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A Dead Easy Way to Earn On A Blogger Blog Without Ads

By Edited Jul 2, 2014 4 21

Using VigLink on a Blog

Recently another Infobarrel writer introduced me to a service that allows bloggers to make money without adding ads into their site or selling links and posts. This service is a "set it and forget it" program so the passive income aspect is very appealing.  

It is dead easy to implement too. You can be up and running in under 15 minutes, and that assumes you have no idea what you are doing with adding a snippet of code to your blog.

Viglink makes getting into affiliate marketing completely painless. No searching for affiliate programs, signing up and looking for affiliate links to insert, or even remembering to insert those money links.  Also, you don't need ugly long weird-looking affiliate links that readers avoid. Rather you can just put normal links in to your blog and Viglink takes care of the rest.

That covers new links, but Viglink goes much further - it goes back into all your old posts and affiliates links there too.  Optionally, you can allow Viglink to also create new links.  If you mentioned eBay or Amazon for example without actually linking out, Viglink will create an affiliate link to these sites automatically.  Future readers seeing the link may click and when they buy, you get paid.

How Does Viglink Make Money?

The site manages all the affiliate programs (over 17,000 to date) and collects the money from each program. They mostly do this through the major affiliate networks and the large e-commerce sites that run their own affiliate programs.  They also keep up with changes in affiliate programs that can cause your affiliate links to stop working. This can be a big job

Viglink scope means they get top-level payouts, often more than a small affiliate can earn with small volume.  The site pays you your share by Paypal or check.

For this service Viglink takes 25% of the earnings.  If you join Viglink through another blogger's link (like that one) that blogger gets 10% out of Viglink's share for a year.

How to Install Viglink on Blogger

  1. Open your blogger dashboard, log in, and click "Design".
  2. Under the design tab, make sure you're on the "Page Elements" page.
  3. Click the "Add a Gadget" link that's closest to the bottom of the page.
  4. From the gadget list, under "basics", select the HTML/JavaScript gadget.
  5. Copy the  provided VigLink code to your clipboard
  6. Back on Blogger's HTML/JavaScript gadget page, paste the VigLink code under "content". (Leave the title empty.) Click "save".

You're done and it took under a minute. You can use the installation checker to make sure VigLink is working on your blog. 

The service can also installed on other types of sites.  For WordPress there is a plugin that makes the install very simple.  Just search for the plugin by name from the plugin menu in the backend of your WordPress site.  You'll need to insert a code from the Viglink site once you have the plugin installed.

Disclosure

FCC rules require bloggers to disclose connections to advertisers. If you do not do this already, grab one of the buttons from the site and install it (a little piece of code).  As a bonus, anyone that joins the service by following the disclosure link gets credited as a referral from your site. You can find these badges on the FTC Disclosure link at the very bottom of the page once you have an account.

Is it Legit?

Unusually, the Viglink team proudly displays full names, photos, and short bios on the site.  They are clearly experienced and a review of forum posts and articles indicates the management is solid with a good reputation. 

The company has been featured in many major media outlets.  They have various venture capital backers including Google Ventures (the venture capital arm of Google Inc.)  Big sites like PC World and Mac World use the service.  Cloudfair is fully integrated.

The company actually started as a Harvard Business School business plan competition entry.

What Does Success Look Like?

The success of this program depends on two big factors:

1.  Traffic - without visitors to your site all the affiliated links in the world are not going to earn you anything.  Likewise ads with no visitors are pointless.  So you really need to be looking for ways to increase your traffic.

2.  Topic - what do you talk about?  If you are mentioning specific products, businesses, and online shopping portals like eBay and Amazon regularly there will be many more opportunities to create affiliate links.  If your blog is about your cat... not so much.   So the ability for Viglink to insert links is very contingent on your content form.  

Because of these two factors, it is impossible to predict how much you will earn from Viglink. However, the President of the company said in an interview that most sites make within 20% of what they make from Adsense.

What are the Alternatives?

Skimlinks is another similar offering, with some variations on their secondary products.  The core product of link insertion revenue sharing at Skimlinks is the same as Viglink.  It appears that the two products can be run together, though there is so much overlap on the major affiliate programs that this seems redundant.   

Selected WordPress plugins can replicate the part of finding places to link, but you are on your own to manage all the affiliate programs. 

Does this Work with Adsense/Chitika/InfoLinks/Other Advertising?

Absolutuly there is no conflict with any advertising program because Viglink is only modifying existing links and (optionally) introducing new links to the site. This takes up no real estate on the page and does not interfere with Adsense or Chitika so is completely within the TOS of these ad networks.  Remember that we are talking about automatically inserting the same kind of links that you already insert manually. 

The main link ad networks have been tested ok with the product.   

What Next?

You can explore Viglink by signing up free. It simply requires your email address and installation is easy as described above.  Before you install grab the little toolbar tool and use it to preview what your blog will look like after you install the code. 

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Comments

Dec 11, 2011 3:07pm
Tom_Carver
Viglink is completely new to me but you have presented the information very well. I will bookmark this and return to give it a go in the new year. Thank you.
Dec 12, 2011 10:46am
Deborah-Diane
This looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing. I will give it a try on my blog!
Dec 12, 2011 6:05pm
JadeDragon
Let me know how it works for you. I'm getting clicks registering already. Earnings take some time because the sales have to happen and report.
Dec 12, 2011 11:14am
mommymommymommy
This is very interesting. My 2012 goals are to create blogs and websites with no Adsense. I will have to give this a try next year!
Dec 12, 2011 6:04pm
JadeDragon
If you are not going to use adsense then you must use an affiliate system. Product focused content is going to work best with this service.
Dec 12, 2011 7:31pm
mommymommymommy
I plan on using several affiliates to which I belong. I want to expand my horizons and have a few ideas on how to do that. Thank you for the fresh information! I love learning from my fellow IB writers.
Dec 12, 2011 2:28pm
Ddraig
I like the look of this, but your article is the first I have heard of it. I will take careful consideration, and am extremely grateful for all your effort in providing us with this info JD.x
Dec 12, 2011 2:35pm
JadeDragon
I just found out about it from MomWhoWrites. Looked interesting so I researched the company. Definitely a legit operation with major venture capital backing. The found that most bloggers don't take advantage of affiliate marketing opportunities - we just link to stuff and give free traffic to ebay, amazon etc. So they designed a simple (to implement) solution. There is actually a ton of technology behind Viglink though designed to get the best earning link into the best spot.
Dec 12, 2011 3:51pm
RachelB
This looks really interesting, JadeDragon. Is it only applicable with Blogger blogs or can it be used with other types of blogs as well?

Thanks!

Rach
Dec 12, 2011 4:41pm
JadeDragon
It works great with other blogging platforms. When you sign up you'll see the links to all the big platforms. I installed it on a wordpress blog with no real issues (I need to make some small adjustments as it seems to be overwriting some of my existing affiliate links though I did not authorize that. I've got an easy work around though.
Dec 12, 2011 4:58pm
GoldSilverInvestor
Very interesting... I have a newb question... can this be implemented here at InfoBarrel and can you use both GoogleAdsense and Viglink together? Thanks
Dec 12, 2011 5:17pm
JadeDragon
Yes, there is no problem implementing Viglink and Adsense together on a site. One is a link building product while the other is an advertising product.

You can not use VigLink on Infobarrel because we do not control the code of the site - Admin does. We are guests here. VigLink is for any site/blog/forum etc you control.
Dec 12, 2011 7:28pm
LLWoodard
I found this information interesting and will consider implementing viglink when I have a blog that is product friendly.
Dec 14, 2011 3:37pm
JadeDragon
I implemented it on my passive income blog, not expecting much. However the program inserted affiliate links to big internet companies i do talk about like Amazon, ebay, Adobe. So even if I am not talking about an Adobe product to buy, a tracking cookie gets set when someone follows the link. If they happen to buy anything in the next day from Amazon (and have not gone through another affiliate link since) it's a payday. eBay pays by the click and commissions. So you might be writing about selling stuff on ebay and that creates an affiliated link.

VigLink works best in a product heavy blog but it still works in any blog.
Dec 13, 2011 9:12am
CapstoneTrends
This is great... I'm going to check it out as well!
Dec 21, 2011 2:08pm
LadyLane
The downside to this affiliate conglomerate is that they take a huge chunk of your affiliate sales. Leaving yout with less than 50 percent of what you would have made had you signed up the affiliate program directly. Read the fine print before signing up.
Dec 21, 2011 2:20pm
JadeDragon
They take 25% of sales and you plug into affiliate programs that you may not have even known about. I don't know Adobe had an affiliate program for example.
Apr 11, 2012 9:53am
vetochemicals
I just signed up Jade on my two blogger blogs. This is great for someone like me that doesn't have the time or knowledge to search affiliate companies, learn codes and all that jazz! Can't find a log in area now that the code was put on my site? If you want to take a look, it should be right though at radiantskinexpertadvice.com and nutrimeticsusa.blogspot.com thanks for the info, looking forward to new ways to earn.
Apr 12, 2012 11:00pm
JadeDragon
Other than seeing any new links you will not see a difference on your site. You can log in back at Viglink to see your clicks and earnings. Hope that answers your question?
Jan 7, 2013 5:00pm
genuine1
Are the links double underlined in green? I'm thinking of trying this on blogger myself. Thanks
Jan 9, 2013 12:22pm
JadeDragon
No, the double underlined links in green are a Kontera thing (IB uses these). Viglinks look just like links you insert yourself. good luck.
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