hurley. I started this blog with one aim in mind: to help you make money online by following my steps. I started my first online business back in 1999, and started my first affiliate marketing venture in 2007.

I’ve learned a lot since then and made a lot of mistakes as well along the road to Internet business success. So I think I’m well qualified to help you avoid my mistakes and get on the fast track to building a profitable online business.

Stick with me and I’ll show you my top 5 affiliate programs for 2022 and how I work with them. (NOTE: These programs are all time-tested and reliable. ALL FIVE were also my “Top 5 Programs” for 2021″ so in fact, there has been no change to my Top 5 Programs over the last 12 months.)

I award these programs 5 stars.

These are all 5 Star Programs that offer great value both in the services they provide and as profitable programs to promote as an affiliate. Four of them have been “tried and tested” by myself and many other people over several years. The fifth, the newest addition to this list, was launched in January 2022 and I believe it makes an excellent addition to the portfolio. All five are programs that bring in a regular monthly commission income.

Once you know what my top 5 affiliate programs are and how I work with them, you will be able to follow my steps and start making money from them too.

The Rule of “5”

After a decade of affiliate marketing I have found “the rule of 5” to be very useful. It gives me the ideal balance between the two virtues of “focus” and “diversity”.

One of the biggest blocks to succeeding in affiliate marketing is that we can end up joining and promoting too many programs. The more programs you promote, the more you are dividing your attention. If you try to promote too many programs you will spread your resources of time and money too thinly. As a result, you will struggle to make the breakthrough you are seeking.

So it makes sense to keep your focus narrow.

On the other hand, have seen too many programs crash and burn over the last few years. There is no guarantee that the program you are working with today will still be there tomorrow. If you put everything into a single program, your income  could be wiped out if the program suddenly shuts down.

So it makes sense to diversify.

And for me, I have found the ideal balance between focus and diversity to be five programs. That is why I put most of my effort into promoting my top 5 affiliate programs.

Why Did I Choose These “Top 5 Programs”?

  1. The Prosperity Marketing System – A $12 list building marketing funnel pays you 100% monthly Bitcoin commissions…
  2. Wealthy Affiliate – It’s time to get serious and learn the skills you need to succeed with an online business.
  3. ListNerds – A highly innovative safelist mailer by ClickTrackProfit that is built on the Hive blockchain. ListNerds not only rewards the readers of the emails but also the senders.
  4. LeadsLeap continues to be my #1 source of referrals, sales and upgrades.
  5. The Click Engine is the newest addition to this list and I believe it will be an excellent source of “buyer traffic” and recurring commissions.

1. The Prosperity Marketing System

How would you like to have the ability to completely customize your very own marketing funnel system with programs of YOUR choice?

Yep, just delete the ones you don’t like and add your own. Then, promote your system and earn 100% commissions at the same time.

Multiple streams of income and downline growth is the fastest way to online wealth, and now you can have the control over which downlines to grow while you brand yourself independently of any of them.

Plus, if the people you refer decide NOT to join your primary business, you get paid anyway! Wait… A “No” means money in your pocket? You bet! You win no matter what happens, but only if you are using the Prosperity Marketing System.

I’ve been a member since PMS launched in 2009. Check out my detailed review of PMS for more info.

2. Wealthy Affiliate

I joined Wealthy Affiliate in October 2015 for the online business training and the SiteRubix WordPress hosting platform because I needed somewhere secure and reliable to host my blogs, and I wanted to improve the results I was getting. Joining WA was one of the best moves I could have made. WA offers excellent training and a top quality tool suite to help you turn your business ideas into profit.

You can also bounce your ideas and questions off a vibrant forum community of like-minded people willing to pass on their knowledge and experience to you.

Their affiliate program is second to none with a good conversion rate and generous commissions. In fact, you can build a full-time income simply by the recurring commission payments you receive from Wealthy Affiliate.

3. ListNerds

The team at Click Track Profit have relaunched their ListNerds safelist mailer. The new ListNerds has been built on the HIVE blockchain which means that those who SEND email can be rewarded in crypto tokens as well as those who receive the emails and engage with them.

The result has been an immediate surge in demand for emails by ListNerd members who are keen to earn crypto rewards, and a massive boost in the clickthrough rate of opened emails.

You can also earn daily crypto dividends from ListNerds without ever sending an email!

It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the first thing about crypto or blockchain technology when you get started. The training is easy to follow and the community will lead you step by step so you can start earning and stacking crypto while you promote your business and build your list.

4. LeadsLeap

I have been with Leads since 2008. LeadsLeap is run by a Singaporean guy called Kenneth Koh. With LeadsLeap, Kenneth has created an excellent traffic generation program with some useful tools to help Internet marketers become more effective.

LeadsLeap is consistently my best source for referrals, sales and upgrades by a large margin.

In March 2020 they added “SendSteed,” which is a professional autoresponder, to their already impressive portfolio of marketing tools (for no extra cost if you are already upgraded). It is so good that I was able to shut down my previous autoresponder and migrate my lists to SendSteed, saving me around $18 a month in autoresponder fees while adding some excellent features (such as blog and YouTube broadcasts) that my old autoresponder did not offer.

Other features recently added are their image and PDF file hosting service. The PDF hosting service enabled me to cancel my pdf hosting service for my ebooks. Now I use Leadsleap to store my ebooks instead – another saving, thanks to LeadLeap and its outstanding owner, Kenneth Koh.

5. The Click Engine

The Click Engine is a new program, launched in January 2022 by top Prosperity Marketing System affiliate Jeff Aman. (I’ve been following Jeff for a while now so I know how good he is at online affiliate marketing.)

The Click Engine is a simple, low-cost, program designed to deliver “buyer traffic” to a URL of your choice on autopilot for as long as you maintain your subscription.

The Click Engine is a “micro continuity offer” designed not only to deliver traffic for the customers, but also to generate a high conversion and retention rates for affiliates by offering a highly-valued service for a very low cost.

David Hurley


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David is a business blogger who started his first website back in 1997 and has been running an online business since 2000. He uses the concept of Top 5 Programs to build multiple online income streams without losing focus. David recommends Wealthy Affiliate to anyone who wants to build a profitable online business. Read more about David on his About page.


  1. Hi David,

    This is a very useful post to me as an aspiring affiliate marketer.

    I am only familiar Wealthy Affiliate, haven’t heard of the other ones.

    I like the fact that you use all these service/products based on your experience.

    You don’t mention it in the post but how long have you been with each of these programs?

    • Hi Zarina,

      (Comment updated, January 2022)

      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad to know you found my post useful.

      I’ve been with four of the five programs for quite a while now:

      * LeadsLeap since 2008
      * Prosperity Marketing System since 2012
      * Wealthy Affiliate since 2015
      * Listnerds since they launched (and their main site ClickTrafficProfit since 2009).

      Tried and tested!

      The only new program on the list is The Click Engine, which launched in Janaury 2022, while Listnerds was relaunched on the Hive blockchain earlier in the same month, but had been around for several years prior to that as part of the ClickTrackProfit family.

      All the best,

      David Hurley

  2. Thanks Mr David. This top5 progam you launch is fantastic. I love it so much because it brings a lot of encouragement to members. Thanks.

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