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Earning Money with Viglink

Updated on November 18, 2015

However, You Still Have Options

When you use Viglink on a site, you have the option of switching off the automatic linking components for Amazon and eBay. That means Viglink will stay away from your existing links leading out to these networks.

But it will still automatically insert other links, such as you if mention a specific product or the name of a specific retailer, such as Target or Wal-Mart.

You can also control how aggressive Viglink will be with inserting links, by choosing a "fewer links" option. Or, you can set it at maximum "full revenue" strength.

Links are Inserted Automatically

Some online writers work solely to create articles. They love to see their thoughts in print, and this, alone is their reward. Most of us, though, are trying to earn a living.

Fortunately, as the Internet continues to expand, there are more income opportunities than ever. The trick is finding the ones that work best.

Viglink is a relatively new enterprise that will automatically turn your outgoing links into potentially profitable ones. You can also use it to manage your Amazon and eBay links. Although you can also deal directly with these networks, not everyone can easily obtain an eBay affiliate account. With certain other revenue-share platforms, Viglink is the back door that lets you earn from eBay, once you are approved.

If you'd like to sell products from other major retailers, such as Walmart, Target and Home Depot, Viglink also has agreements with these merchants, as well as an additional 30,000 other ones.

Once you sign up with Viglink, you don't have to apply to each of these retailers separately. If your site is new and it has little traffic, your application could get rejected by these merchants. You can usually get around this problem with Viglink. (However, there are some notable exceptions you should be aware of. There is a separate Viglink approval process for Amazon and eBay.)

Walmart is a Viglink retailer.
Walmart is a Viglink retailer. | Source

How Viglink Works

All you do is add Viglink somewhere on your settings page, test it to make sure it's properly installed, and the linking happens automatically.

If you have a blog, or your own website, you'll need to insert a code somewhere. You'll also need to provide disclosures, in a visible place, that outgoing links are part of the Viglink affiliate program.

One very attractive feature is that Viglink can spot something in your text that can be turned into a money-making opportunity. The system isn't perfect, but it does work. Say, for instance, you mention a certain popular electronic product in your article. But you forget to include a link that directs readers to where it can be purchased. Viglink will often insert a text link for you.

Here is one incident I think is slightly comical. In one of my articles, I mentioned the Amazon River. Viglink quickly turned the word "Amazon" into a hyperlink. If someone clicks and orders something from the online retail giant, I'll get a commission.

However, to be certain a product link is affiliated, you'll probably want to add it yourself. It's also better to include a clickable image, or an affiliate text link, and this is something you must do manually.

Some people are also successfully using Viglink to monetize social media posts, although I've never done this. But one can only imagine the possibilities.

Your Experience with Viglink

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So, What's in it for Viglink?

Viglink manages your outgoing links, but also typically takes 25 percent of your earnings. However, some publishers believe this cut is well worth it because of the additional linkage opportunities, and the ability to work, indirectly, with a wider network of merchants. On one of the sites where I use Viglink, I managed to use the word "Amazon" (referring to the retailer) in a comment on one of the forums. Sure enough, within seconds, a hyperlink was created.

At one time, the commission earned on Amazon sales was a little higher than what you could earn independently. So, even with 75 percent of your regular commission, you still made more if you sold a relatively small number of items each month. However, I'm not sure this is still the case, because, as I understand it, the Viglink commission structure has recently changed.

If you sign up for Viglink, approval for Amazon is not automatic. Don't assume your Amazon links will automatically affiliate unless you check your account. To do this, go to your dashboard. Then click on the "tools" tab. You will then go to the Merchant Explorer page. Search to see if you are approved for Amazon. If you see a gray box that says "restricted," it means you are not approved.

Many online publishers use Viglink.
Many online publishers use Viglink. | Source
Installing VIglink can be frustrating.
Installing VIglink can be frustrating. | Source

My Earlier Frustration With Viglink

At one time, I had a love/hate relationship with Viglink. That's because I had a difficult time using it on one of my revenue-share platforms. I wasn't sure if it was working properly. I also wasn't sure I had correctly installed it on my blogs. I didn't know what to think of this network, so I removed it from these sites. Part of the problem was that I already had a lot of outgoing links, and it became confusing.

Then, it was announced that Viglink was available on Seekyt. I had very few articles, and no affiliate links yet on this newly redesigned platform. So this was the perfect opportunity to see if Viglink really worked.

The Seekyt site owner walked me through the steps, again and again. Finally, in my Viglink dashboard I saw a click, the first obvious evidence that Viglink, indeed, was taking care of my outbound links.

Perhaps the biggest drawback to using Viglink is that it can be a bit tricky to set up. You should test it to make sure it's working (instructions are available on your dashboard) and make sure the setting on each particular campaign is turned to "On."

Can You Use Viglink on Hub Pages?

Viglink cannot be used on Hub Pages. However, I don't consider this a drawback because it's important for online writers to diversify, as much as possible. At this point, I don't want to use any single system to consolidate my earnings, because it's too risky, as many unfortunate Squidoo writers found out when the site experienced a massive decline in traffic last year, a factor that undoubtedly led to the closing of the site. Some people were earning thousands of dollars a month there, so they suffered greatly.

I'm also not sure I'd want to use Viglink, or any one affiliate network, as my primary income stream, although many successful publishers do use it exclusively.

Skimlinks is another large network similar to Viglink. However, I have no personal experience with Skimlinks.

Who is the Brains Behind Viglink?

Viglink, based in San Francisco, was founded by a man named Oliver Roup. Although, as of early 2104, the company is only five years old, it now is being used on more than 5 billion individual Internet pages every month, according to Wikipedia.

The young company has also attracted some big-name investors, such as Google Ventures and First Round Capital.

Disclosure

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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  • pattyknap profile image

    pattyknap 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

    never heard of this! will check it out. thank you for info

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

    I have used it. PPC is more useful for small publishers, but it is difficult to find our which merchants from Viglink pay per click.

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Hi jainismus, it is difficult to find that out, I know. I'm only using Viglink on one site, but I like the fact I can choose from a wide variety of retailers, more than I could if I went out on my own.

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Hi patty, it's interesting, and you can use it on many different platforms.

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    FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

    ologsinquito - I like that you're providing information about other options for those who have blogs. I've pinned this onto my "Writers Rock" board. Sharing too.

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    Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Thanks for the useful information, ologsinquito. I 'm glad to have learned more about Vigilink. It sounds like a very useful program.

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Hi FlourishAnyway and AliciaC, thank you so much for reading. Viglink does work on sites where you can use it, if you decide to diversify. It is very useful.

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    Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

    This is new to me, I will have to go and check it out, it does sound like Vigilink is something to look into for my blogger page, thanks for the info, nell

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Hi Nell, it can work for a blog as well. You just have to make sure you disclose that you're an affiliate by putting a button on your blog.

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    Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

    I have not heard of this wonderful option. Thanks for the information and a sure win for those who need the marketing.

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    It is a good option. Diversification is a good thing.

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    Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

    One thing Viglinks is good for is if you set up an online forum. A forum is something you don't want to take the time to look for related products and install links. Viglinks works very well for that. Interesting article with many good points about this ad program. Enjoyed and voted up!

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Hi WriterFox, you are right. Viglink would lend itself very well to an online forum. Thanks for reading and voting up.

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    mochirajackson 3 years ago from Liverpool, United Kingdom

    I hadn't realised there were so many ways to monetize writing. I started doing it for fun but I guess it's a bonus to be rewarded financially too.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Mochira x

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Hi mochirajackson, it is definitely a bonus that you get paid as well. There are some people making a living with online writing and affiliate marketing.

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    Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

    This is pretty interesting to know about Viglink. As for Amazon associates, I've made two sales from my own blog (last October) and that's been it so far that had kept me alive, though I've gotten views and have added Adsense there to make some money earlier this year. Voted up!

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    ologsinquito 22 months ago from USA

    Hi Kristen, thanks so much for reading. Congratulations on your sales. I hope you see many more.

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    Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

    Thanks Ologsinquito. It's been a struggle. I've made 2 Amazon sales here this spring and zip for ebay. I appreciate your kindness.

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