Sovrn Commerce Review: Make Money with Non-Monetized Blog Links

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Product Name: Sovrn Commerce

Product Description: SovrnCommerce (earlier Viglink) is a popular way to monetize your unmonetized links.

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Summary

SovrnCommerce (earlier Viglink) is a popular way to monetize your unmonetized links. This ad program is ideal for bloggers, and social media influencers who can find affiliate links to popular brands. Bloggers can add a few lines of Javascript to their blog and monetize the entire website. 

Pros

  • Wide network
  • Automated Payout
  • Fast acceptance

Cons

Nothing major!

2022 Update: Sovrn has acquired Viglink, and the new rebranded name for the same is Sovrn Commerce.

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There are many in-text advertising networks on the market, and most of them fall dramatically short in payout. Today I will share my review of Sovrn Commerce, another Affiliate network, 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 Sovrn Commerce, and it sounded interesting for 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 read this article.

In affiliate marketing, we recommend products to our readers, and if they buy the product using the unique affiliate URL we provide, then we get a referral income from the purchase. The money 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:

Sovrn Commerce – content monetization made easy with affiliates:

Sovrn Commerce is one of the best ways to make money from blogging. Sovrn Commerce works in a very different way than other blog monetization programs.

Sovrn Commerce 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. Sovrn Commerce tracking takes care of all of them!

For example, if you have a tech blog and you write about iPhone and iPad apps, Sovrn Commerce will automatically convert those outbound links into affiliate links.

When you would typically make no money for such links, with SovrnCommerce you will be earning money whenever somebody buys a paid app from the app store.

Sovrn Commerce automatically monetizes all outbound links, allowing you to make a handsome income from them. I will share my Sovrn Commerce 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. Sovrn Commerce is an easy way to monetize these links.

It is also important to note that if you are already using affiliate links on your website, Sovrn Commerce does not change those links.

Setting up Sovrn Commerce is easy; all you need to do is add a line of code to your site source, and Sovrn Commerce will take care of the rest.

When I started using Sovrn Commerce, I had two major questions and concerns, so I contacted David Gorcey, a member of the Sovrn Commerce team, who answered my questions in detail.

Question: Sometimes, my Sovrn Commerce dashboard shows clicks, but I see no revenue (or vice-versa):

David: This is because merchants sometimes 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 takeaway 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 Sovrn Commerce:

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I’m not going to go into a lot more detail here, except to say that my experience with Sovrn Commerce 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.

At this time of updating this review of SovrnCommerce, they offer multiple payment options:

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Note: You can signup as an individual or as a company.

With regard to revenue split, Sovrn Commerce 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 that were previously non-monetized.

Let’s have a brief look at some of the pros and cons of the Sovrn Commerce program:

Pros:

  • It’s SEO friendly
  • Smart way to make money from website
  • Hassle-free set-up (offers plugin too)
  • Payment on time via multiple payment options
  • 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!

The closest competitor to Sovrn Commerce is Skimlinks, and we will look into Skimlinks in a future post.

There are many affiliate programs in which you can’t be a direct partner. For example, not everyone can be an affiliate partner with the Apple app store, but with Sovrn Commerce you can easily monetize all app store links with one link of code. Now, how about you are sharing a direct link to app store product on your fan page or Twitter stream, and that’s where this Sovrn Commerce link wrapper tool comes into the picture.

This affiliate link wrapper tool will let you create an affiliated link or you can also shorten your affiliated link with bit.ly directly. Here is a screenshot of how Sovrn Commerce link wrapper tool works:

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Personally, I feel this tool is very useful for a Blogger and internet marketers to add another monetization scheme to their blog. If you use any URL shortener to add a dime to your earnings, instead of that this affiliate link wrapper tool will boost your earnings.

You need to login to your Sovrn Commerce dashboard > Click on tools > Link Wrapper Tool and enter the URL for which you need to get an affiliated link. You can take advantage of this tool to find if any particular merchant is a part of the Sovrn commerce program or not.

I hope this Sovrn Commerce 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 it in the comments section below.

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

72 thoughts on “Sovrn Commerce Review: Make Money with Non-Monetized Blog Links”

  1. Sankalp Singh

    I am looking forward to knowing if it is still true that VigLink doesn’t override your own affiliate link. Because I see a lot of keywords being clicked on my website for the things with which I am already affiliated.

  2. Hi Harsh,

    Viglink is definitely a great way to add up some additional bucks. While it requires almost no effort to get started with it, it definitely brings in few extra sales that even count higher than traditional ads like infolinks at the end of the month.

    Thanks for the review cum guide, I hope it helps anyone not using it yet. 🙂

  3. Heard of Viglink for the first time today. Got an email inviting me to join. Just needed to know what I am getting into and your post has provided me with the most insightful information.

  4. I would love to use this but I can’t figure out where we are supposed to put the code in our template. I am not able to figure this out.

  5. Hi Harsh,
    Can I use vigilink amd infolink together as vigilink take care of affiliate links while infolinks ptovide ads?

    1. @Xavier
      Yes, you can as Viglink usually works on links & Infolinks will work only on words.
      If you have lot of money words, you should try Infolinks. If you link to lot of resources, websites, then you should use Viglink. However, you can use both & it should not be a problem. Do come back & let me know your experience.

  6. My Adsense account was banned and I’ve been researching alternatives. I applied for Media.net but my site was declined. They did not give a reason for the declination. I just signed up with Viglinks and was surprised that they accepted my site instantly. Do they verify the sites later on or something?

  7. I was able to insert viglink to my Blogger account, but am having difficulty inserting it to new google sites. Is viglink compatible with new google sites?

  8. 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.

  9. Thiranja Lakrandika

    Awesome, Thanks for this detailed review. I am new blogger and its been few months for my journey. Now I am making few bucks from infolinks and with my referral programs. (My blog is about ways to earn money online) And it has so many links which haven’t been monetized. Hope this will boost me. I have learned many things from your blog. Thanks man

  10. umm, i have been trying for viglink ads from a very long time but even if i choose a preferred merchant it says that URL can’t be affiliated. any help would be appreciated
    Thank You in advance

  11. Ayantika Maity

    Thanks for the article, I have decided now to use Viglink.
    I`m using amazon affiliate links . Can i use vigLinks also along with that? Won`t it be violating amazon terms and conditions?
    Plz.. reply soon.

  12. Nice Guide Harsh, You covered almost everything about Viglink. I am using Viglink on my Affiliate site, I am promoting 5 merchents on Viglink and I am getting 2% conversion rate.

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