There are much In-text advertising networks in the market, and most of them fails big-time in Payout. The closest best I have tried earlier was Infolinks and today; I’m going to share the review of viglink, which is another Blog monetization program but with a big twist.
If you have read my monthly income report, you will realize most of my income comes from affiliate marketing and I keep trying out new affiliates network and stuff, which sounds promising. Recently I heard of Viglink, and it sounds interesting to monetize my blog, and I tried it for 2 weeks on one of my blog. Before, we move ahead let me give the little background of Aff. marketing for newbies.
In Affiliate marketing, we recommend readers to any product using our unique affiliate URL, and if readers buy it, we get a referral income out of it. And the money which we make via this, is higher than what we get from AdSense clicks. You should check out my earlier post on :
Now, How about if I will share one secret which will help you earn affiliate income from the site in any niche.
Viglink – Content Monetization made Easy with Affiliates:
Viglink is one of the best way to monetize your blog. Viglink works in a very different way than other blog monetization program. It converts your normal outgoing links into Affiliate links, and if users make a purchase, you earn a referral commission out of it. The best part is, you don’t need to be sign up for an individual affiliate account on all network, viglink tracking takes care of it.
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. Usually, you will be making nothing for such links but with viglink, you will be earning when somebody buys a paid app from the app store.
In normal scenario, you are as it is linking to product page to many sites and you don’t make any money when people go and buy the product or download the product, Viglink is easy answer to monetizing such links. Also, if you are already using affiliate links on your website, it never changes them. Also, setting up Viglink is easy, and all you need to do is add a line of code in your site source and rest it will take care of everything. You can understand this better on their demo page.
Still have the doubt about how does Viglink works: Here is a quick video to understand it better:
When I started using Viglink, I had two major queries and concern regarding them and I contacted David Gorcey of Viglink team, who helped me and answered my questions in detail. Keep in mind, this interaction happened back in March 2012.
Question: Sometime, Viglink dashboard shows clicks but 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 actually 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 there is some white-listed list too:
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 set up 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 white-lists, 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 get into more details here, as my experience with Viglink is really great and I had no issues with Payment yet. They Pay by Paypal and till now I have received all the payments in time. Talking about revenue split, they keep 25% of the commission and 75% goes into our pocket, which is still not bad considering we are making money from links, where were non monetized. Here I’m sharing some of the good and bad side of this program:
- It’s SEO Friendly
- Smart way to make money from Website
- Hassle free set up (Offers plugin too)
- Payment in time & via Paypal
- You can control how linking will happen
- More money than Intext ads
- Supports multiple platform (Blogs, Forums)
- Doesn’t violate Adsense policies
- Dashboard reporting is confusing but not a major concern
- You can’t see all list of Merchents
For now, if you are using Infolinks or any other In-text ad network to monetize your blog, you should try Viglink. It works with other Intext network too, as viglink converts your outbound links into Affiliate links, but I suggest use only one of them and see how your income report changes after months.
The closest competitor to Viglink is Skimlinks and we will look into Skim links in future posts. I hope this Viglink review, helped you to find one more network to make money from your blog. If you have used this network before, do share your feedback and review. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Email newsletter for more such updates. If you find this post useful, don’t forget to share it on Facebook and Google plus.
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