Ever wondered if there was any way you can monetize your site while writing your normal blog post and creating outbound links naturally? If getting paid for just writing normal content is something that appeals to you, then you would want to know about this. Before giving you more details about this interesting new affiliate program, I would like to straight up inform you that this method of monetization is 100% backed by Google and Google Ventures actually participates in its funding, so no problem here.
A Revolutionary Monetization System That Works Behind The Scene
When you are normally writing a blog post, often times you will create outbound links to product, services or any other websites. Whenever you create such links, VigLink will automatically change those normal hyperlinks into affiliate links only when they are clicked, and you receive a commission for any purchases made.
How Does It Work?
After you embed the VigLink library on your page, it monitors when visitors click on a link pointing to a different site. The library checks to see if the URL of that link can be affiliated; if so, the link is automatically affiliated. These links work behind the scene, and your users experience is not hampered with any annoying double-underlines, pop-ups, etc. Hovering the links are completely clean as it only works after the user clicks on that link (really clever). In addition VigLink will not overwrite any of your existing affiliate links unless you opt to do so.
Confused? Here is an example:
Recently, I wrote a blog post about KPMRS, a website that tracks your rankings based on keywords you are targeting. That post obviously contained links to KPMRS website but were not affiliate links. If they had an affiliate program, I didn’t know or just didn’t care much about it, as I only recommended the free version. With VigLink enabled, it would have transformed those normal links to an affiliate link, if KPMRS has an affiliate program registered in their library. If someone registered for their paid service, then I would earn money. Cool!
How Does VigLink Make Their Money?
Signing up for VigLink is free of charge. However, every time you earn a commission VigLink takes a small fee from that commission and then passes on the rest to you. The actual revenue share is 75% for you and 25% for VigLink. Not bad, considering the job they are doing for you.
How Do You Get Paid?
The threshold for payments is $25 and you have to option to receive payment by check or via PayPal.
Too Good To Be True? Where the catch?
Aside from the 25% which they get to keep, at this moment the only thing I can think of is how accurate, ethical or reliable their program is. They do say that they won’t create links where none exist or that they won’t convert non-commerce links into affiliate links. This remains to be seen, but as I said, since this is backed by Google themselves, I have reason enough to believe that it is worth the try.
What do you think of this program? Do you think it is something you would be interested in? If you are, sign-up for a free VigLink account and let me know how it goes.