[Case Study] How To Easily Monetize Your Blog With Just One Plugin!

Introducing the VigLink Affiliate Program, which is Perfect for new Bloggers!

I get it! When you’re just starting out as a blogger, monetizing a blog can be challenging. No, scratch that. As a new blogger, monetizing your blog is a lot of hard work. And it can be very overwhelming.

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Where do you start? There are so many products, services and companies to promote, so many applications to make, so many forms to complete, and so many passwords to remember. And how do you keep a tab of them?

And can I be honest? Those income reports of bloggers who (against all the odds) somehow manage to make thousands of dollars in their first month blogging doesn’t help. Right ?

But what if there was an easier way?

Trust me. If there is an easier way, I will find it for **you**! That’s because here  at Astute Copy Blogging, one of our specialities is helping you monetize your message. For this reason we are constantly trying out new affiliate networks that sound promising. So, as you can imagine, I got really excited when I  heard about VigLink. It sounded really interesting, so I decided to try it out.

Affiliate Marketing

But first, let me provide some information on affiliate marketing, especially for new bloggers who may be reading this blog post.

Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. In affiliate marketing, we recommend products to our readers, and if they decide to buy the product using the unique affiliate URL we provide, then we get a referral income from the purchase. It is a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals. Simply put, you find a product you like, promote it to others and earn some of the profit for each sale that you make.

Introducing VigLink

Instead of signing up on different affiliate programs, inserting affiliate links manually, and having all kinds of ads blinking all over your blog, let me introduce you to VigLink. This is an awesome affiliate software which automatically places affiliate links on your blog from thousands of affiliate programs related to your niche, without ugly ads popping up everywhere. Trust me, some of those blog ads suck, and they make you look like an amateur blogger! Sorry!

How VigLink Works

VigLink is one of the best ways to monetize your blog. VigLink works by converting 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. Viglink tracking takes care of all of them!

As a blogger, depending on your niche, you’re linking to different products on many websites in your blog posts. But you don’t make any money when people buy or download those products. VigLink makes it super easy for you to monetize those links. For example, if you have a travel blog and you write about (and provide links to) holiday destinations, hotels, flights and travel apps, VigLink will automatically convert those outbound links into affiliate links. When you would normally make no money for such links, with Viglink you will be earning money whenever somebody books a hotel, flight or holiday from any of those sites.

VigLink automatically monetizes all outbound links, allowing you to make a fantastic income from them. VigLink does all this through Javascript, so it’s SEO friendly and I understand that it works with AdSense as well.

It is supported on the following platforms:

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

It is also important to note that if you are already using affiliate links on your website, VigLink does not change those links. Setting up VigLink is easy, and all you need to do is add a line of code to your site source, and VigLink will take care of the rest.

Getting Started

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go over here to sign up for an account. Enter your email address and you will receive an email. Click the link in the email to verify your account, and you’re nearly there! Registration is very easy and takes less than 1 hour!
  2. Next, you will need to install the plugin. You can click here to download the Viglink WordPress Plugin, which you then need to upload to your blog or website.
  3. Once you’ve activated the plugin, you will need to enter the API key which is available from your VigLink dashboard.
  4. Remember to provide your PayPal email address in the Account section of the VigLink dashboard.
  5. Start writing awesome and compelling content and linking to products and services around the web.
  6. Viglink automatically monetizes the link.
  7. Next, make sure you provide a Disclosure of Material Connection or you maybe breaking the law 🙁 Here’s mine (which you can find at the bottom of this post) that you can copy 🙂 : Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, but you don’t pay any more. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Here’s a short video clip which shows just how easy it is to install the VigLink Plugin:

What If You Don’t Want Another Plugin?

Kevin J Duncan once said that plugins are like potato chips. When you start out, you plan on only having one or two. Next thing you know the entire bag is gone. For WordPress users, what starts out as a handful of “essential” plugins soon turns into a baker’s dozen. Times three. Plus eleven. Plugins slow down your site. They break. They have to be updated over and over. Because of these challenges, some people are wary of installing more plugins. And quite rightly so! If this is you, VigLink has got you covered. You can install VigLink using the HTML code. Simply watch this video clip to see how to do it:

Good News: India And France Are Now On Board

As of April 2016, VigLink partnered with Effinity & vCommission. Consequently, Bloggers from France and India can now earn money through VigLink. This is fantastic because vCommission has a huge database of Indian affiliate programs including Amazon India, Flipkart, MakeMyTrip, Snapdeal, Paytm and PriceMinister (Rakuten).

How Payments Work

VigLink pays you 75% of any affiliate income you earn, and they keep 25%, which I think is awesome! VigLink offers payment via four options: (1) PayPal; (2) ACH (USA-based accounts); (3) Check (USA-based accounts); and (4) Wire (non-USA-based accounts).

To set up payment, VigLink requires the following information for the respective options:

  1. PayPal
    1. Registered PayPal email address
  2. ACH (USA-based accounts)
    1. Payment contact email address
    2. Bank account number
    3. Bank routing number
    4. Completed and signed W-9
  3. Check (USA-based accounts)
    1. Payment contact email address
    2. Bank account number
    3. Bank routing number
    4. Completed and signed W-9
  4. Wire (non-USA-based accounts)
    1. Payment contact email address
    2. Beneficiary bank account number
    3. Beneficiary bank account owner name
    4. Beneficiary bank account owner address
    5. Beneficiary bank ABA or SWIFT code
    6. Completed and signed W-8BEN

This information should be sent via email to [email protected] with “Payment Update” in the subject line.

Payment Threshold

VigLink pays once per month, generally 60 days after driving a sale (“net-60”). Payments are typically issued on one of the last five (5) business days of the month; however, this can extend to the first five (5) business days of the new month. For example, your earnings for June will be paid out by September 5. The payment thresholds for issuance are > $10 for PayPal and > $50 for ACH, check and wire. If your earnings do not exceed these thresholds, unpaid earnings will roll into each subsequent month’s earnings until they exceed the payment thresholds.

The 3 VigLink Products

VigLink has three main products – Convert, Insert, and Anywhere. Here’s a quick roundup of each one to give you a clearer understanding of their capabilities.

VigLink Convert

Convert takes your unaffiliated merchant links and automatically affiliates them on the click. Did you write a post on your blog in 2008 linking out to 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz on Amazon? Don’t worry about it: VigLink Convert will see that Amazon link and turn it into an affiliate link. It’s that simple!

VigLink Insert

Insert scans your site for common product terms or merchant mentions and adds an affiliate link. Say one of your readers leaves a comment on your article on your tech blog mentioning how much she loves her iPhone 6 but didn’t hyperlink the term. Your other readers might be persuaded to buy an iPhone—and VigLink Insert would help you capture that purchase intent by automatically adding an affiliate link to a merchant selling iPhones.

VigLink Anywhere

Anywhere is your solution if you can’t install the VigLink JavaScript to take advantage of Convert and Insert. You can also earn from links you post to Twitter, Facebook or even emailsJust build the URL with VigLink Anywhere  and share anywhere. Get paid when clicks turn into purchases. VigLink Anywhere allows you to create links to affiliate products and websites and earn money by posting the links on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and emails.

For instance, say you’ve started a Facebook group dedicated to pet merchandise. Grab your PetSmart link to those travel-friendly pet bowls you love and navigate to the Anywhere tab on your Dashboard > Create a Link and paste the URL into the box where it says “Enter a URL.” You’ll return a link wrapped in VigLink redirects. Now you have a portable link (and your readers can purchase some portable pet bowls!)

Here is a short video clip which explains how Anywhere works:

Over To You

Are you already providing valuable content that your readers love? Have you got people visiting your blog? Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could earn money from your written content without inserting any Banner ads?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to turn your blog posts into an automatic money making machine? One that makes money for you on autopilot! Here’s your opportunity. Sign up to VigLink today!

Question: How are you monetizing your blog? Click here to leave a comment and join the conversation.

Pedro is a professional blogger, coach, copywriter and list grow strategist. He is the founder and CEO of Astute Copy Blogging. He helps entrepreneurs build large email lists that they can mobilize and monetize so that they can live the life of their dreams. He is also a pastor, an award-winning author, and a recovering attorney! He makes his home in England with his wife and their two delightful daughters.

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106 thoughts on “[Case Study] How To Easily Monetize Your Blog With Just One Plugin!

  1. Wow, this sounds awesome. Just a quick little question – it will not work on a free WordPress.com site, will it?

    Thanks for the info. Really keen to give this a go when I have the right level of blog upgrade.

    • Hey Belinda,

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, VigLink is simply awesome 🙂 Unfortunately, I don’t think it can work on a free WordPress site because you can’t add non-built-in plugins to a WordPress.com site. Plus, no blogger initiated advertising for driving traffic to third party sites is allowed on wordpress.com hosted blogs. PPC is not allowed. Affiliate marketing banners and any and all advertising outside of WordAds at WordPress.com are not allowed.

      So you definitely need to upgrade to a self-hosted WordPress site to be able to use VigLink.

      If you need any help setting up your self-hosted WordPress site, check out this article: How To Set Up A Blog On WordPress In 15 Minutes Or Less [Step-By-Step Guide]

      Best regards,

      Pedro

    • Hi Victoria,

      That’s music to my ears 🙂 Let me have your thoughts when you’ve had the opportunity to read it.

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  2. Pedro,
    Good information…… I didn’t know that one plugin is enough for monetizing your blog.
    Thanks for sharing..

    • Hey EnN KaY,

      Now you know..lol 🙂 Although there are alternatives, most people find that VigLink is the only plugin they need to effectively monetize their blog content.

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  3. Very helpful information! My goal in Sept as a blogger was to begin monetizing. I wasn’t sure how to start but you gave me some ideas. Unfortunately I don’t add many links to my blog so I’m not sure this plugin would be beneficial to me but just in case, I’ll save your post 😉

    MsQueenRo.com

    • Hey MsGueenRo,

      Delighted you found the blog post helpful. The good thing about VigLink Convert is that if you mention any products in your blog post, even if you don’t have any links, it will convert those products to links!
      Good luck with your goal of monetizing in September.

      Best regards,
      Pedro

  4. Really great post! I’ve been struggling to find ways to monetize my blog, but didn’t like the aesthetic look of all the ads on my blog (I’m vain, what can I say lol!) I’m not sure if this plug in works with Wix, since you didn’t list it, but I’m certainly gonna check! Thanks for all the info. You’re the bomb!

    • Hi Kristi,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on the conversation. Totally agree with you that blog ads suck 🙂 Don’t think VigLink supports Wix. I will investigate and report back.

      Best regards,
      Pedro

    • Hi Felicia,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience. VigLink is awesome but I think with WordPress, it’s got to be selfhosted 🙁

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  5. Pedro this is fantastic! I’ve been a Viglink affiliate for a while now and had no idea of these options! Now I have a new challenge…to figure out how to implement this information!

    • Hey Serena,

      Delighted to see you here on Astute Copy Blogging. And really glad that you found the article useful 🙂
      Good luck with implementing this new information!

      Best regards,
      Pedro

    • Hi Shell,

      This is music to my ears!! I’m really delighted you found the article useful. Hopefully it can revolutionize the way you monetize your content. Let us know how you get on 🙂

      Best regards,

      Pedro

    • Hi Nitin,

      Affiliate marketing is a great way to monetize one’s blog. But as your influence and audience grows, you will need to consider coaching, consulting and selling courses (Product Launch type courses) all which can be very very profitable 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
      Best regards,

      Pedro

    • Hi Patrick,

      Thanks for stopping by! Glad you like VigLink enough to want to try it 🙂 Let us have some feedback once you’ve tried it!

      Best regards,

      Pedro

    • Hi Kyla,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience 🙂 VigLink are always working to add more platforms and right now, Blogger blogs are supported. Click here for information on how to install VigLink on Blogger.

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  6. Pedro,
    Wow! This sounds awesome, though… I’m not very good in linking anything I mention on my blog and this looks like it could help, but wouldn’t it “overhypertext” everything on my blog and make it ugly

    • Hi Diana,

      Thanks for stopping by and joining the conversation. And I really appreciate you sharing your concerns. I don’t think the VigLink links would overhypertext everything as you say. But I have reached out to VigLink and hopefully someone from VigLink customer support would join the conversation shortly and shed a bit more light.

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  7. Hi Pedro,

    Thank you so much. This is going to be a HUGE help to me. Can not wait to try it. And thank you for making it simple to understand. So many things are over my head right now as a new blogger and this was so refreshing to read!

    • Hey Ellen,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Glad you love the article, and super excited that you think VigLink will be a huge help to you 🙂
      Please let us know how you get on!

      Best regards,

      Pedro

    • Hey Elena,

      VigLink is pretty awesome. I’m delighted you want to try it out 🙂
      Let us know how you get on with it.

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  8. Wow! It sounds like a very helpful plugin to have. I’m learning something new about affiliate marketing every day. It would be interesting to see how VigLink compares to just using your affiliate links, say from Amazon. Is it intended for those who don’t have an affiliate account? Thank you, Pedro, for a great article!

    • Hi Tanya,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. The great thing about VigLink is that you don’t have to register with different affiliate programs. In relation to Amazon, VigLink simplifies things. Here’s what I mean. Normally, if you have visitors from different countries to your blog, then you need to register with Amazon Associates in different countries to be able to earn. But with VigLink you don’t need to that. For instance, on the Amazon Associates UK website you have the following information:

      “Will my Associates ID work in all countries? (e.g. can I use my Amazon.co.uk Associates ID in a US widget?)

      No. Your Associates ID will only earn you referral fees from sales in the same locale as your Associate ID. For example, to earn referral fees from an Amazon.co.uk widget, you must be a member of the UK Associates program and use that UK Associates ID in your UK widget. You must sign up to be a member of the Associates program in each Amazon locale for which you will be building widgets. Ready to join? The links to join the Associates program in each country is listed below:
      US: http://www.amazon.com/associates
      CA: http://www.amazon.ca/associates
      UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/associates
      DE: http://partnernet.amazon.de/gp/associates/join/main.html
      FR: http://partenaires.amazon.fr/gp/associates/join
      JP: http://www.amazon.co.jp/associates

      See what I mean?

      Also, with VigLink Insert, if you mention a product, they will insert an appropriate link for you. Hope this helps 🙂

      Best regards,

      Pedro

    • Hi Zesty,

      Thanks for stopping by. Really glad you found the post useful. Please keep us updated on your progress 🙂

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  9. Pedro,
    This is INCREDIBLE. Thanks for the info and for all the resources on how to use it. Thank you for taking the time to create this wealth of info for all of us. I can’t wait to check this out!

    • Hi Mal,

      Thanks for stopping by. Always a delight to see you here on Astute Copy Blogging 🙂 But Most of all, super excited that you found the article helpful.

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  10. Wow I’m super excited about VigLink. I’ve not heard about it till now. It really seems like the mother of all affiliate programs, since its service links you up with SO MANY programs all at once! Saves one the hassle of having to sign up with affiliate programs individually. Of course the downside is that the affiliate commission gets shared. But there are pros and cons to everything, VigLink definitely seems to have more pros than cons!

    • Hey,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and experience. Delighted you found the post useful. Love your take on it, and your phrase, “mother of all affiliate programs” is simply awesome 🙂

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  11. It sounds like an easy way to monetize without blasting your intentions to the world… So many choices, not enough time. I’ll keep this in mind for future reference. 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      VigLink is a very easy way to monetize your blog content, without displaying any of those ugly ads!

      Best regards,

      Pedro

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      It’s a very easy way to monetize your blog posts! Delighted to see that you love enough to give it a try.

      Best regards,

      Pedro

    • Hey Olayinka,

      Glad you found the post useful, and delighted you love our posts. Please share the love by spreading the word 🙂

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  12. Hey Pedro,

    Really good post. This is something I’m willing to check out for one of my other side sites because I’m looking for ways to monetize those. And sometimes ads are as appealing (visually).

    Thanks for this.

    – Andrew

    • Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for stopping by and adding your thoughts and perspective to our conversation. Delighted you will to check out VigLink. Let’s know how you get on.

      Always a delight to see you here on Astute Copy Blogging 🙂

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  13. Awesome info!

    I signed up some months ago but didn’t complete my registration. I followed your instructions, and now I’m 100% in. The “Anywhere” feature should come in handy.

    Thanks for posting this.

    • Hi Oscar,

      Glad you found the article useful. Super impressed that you were able to revisit your VigLink registration and complete it because of the blog post 🙂
      Le us know how you get on.

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  14. This sounds awesome! Of course, as a new blogger, I’m completely overwhelmed with all there is to do and set up and arrange. But I’m definitely storing this to look into. Thanks for being so thorough!!

    • Hi Tanya,

      Thank you for visiting us here at Astute Copy Blogging. Delighted you stopped by and super excited you found the post helpful! And thanks for your kind words 🙂

      Best regards,

      Pedro

    • Hey Kaydey,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Delighted you found the post useful. And thanks for the kind words 🙂

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  15. Hi Pedro,

    This is a very Helpful Article for me because at this time I’m also working on Affiliate Marketing! And in this Article you covered some really Good Points about Affiliate Marketing 🙂

    • Hi Rikki,

      Thanks for stopping by. Delighted you found the post useful. Good luck with your affiliate marketing 🙂

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  16. Hello Pedro,

    Knowing for the first time that one plugin will get you the blog monetizing done. I am very keen to use this plugin for my blog and want to see the results. Thanks Pedro for the information. I will surely come back if I have any doubts about the plugin. I hope you will help out 🙂

    • Hey Zakash,

      Really good to see you here on Astute Copy Blogging. Delighted you want to try VigLink, and please do come back if you want any help or to share your success. Would be delighted to help in anyway I can 🙂

      Good luck with your blog monetization.

      Best regards,

      Pedro

  17. Hi Pedro,

    As always an interesting read. I agree with your points as I have personally tried this & I appreciate your efforts that you have selected this topic to write an article.

    By the way, It’s always pleasure to read your posts and comment.

    ~ Donna

    • Hi Donna,

      Thanks for stopping. Its always a delight to see you here on Astute Copy Blogging 🙂 What an honor!
      And thank you for your very kind words. They mean a lot!

      Best regards,

      Pedro

    • Hi Emenike,

      Thanks for stopping by and joining our conversation. Delighted you love it.

      In relation to your question, VigLink pays their publishers once per month, generally 60 days after driving a sale (“net-60”). Payments are typically issued on one of the last five (5) business days of the month; however, this can extend to the first five (5) business days of the new month. For example, your earnings for June will be paid out by September 5.

      The payment thresholds for issuance are > $10 for PayPal and > $50 for ACH, check and wire. If your earnings do not exceed these thresholds, unpaid earnings will roll into each subsequent month’s earnings until they exceed the payment thresholds.

      Hope that helps 🙂

      Best regards,

      Pedro
      PS – I have updated the post with this information. So thank you for raising it 🙂