VigLink Review: Make Money with Non-Monetized Blog Links

Review of: Viglink
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Rating:
5
On April 25, 2014
Last modified:July 22, 2015

Summary:

Viglink is one of the smartest way to monetize your blog content using pay-per-sale feature. Highly recommended monetisation program for one with a quality website.

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!

Viglink Review

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.

For further reading on this , you can grab my Affiliate marketing eBook:

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!

Viglink Monetization ProgramFor 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.

All of this is done with the help of Javascript, so it’s SEO friendly and it works with AdSense as well.

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:

Viglink Dashboard

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:

Pros:

  • 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

Cons: 

  • 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.

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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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Viglink is one of the smartest way to monetize your blog content using pay-per-sale feature. Highly recommended monetisation program for one with a quality website.
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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.

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COMMENTs ( 27 )

  1. says

    I am confused

    sounds nice – but what if your links are just linking to another blog etc.. what would happen? Does vigilink track that click then wait until that certain visitor (who clicked your link) purchased a product from another merchant (lets say that it would happen like 3 or TEN clicks after they clicked a link from your site?) or do you really NEED to link to an actual affiliated merchant for this to work?

    TIA Harsh -OR anyone who can answer my question

  2. says

    My personal view and experience is that, Infolinks AD are much more better than VigLink. The reason behind this statement is that while using VigLink, they only pay you, if a user buys a product by clicking on your link and that is not always happening because the user may change his mind later on if he finds a better product. But Infolinks will pay per views, which is more adorable. And again this is just my personal opinion and more over if your blog views perday is in thousands then you are gonna make some good amount from that but that aint true for the viglinks ads. If I would prioritize the ads then I would go as 1 Adsense Google, 2 Bing Adsense, 3 Infolinks, 4 buysell ads, 5 viglinks.

    • says

      @Prabhudatta
      It all depends upon the kind of niche you are blogging in. If you are using lot of commerce keywords and getting organic traffic, VigLink would give better result. If you are blogging on random niche and getting traffic from everywhere (Untargeted), Infolinks might work better.

  3. Prashant says

    Harsh,
    Before some days I had replaced infolinks with viglinks in my blogsite (Its not built on wordpress) but its not creating links in it. Is there any requirement for that such as links without source or something??
    And also how it will know my affiliate id while generating link?
    Please Assist.

  4. Mehul Boricha says

    Thank you Harsh for this awesome article. Currently i am using infolinks. Hope that this viglink will generate more revenue. Can you suggest any other service which is better than viglink also…

    • Ashutosh Jha says

      Hi Mehul,

      You can try inline ad networks similar to infolinks, “koentra”. It is also good ad platform.

  5. Joseph says

    In my opinion, Infolinks are much more better than VigLink. Because while using VigLink, they only pay you, if a user buys a product by clicking on your link. But Infolinks will pay per views, which is more adorable. Uh.. it’s just my own opinion. If your blog and website get some good k views, you will definitely get paid an awesome $$..!

  6. Nilantha Madhushanka says

    I think this will be a good option for affiliate links. There are many positive and negative reviews about Viglink on Internet.

    But after reading this post of yours, I will give it a try.

    Thanks.

  7. Kailash Mahadik says

    Hi harsh, thanks for the tips.. I think i should replace my infolink intexts ads with Viglinks as infolink isn’t profiting my website

  8. Satya Srinivas says

    Hi,

    Currently using VigLink on my new blog. Is Skimlinks better than VigLink. Please advice.

  9. King says

    this one sounds really interesting… I think its high time for me to check this on my website which has no revenue model other than Google Adsense.. wish this one works as per my needs..

  10. Rauzet moustache says

    Viglink is not working for me at all, I have tried it for a little over a month and not even a penny. I still have it running but not for long.

  11. Rahul Mehta says

    I made around 50 $ from viglink and now i have removed the script . very low payout
    i used to get around 40-50 clicks and the payout was like 0.50 to 1 $ .

  12. Kaushal says

    Great review. I will try setting up viglinks on my blog after checking skimlinks. Monetizing through affiliate programs is much better then infolinks as it gives much better money.

  13. Ajay says

    I wasn’t aware that Viglink uses Javascript. I was always worried about the link juice.
    Also, i am not having good experience with Viglink. Even though i am having good traffic, It never earned me anything.
    But after reading this review of yours, i will give it a try once again.

  14. abhilash says

    thank you harsh,
    this review is come on right time for me . i am working on mobile niche and lot of link going out to apps and accessories, so i think i can able to make some money form this program.
    thak you again

  15. Zenil Shroff says

    Extremely good program for making money besides adsense, i’ve had months where i earned $175-200 from this program alone and the best part is that it automatically links to affiliate keywords and no link juice is passed from the page as its javascript.

    I also recommend Luminate for monetizing images.

    • says

      @Priyangshu
      I used this for around two weeks on my Tech blog where I was not making much with Infolinks. It made around $40 and later I removed it to lower down ads. Since my model of making money is different, you will notice I don’t use any In-text ads here.

  16. Orb Web says

    I have VigLink on my site, but removed it totally except for one link. It used to add link where I don’t want and don’t put links where I wanted… It gave some bugs with my modal boxes and when I told them, they correct it within 12 hours (I’m not even sure if I contact Google for a problem like this they will even read the email and answered) anyway, it’s maybe my topic who doesn’t match well with their customers need but for my part, it didn’t paid well…

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