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. wayne

    Which affiliate network better for US coupon website? vig or skim ? also can we use any other network along with either of them?

  2. divyanshu gupta

    Hello Sir , I am a new blogger I want to know that how much did viglink pay on page views or it pays only when someone made a purchase through our links .?

  3. ISeenLab

    Awesome, I would like to try VigLink for my blog. hope It will make some extra money outof it. I already used Infolinks Intext advertising, it worthy. currently I am working on affiliate marketing to monetize my blog. Hope VigLink will give me positive result.

  4. Angelica Costa

    Amazing, I am about to try them. Do you know of any network that allow for the user to add their own links? I need to turn some keywords into affiliate links. I can find plugins that are plataform-especific but none as a standalone service.
    Can you suggest me one?

  5. deepa

    Viglink is good Affiliate Program when Google AdSense not Approved. Thanks for Sharing useful information about money making plan. Could you please advise other Affiliates program which is most AlterNet of AdSense program as AdSense Approval is difficult to new blog.

  6. MINHAJ UDDIN

    Hi Harsh,

    Great review on VigLink! Really i did not heard about it before. It seems we can make some thing good $$ from this program.

    Thanks for introducing us with VigLink! Keep it up.

    Happy blogging.

    MINHAJ UDDIN

  7. Adarsh

    I signed up for VigLink yesterday for my blog in blogger.But after putting the code also VigLink is not detecting it.

    Tried two methods:
    1.Adding code through layout-add a widget-html/javascript

    2.Directly added code to the template.

    But it didn’t work.

    Help me to install it properly please.

  8. Ashish Yadav

    Hey Harsh,

    VigLink sounds great. Meanwhile, I also read about Cuelinks on your blog. Which one is better in your opinion?

    1. Dipsankar Mukhejee

      Viglink not adsense approved and cuelink adsense approved .
      Viglink mainly customer from out side india and cuelink best for Indian Customar.
      If your website Traffic mainly from India us cuelink otherwise Viglink is good

  9. Vishwajeet Kumar

    Hi, Harsh, Thanks for this great review and insight. I had used viglink for my tech blog but not get any success with them. Their reports are not so detailed. However I get success with implementing Amazon and other affiliate programs like flipkart etc to my tech blog.

  10. SHIJIL

    This is really a great piece of information for a blogger like me.I’ll definitely try this method and i hope i can make some bucks using this.Thanks again Harsh.

  11. Mohammed Asif

    Viglink seems to be good i will try this one , thanks Harsh bro, you are awesome guy yaar..

  12. Santanu

    Finally I made some bucks with Viglink. The best part of viglink is we can find thousands of merchants at one place and no need ask for approval. But 1 worst part is, you have to work hard to find the coupons & offers, as Viglink don’t have such facility.

  13. Qweetle

    Will it work for low traffic, most importantly is it good for non US traffic? mostly indian. As most of the advertisement company target is US visitors.

  14. satish

    Hi,

    can we used both VigLink and Skimlinks in single website?

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Satish
      You can use it but I would suggest not, as many merchents would overlap & might create issues with tracking.

      1. satish

        Thanks for the reply but can you help me which one is good as I am running nutrition blog.

  15. Nikhil

    Hi Harsh,

    It is good to see one publisher’s friendly affiliate program. Currently, I am using Shareasale and it als has a great customer support. Recently, I had an issue with payment. So I contacted to ShareASale customer support. They cleared my each doubt about the payment method.

    I want to know about the products that you are promoting on your blog through the Vigilink.

    Thanks
    -Nikhil

  16. GAURAV kUMAR

    I have used viglink two years ago and didn’t end well for me. But after reading your review I am thinking to give it a try again. I hope this will work better for me.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Gaurav
      It would great when you have commerce keywords or link to E-commerce sites. If not, it is not of much use.

  17. Tarun

    Viglink seems to be good i will try this soon, thanks Harsh, you are Rocking!! man..

  18. Santosh Das

    I used VigLink LONG-LONG Back but it did not actually work for me. It needs HUGE traffic to generate descent income. I am sure people with huge traffic will surely benefit from it.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Santosh
      I believe Viglink works better even with low-traffic, as long as you are using commerce keywords & have outbound links to commerce or online stores.

      1. Kemely Gordon

        Very good to know. This is by far the best review. Informative. Thanks guys!

  19. Ryan Biddulph

    Excellent review Harsh. I signed up for Viglink a long time ago but never got going with it. I like the model. Nice and dynamic, with solid earning potential. Thanks for sharing the review 🙂

    Ryan

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Thanks @Ryan for your comment. Yah it is indeed a great network & moreover huge potential for bloggers to earn more from their blog.

  20. Emma

    VigLink did not work for me at all but this happened most probably because of my niche:( . I’m sure it would work great for the right niche.

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