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.
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.
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.
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.
It is supported on the following platforms:
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.
VigLink pays you 75% of any affiliate income you earn, and they keep 25%, which I think is awesome! You receive a monthly paycheck via Paypal.
Here’s how to get started:
- 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!
- 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.
- Once you’ve activated the plugin, you will need to enter the API key which is available from your VigLink dashboard.
- Remember to provide your PayPal email address in the Account section of the VigLink dashboard.
- Start writing awesome and compelling content and linking to products and services around the web.
- Viglink automatically monetizes the link.
- 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).
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.
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!
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.
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!
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