VigLink Review: Best Way to Monetize Your Blog in Any Niche?
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VigLink Review: Best Way to Monetize Your Blog in Any Niche?

Update!!

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:

viglink income proof

VigLink Commission

I couldn't believe my eyes when I receive this PayPal notification from VigLink!

So, VigLink works but it takes time and some luck πŸ™‚

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:

  1. You couldn't be approved for some affiliate programs so you can't make money from those links.
  2. 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

viglink logo

VigLink Logo

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.

Rating: 87/100

Recommended: Yes

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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 merchants@viglink.com

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 πŸ™‚

4 figure monthly passive income
Jerry Huang, Founder of Smart Affiliate Success

I'm Jerry!

I Created My Own 4-Figure Monthly Passive Income at just 21 Years Old!​

Pros & Cons

The Good

1. Simplicity

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.

2. Automation

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):

  • Blogger
  • phpBB
  • Tumblr
  • Typepad
  • vBulletin
  • WordPress

VigLink has detailed instructions on how to install onto each of the CMS on their website once you're logged in.

viglink's supported platforms

CMS that support VigLink

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.

9. FREE

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!


The Bad

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?

  1. Go to VigLink
  2. Enter Your Email Address
  3. Check your VigLink Email in your inbox
  4. Click on the confirmation link
  5. Set up your account (password & contact information)
  6. Configure your campaign (Campaign name, type, category and CMS you use)
  7. Sign up complete

Next, you'll see a page like this:

viglink install page

VigLink Install Page

This is their install page where you'll need to copy & paste their JavaScript code into your pages so that VigLink can work on your site.

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.

Other similar tools include Infolinks and Skimlinks. Check out 5 Best In-text Advertising Programs for Bloggers.

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.

Conclusion

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.

How I Make a Living Online...

I've personally created a 4-Figure Monthly Passive Income Stream and become financially independent at just 21 years old without any College degree or working experience!

Through my own hard work, I went from a broke restaurant waiter to living my dream laptop lifestyle in less than a year's time...


If you want to discover the secrets of how I did it at such a young age, click here!

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 πŸ™‚

Jerry Huang
 

Jerry is a young aspiring Internet Entrepreneur who started his online business at the age of 18. He is currently a Full-time Affiliate Marketer at Wealthy Affiliate, a community to help anyone start their own online business without prior experience. He actually achieved Financial Independence at the young age of 21. Read more about his story here!

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papa johns coupon code - July 9, 2019

Thanks for sharing this amazing article, it is very informative post good work keep it up.

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Ajay kumar Maheshbhai Jayswal - March 9, 2019

how i can get Top Product data in json formate?

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    Jerry Huang - March 11, 2019

    Sorry I don’t understand what you’re talking about. Can you contact VigLink support for technical issues?

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Bill - February 14, 2019

Hi Jerry,

How long would you say it took for you to begin seeing revenue show up on your dashboard on viglink? I see that the “clicks” update once per day, but with as many clicks as I have (2,000) there have to be more than 3 sales. Also, have you used the viglink anywhere feature where you can just create custom URLs? I’m currently only using that. I’m starting to get worried that after 5 days now some of the money I put into marketing is being lost because there aren’t sufficient affiliate sales. It’s important to note that the viglink website is horrible. It’s horribly set up and clunky to navigate. It has tons of incomplete data to fully understand what the commission payouts are, and so many of the sites in the merchant database you aren’t able to work with. They have the dreaded red X. I have also not been able to see where they state that they take 25% of your commissions. Can you link to that on their site?

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    Jerry Huang - March 11, 2019

    Hi Bill,

    My suggestion is that don’t focus your marketing campaign to monetize from VigLink as it’s supposed to be secondary monetization method.

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Ellis Winter - August 21, 2018

I don’t quite understand Viglink as of yet. Can I use any website in the UK? I’ve tried linking websites from the URL builder but it says it hasn’t got any clicks on my Viglink dashboard?

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    Jerry Huang - August 21, 2018

    Has your site been successfully connected with VigLink?

    If yes, it will take some time for you to see clicks coming in. One more factor affecting the number of clicks is the amount of traffic coming to your site. If your site is not getting a lot of traffic, it’s normal that you’re not getting much clicks on your VigLink links.

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      Ellis Winter - August 21, 2018

      I think I’ve set it up properly? Can you let me know what I needed to do for it to be complete?
      How many clicks would I need for it to come up on my dashboard? And how long does it take?

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        Jerry Huang - August 21, 2018

        You can check your installation here: https://publishers.viglink.com/publisher/install
        viglink installation

        It will show up when you receive any clicks. But in order to get clicks, like I’ve said, you need to first have traffic coming to your site.

        How much traffic are you getting per day?

        If you are serious about building a website and monetizing it, please check this out!

        Join Wealthy Affiliate and I can guide you on traffic generation.

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          Ellis Winter - August 21, 2018

          Do I need to put the code on my website or in the links from each website that I want to link to my page? I don’t know how to insert the code either.

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          Jerry Huang - August 22, 2018

          I’ve told you. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS CLOSELY HERE: https://publishers.viglink.com/publisher/install

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          Ellis Winter - August 21, 2018

          Can I insert the viglink code to my page on Facebook?

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          Jerry Huang - August 22, 2018

          Don’t think so.

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Ellis Winter - August 19, 2018

Can I use any website on the internet on Viglink?

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    Jerry Huang - August 20, 2018

    Yes you can. Just sign up for VigLink and follow the instructions. It’s Free anyway so there’s nothing to lose.

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Richard - June 29, 2018

Does anyone know if you can attach Viglink code to an image on your website… say a brands logo?

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    Jerry Huang - June 30, 2018

    VigLink will not automatically help you link your image. It can only identify texts that are relevant and insert the link.

    But you can manually insert VigLink’s referral link to any image.

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T Bird - June 14, 2018

I appreciate the review. However, I have used Viglinks for over two months.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I posted a link to Amazon. It got 60 clicks in a day. Viglinks only converted about 5 of them. This has happened repeatedly all over the site with hundreds of links

I tried contacting the Help team. Over a two week course, I sent 5 requests. They only responded to one and did nothing about the problem, resulting in major loss of profit for me that I could have gotten with another service.

Very disappointed, and I’d like to warn other bloggers about this so they don’t have the same issues, especially if they’re full time and relying on this service for a portion of their income.

It’s a MAJOR risk.

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    Jerry Huang - June 16, 2018

    I’m sorry to hear your poor experience with VigLink πŸ™

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Muhammad Tabish - May 9, 2018

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

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    Jerry Huang - May 10, 2018

    Hmm.. I don’t really understand what do you mean by “best network that allows users to add their own link”. As affiliate marketer, you ca just apply for affiliate programs and add your own links. So could you elaborate on your question? Thanks.

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Chrissie - April 5, 2018

Hi Jerry
This is a great article about Viglink! You make it all really clear and explain much that I did not understand about it.
I think that I will give it a go.

Will Viglink work in the UK as well as the US, as I would like to market to both countries.And could it send the right link to each country?
Many thanks
Chrissie πŸ™‚

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    Jerry Huang - April 5, 2018

    Hi Chrissie,

    I’m glad you found my VigLink review helpful. I believe it will work just fine as I’m using it in Singapore. I’m not in the US as well.

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Qais Azmat - January 18, 2018

Hi Jerry,
Thanks for providing worth information about VigLink:) Is it possible that I can work with VigLink at Pakistan?

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    Jerry Huang - January 18, 2018

    Hi Qais,
    Thanks for checking out my review on VigLink and Yes you can definitely work with VigLink from Pakistan.
    viglink pakistan merchants
    As you can see in the screenshot above, there are merchants working with VigLink that are available for people in Pakistan πŸ™‚

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Dallas McCalister - January 18, 2018

Hello Jerry,

Excellent review on what sounds like a very good product for the affiliate marketer.

I was wondering how easy it might be to retreat from VigLink once you have been approved and are well underway with them.

Some programs sound really great at first but once hooked up – they are next to impossible to get out from under.

Thanks again Jerry – all the best!

Dallas

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    Jerry Huang - January 18, 2018

    Hello Dallas,
    That’s a really good question. Basically, it is as easy to retreat from VigLink as it is to apply for it. If you want to stop using VigLink, simply remove the code pasted on your website and they’ll not be able to continue browsing and tracking the links on your website. Simple as that.

    I hope this answers your question and once again thank you for you great question!

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Nathan - January 18, 2018

Thanks for the great info. I stumbled across VigLink and was curious about it. After reading your review, I think I’m going to give it a try and see what happens. I didn’t see anywhere in your article whether you use VigLink. Have you tried it and found success with it?

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    Jerry Huang - January 18, 2018

    Hey Nathan,
    For the purpose of writing this review, I did try out VigLink on my sites. Although I didn’t put a lot of efforts in making it work, it does generate some income for me. So, I’m guessing if I put more effort in optimizing it, it’ll be a good income source. However, the effectiveness of VigLink will still depend on how you use it, what’s your website about and how well your website performs. So, I wish you all the best πŸ™‚

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Norman Richards - December 10, 2017

First time I have heard of this system and It sounds pretty amazing. It sure does take the hassle out of working so hard and it seems user-friendly. I may just give this system a try. Thanks again.

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    Jerry Huang - December 10, 2017

    You’re welcome Norman! Give it a shot and see if it works for you πŸ™‚ Nothing to lose on your end anyway.

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GiuliaB - December 10, 2017

Jerry, I have worked with other affiliate marketing network platforms before, and they worked relatively well. But the problem I have encountered often enough is the fact that payout terms are up to 365 days with some programs – yes, you read it right, up to a year! I’m so sorry, but I think you’ve just sold me to VigLink. It’s free and therefore I have nothing to lose. And if it offers higher commissions than the low pay Amazon, well then I’m your girl!

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    Jerry Huang - December 10, 2017

    Hey Giulia,
    I didn’t know there are programs with payout terms up to a year. That sounds crazy!
    I’m happy that you’re giving VigLink a shot since there’s nothing to lose on your end, right πŸ™‚

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jon prusheik - December 9, 2017

Wow Jerry!

What a helpful post this was for another affiliate marketer to find. I need something like this in my business and marketing.

I appreciate the time you put into this post and it really seems like you care about your followers. Very detailed post with accuracy. I recommend this read to anyone.

Best wishes
Jon

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    Jerry Huang - December 9, 2017

    Hi Jon,
    I’m glad that you find this helpful. Thanks for the recommendation. I wish you great success with VigLink πŸ™‚

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olina - December 9, 2017

This is a superb information about VigLink and sounds more interesting than the well known Amazon. I will definitely learn more about this opportunity and follow your recommendation. Great and informative videos as well.
Thank you for sharing.

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    Jerry Huang - December 9, 2017

    Hey Olina,
    Thanks for reading and glad you find this helpful. Wish you the best of luck πŸ™‚

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Merry - December 9, 2017

Thanks, Jerry. This was so enlightening. I have never heard of Viglink. It sounds very similar to ShareASale and Rakuten. Would I be wrong in assuming this? Either way, it looks really interesting and worth having a look.

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    Jerry Huang - December 9, 2017

    Hi Merry,
    Yes it is similar to ShareASale and Rakuten. The difference is that VigLink will help scan your content and automatically convert and insert affiliate links. That’s why it’s called an in-text advertising network instead of just a normal affiliate network.

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Jay - December 9, 2017

Wow Jerry!
I am glad I took the time and had a chance to read your post on VigLink. I am one of those automation kind of people, and at first it sounded like all you had to do is to join with a decent website, and you automatically start making money.

The review and write up you provided opened my eyes to the other aspects of this service that weren’t really obvious, and that makes a difference. I may still consider it, but now that I can see, I will go a bit slower and plan my use of it with more care. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated.

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    Jerry Huang - December 9, 2017

    Hey Jay,
    Glad that you find this helpful. You can just sign up with VigLink and test it out on your site to see how it goes. You definitely won’t hit the jackpot at one go but I believe with some trial and error, you’ll find out the most effective way to work with VigLink.

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Melani Lukito - December 8, 2017

Wow, this sounds great. Especially because I have no Amazon affiliate link. Will VigLink accept me if I have added Media.net advertisements on my website?

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    Jerry Huang - December 9, 2017

    Hi Melani,
    VigLink is a very good alternative for Amazon. And yes, they will accept you even if you are also using similar services because their intention is to maximize your profit. They won’t restrict you from using other tools.

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