There are many in-text advertising networks on the market, and most of them fall dramatically short in terms of payout. The network I have had the best results with in the past is Infolinks, but today I am going to share my review of VigLink, which is another blog monetization program, but with a very interesting twist!
If you have read my monthly income reports, you know that most of my income comes from affiliate marketing. For this reason I am constantly trying out new affiliate networks that sound promising. I recently heard about VigLink, and it sounded interesting toward the purpose of further blog monetization, so I tried it for a two-week period on one of my blogs.
Before we move forward with my review based on my two-week experience, let me offer a little background on affiliate marketing for new bloggers who may be reading this article.
In affiliate marketing, we recommend products to our readers, and if they decide to buy the product using the unique affiliate URL we provide, then we get a referral income from the purchase. The money that we make from this type of affiliate referral is more than what we can make from AdSense clicks.
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If I could share one secret that could help you to earn affiliate income from a site in any niche, it would be the following:
VigLink – content monetization made easy with affiliates:
VigLink is one of the best ways to monetize your blog. VigLink works in a very different way than other blog monetization programs. VigLink converts your normal outgoing links into affiliate links, and if users make a purchase, you earn a referral commission from it. The best part is that you don’t need to be signed up for an individual affiliate account on all networks. Viglink tracking takes care of all of them!
For example, if you have a tech blog and you write about iPhone and iPad apps, VigLink will automatically convert those outbound links into affiliate links. When you would typically make no money for such links, with Viglink you will be earning money whenever somebody buys a paid app from the app store.
VigLink automatically monetizes all outbound links, allowing you to make a handsome income from them. I will share my VigLink income report after this review.
In a normal scenario, you are linking to product pages on many sites, and you don’t make any money when people buy or download the product. VigLink is an easy way to monetizing these links.
It is also important to note that if you are already using affiliate links on your website, VigLink does not change those links.
Setting up VigLink is easy, and all you need to do is add a line of code to your site source, and VigLink will take care of the rest.
You can learn more about the details on their demo page.
Here is a quick video to help you to better understand VigLink:
When I started using VigLink, I had two major questions and concerns, so I contacted David Gorcey, a member of the VigLink team, who answered my questions in detail. Bear in mind that this interaction happened back in March of 2012.
Question: Sometimes my Viglink dashboard shows clicks, but I see no revenue (or vice-versa):
David: This is because in some cases merchants don’t report revenue until the day an item ships, rather than the day it was purchased. So what you are seeing is that the revenue for some transactions isn’t accruing to your account until a few days later as these items were probably back ordered.
As such, even though you had already removed the tags at the beginning of February, some items users had purchased in January had not yet shipped and therefore the revenue didn’t show up in your account until later. Hopefully that makes sense, but let me know if you’d like further explanation.
Question: Are publishers accepted to all merchants, or do some merchants have a whitelist?
David: It is true that some merchants have a whitelist, and that means that we need to add a publisher to their program manually before they will allow affiliation of clicks to them. There are only a handful of merchants we work with that have this type of setup, and most are in the fashion vertical. So overall, you don’t need to be accepted to merchant programs through us, except in a few cases.
The main take-away is that you will be covered for pretty much any merchant we have that you link to, as I don’t think your content really applies to the merchants with whitelists, however, I’d be happy to look and make sure we try to add you to them if it turns out that you send clicks there.
FAQ and pros and cons of VigLink:
I’m not going to go into a lot more detail here, except to say that my experience with VigLink has been great, and I have had no issues with payment to date. They pay by PayPal, and to date I have received all of the payments on time.
With regard to revenue split, VigLink keeps 25% of the commission, and 75% goes into our pockets, which is not bad considering the fact that we are making money from links which were previously non-monetized.
Let’s have a brief look at some of the pros and cons of the VigLink program:
- It’s SEO friendly
- Smart way to make money from website
- Hassle free set-up (offers plugin too)
- Payment on time via PayPal
- You can control how linking will happen
- More money than in-text ads
- Supports multiple platforms (blogs, forums)
- Doesn’t violate AdSense policies
- Nothing major!
If you are using Infolinks or any other in-text ad network to monetize your blog, you should try VigLink. It works with other in-text networks too, because VigLink converts your outbound links into affiliate links. That said, I suggest using only one of them, and seeing how your income report changes after a few months.
The closest competitor to VigLink is Skimlinks, and we will look into Skimlinks in a future post.
I hope this VigLink review has helped you to find one more network that is useful for making money from your blog.
If you have used this network before, please feel free to share your feedback and review in the comments section below.
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