VigLink Review: Best Way to Monetize Your Blog in Any Niche?
I've installed VigLink on my site for a couple of months and I did nothing to it. I just left it there.
In the beginning, I only managed to earn a few cents here and there so I wanted to give up on it and delete it from my site until I see this:
I couldn't believe my eyes when I receive this PayPal notification from VigLink!
So, VigLink works but it takes time and some luck 🙂
Read my full review below for more info...
Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways for bloggers, publishers, influencers or anyone who has an exposure online to make money. However, if you have some experience in affiliate marketing, you've probably experienced the following two problems:
- You couldn't be approved for some affiliate programs so you can't make money from those links.
- You've applied for many different affiliate programs all over the place and it's hard to manage all of them
In this VigLink Review, I'm going to show you how these problems can be solved with this innovative technology.
VigLink Review Summary
Product Name: VigLink (Click here to Join FREE)
Product Type: In-text Advertising/Affiliate Network
Founder: Founded by Oliver Roup in March 2009
Price: Completely FREE
Best for: Bloggers, Affiliate Marketers, Publishers, Website Owners, Merchants
Summary: VigLink is a very convenient tool for bloggers and affiliate marketers to make more money from their contents. It's also a good platform for merchants to advertise their affiliate programs & products to a larger audience. Basically, it's a free platform to connect marketers and merchants to create a win-win situation for both parties.
What is VigLink?
There are many ways to describe VigLink. Some say it's an in-text advertising network. Some say it's a hands-off affiliate marketing tool. Wikipedia describes it as an outbound-traffic monetization service. None of them are wrong.
Basically, VigLink is a tool to connect advertisers (bloggers, affiliate marketers, publishers, website owners) and merchants' affiliate programs to create a win-win situation for both parties.
It is similar to affiliate networks like ShareASale. However, VigLink can do a lot more than what normal affiliate networks can do.
I know this sounds vague. Let me explain...
How Does VigLink Work?
VigLink is working with more than 30,000 merchants so they have tons of affiliate programs in their database.
By signing up with them, their technology will automatically scan your website and help you insert suitable & profitable affiliate links into your contents.
This content can be anything, from a simple blog post to an informative guide to product review posts like this Manifestation Miracle review.
When your reader clicks through the link and make a purchase, you earn commission. If the links are Pay Per Click links, you make commission whenever somebody clicks on the link.
Watch VigLink in action in this short video below:
So basically, you'll have access to tons of affiliate programs just by signing up with VigLink. You don't have to apply for different affiliate programs individually.
What's more powerful is that VigLink will automatically help you hyperlink suitable keywords and link them to the best affiliate programs.
So, this creates a win-win situation for both marketers and merchants.
Here's the catch...
VigLink allows you to join them for FREE because they'll take 25% of all your commission and you'll get 75%. That makes sense, right?
In my opinion, this is still better than directly joining individual affiliate programs because firstly, you get access to a lot more affiliate programs all in one place. Secondly, VigLink can bargain for a higher commission rate sometimes because they have a large group of marketers.
Below are the 3 main tools VigLink has:
1. VigLink Convert
VigLink Convert will automatically help you convert any non-affiliated links on your site into affiliate links to maximize your profit.
This doesn't mean all the links you have will be turned into affiliate links. Their technology will scan your site and their affiliate program database to see which link has the potential to make money. Then they'll convert those potential links into affiliate links.
Rest assured that they won't touch your existing affiliate links.
2. VigLink Insert
VigLink Insert will scan your content for keywords that could be potentially profitable. They'll then hyperlink the keyword to the most profitable affiliate program they have from their database.
3. VigLink Anywhere
VigLink is not limited to just making money from your website. You can also use VigLink to make money on social media or Emails.
VigLink Anywhere is the tool for you to create custom merchant links for you to promote it anywhere, be it Facebook, Twitter or your Email list.
All you need to do is to copy the page URL you want to share into VigLink Anywhere and they'll build a custom VigLink for you to share and monetize.
Please watch this short video below to watch demonstration on how these tools work:
How to Make Money with VigLink?
I'm a Publisher...
By "publisher", I mean anyone who wants to make money online from affiliate programs. You can be a blogger, an affiliate marketer or a website owner.
All you need to do is to follow the Sign Up instructions below. But you need to have a website in order to be approved by VigLink.
Don't worry if you don't have a website yet. To help you get started, follow this guide on How to Create a Website for Newbies and I'll offer you 2 FREE websites. It's pretty easy to get started.
I'm a Merchant...
If you have something to sell online, you can leverage VigLink's 60,000+ advertisers to increase your sales.
If you have a company with an existing affiliate program, that will be even better.
To get started, go to VigLink's Merchant page and Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
VigLink Referral Program
Another way to make money with VigLink is to leverage their referral program.
After you've signed up with VigLink, you'll be provided with a custom VigLink URL which you can share it on social media or your website.
When people sign up with VigLink using your referral link, you'll earn 35% of VigLink's share from the referral for the entire first year.
You can also write VigLink reviews like this to gain referrals. Yes, there are referral links for VigLink in this review. If you are interested to try VigLink, I'll appreciate if you could use my link 🙂
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Pros & Cons
VigLink makes affiliate marketer's life a lot easier by combining all the affiliate programs together in one place.
You don't have to individually apply for each affiliate program. Neither do you have to manage them separately.
Another advantage of this feature is that it helps pool all commissions together so you'll get paid more frequently with no threshold amount.
The most unique feature of VigLink is their automation. They'll automatically convert your non-affiliated links into profitable affiliate links wherever appropriate. They'll also insert potentially profitable hyperlinks into suitable product keywords.
So, you'll not miss out any opportunities and you don't have to do it manually yourself.
3. Higher Commission Rate
VigLink has a large group of marketers (more than 60,000). So, they can bargain with merchants for a higher commission rate sometimes.
By joining affiliate programs via VigLink, you can potentially get a higher commission rate per sale.
(Note that VigLink will take a cut of 25% for every commission.)
4. Good Alternative for Amazon Associates
Firstly, VigLink works with more than 30,000 merchants so you can leverage VigLink to monetize things that Amazon doesn't sell.
Secondly, Amazon is not available everywhere. There are certain regions that Amazon does not support due to tax law issues. So, VigLink can be a good affiliate opportunity for advertisers who have no access to Amazon.
Definitely, this is good for those got rejected by Amazon as well.
5. A Lot More Affiliate Opportunities
Normally, whenever you want to be affiliated with certain products, you need to go through their application system and get approved before you can promote their products.
However, not all affiliate programs will accept you especially if you're still new to affiliate marketing.
Upon signing up with VigLink, you'll get access to tons of affiliate opportunities immediately.
6. Supports Multiple Platforms
VigLink can work with 6 different Content Management System (CMS):
VigLink has detailed instructions on how to install onto each of the CMS on their website once you're logged in.
7. Search Engine Friendly
Some of you might be concerned with your website's SEO when VigLink adds more affiliate links into your content.
Firstly, VigLink automatically adds "nofollow" to all the affiliate links so they won't pass PageRank to the products page. They'll also include disclosure for the links to adhere to the FTC.
Secondly, you shouldn't be worried about having affiliate links on your website if your main goal is to provide value to your readers.
In fact, there's common myth that Google hates affiliate links. Check out this post to learn how Google thinks about affiliate links.
8. Pay Out Monthly with No Minimum Threshold
This requires no further explanation.
VigLink is completely FREE to join. The only catch is that they'll take a 25% cut for all your affiliate commissions.
So, there's really nothing to lose with VigLink!
1. You Need a Developed & Quality Website
In order to be approved by VigLink, you need to have a decent website first. And if you want to take full advantage of VigLink, you need a developed and quality website with real traffic.
If you have a website with little traffic, you can be approved by VigLink but you may not be making money because you don't have enough potential customers.
2. It's Not As Easy As It Sounds
I know VigLink has made everything seems so simple and easy. To me it seems even "magical" at first when everything is automated.
However, after some research and trying, I found out that it's not that easy to make money as it sounds.
It doesn't mean you can start making money just by joining VigLink. You need some trial and errors in order to find the most profitable type of content to write.
It is possible to have lots of clicks but no revenue. Your niche is also another factor that can affect the effectiveness of VigLink on your site. So, this is definitely not an overnight success.
3. You Don't Have Control To Some of The Things
Firstly, you have no control on what hyperlink you want to insert into your content because VigLink will scan your content and insert it automatically.
Secondly, you have no control on your anchor text (the exact words that are being hyperlinked) as well because VigLink will do it automatically as well.
4. Limited Advertising Materials
Since you are not directly working with merchants (VigLink is the "middleman"), you'll not get their advertising materials such as banners, promotional emails, texts, etc.
This is something you will be missing on by leveraging VigLink.
However, the solution to this is that you can search for the particular merchant's advertising materials online if available. You can take those available materials without their permission because you're advertising for them.
5. Ad Blocker May Affect Automated Link Earning
Lastly, if your readers have Ad Blocker on their end, your automated links/Ads may not show up. So, your earnings may be affected by Ad Blockers.
How to Sign Up for VigLink?
- Go to VigLink
- Enter Your Email Address
- Check your VigLink Email in your inbox
- Click on the confirmation link
- Set up your account (password & contact information)
- Configure your campaign (Campaign name, type, category and CMS you use)
- Sign up complete
Next, you'll see a page like this:
There are 2 methods to this. Since majority of the people use WordPress, the demonstration below are using WordPress.
Other compatible Content Management Systems (CMS) include Blogger, phpBB, Tumblr, Typepad and vBulletin.
(1) Directly copy the code and paste it into your website
Here's how you do it for WordPress:
All you need to do is go to WordPress Dashboard, click Appearance > Editor and choose "Footer" or "Theme Footer at the right sidebar.
After that, copy the code given in your VigLink install page and paste it just before the </body> tag.
(2) Install VigLink Plugin
Here's how you do it for WordPress:
For WordPress Plugin, search for VigLink plugin in the add plugin page or download it here.
After you've installed and activated the plugin, you can find VigLink under "Settings" in your WP Dashboard.
The last step is to configure your VigLink API Key. So copy your API Key from your VigLink account to the settings page, click save and you're done!
After adding the code into your website, you just have to wait for them to approve you and give them some time to do the "magic" in the back end.
I would recommend you to use the first method as it allows you to have one less plugin to run on your site. The instructions in the video are easy-to-follow as well.
P.S. For more information on VigLink Installation, please refer to their Help Center.
Common Questions for VigLink
1. How Long Does The Affiliate Cookies Last?
Cookies last for anywhere between 1 to 60 days. It'll depend on the individual affiliate program's policy.
2. What is The Commission Rate?
Again, this will depend on the individual affiliate program. It is not decided by VigLink. But sometimes VigLink can get a better commission rate for its users as compared to people who apply for the affiliate program directly.
Check out VigLink's Merchants page for more information.
3. What's The Difference If I Work Directly With The Merchant?
If you enroll in affiliate programs by yourself, it'll be time-consuming to apply them and manage them.
VigLink offers you an opportunity to get access to tons of affiliate programs without spending a lot of time sending applications on your own and managing them all over the place.
4. What Happens To My Original Affiliate Links?
VigLink will not touch your original affiliate links or affiliate links that you add manually.
They will only convert non-affiliated links or add into more links into your contents.
5. Can I Use VigLink and Other Similar Services At The Same Time?
Yes, you can definitely use other similar services to maximize your earnings.
If you want, you can test the effectiveness of different tools on your site to see which one works the best for you.
6. How Does VigLink Make Money?
VigLink takes a cut of 25% for all commissions you make so you earn 75% from each commission.
If you have anymore questions, please leave a comment below or visit VigLink's Help Center.
VigLink is a great opportunity for bloggers and affiliate marketers to make more money from their contents.
However, it may not be profitable for every niche and website. It takes some trial and error.
On the other hand, VigLink is completely FREE to join and try. So, there's nothing to lose on your end.
I would recommend you to sign up for VigLink and give it a shot.
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P.S. Any website can be monetized by VigLink but the effectiveness and profitability really depends on your niche and your website's performance (i.e. traffic/visitors)
Some can perform really well while some only make a few cents.
But there's no harm in trying out. L&L Reviews is an example that can be monetized by VigLink.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below 🙂