It’s a good job to create a blog and receive a good amount of traffic. But, when it comes to monetization, not all the ways bring good results, especially with affiliate marketing and banner advertisements. Image ads need to be clean and placed in the right place without making the reader want to leave the site.
Affiliate marketing needs to be smart and used in the right blog posts. Both of these methods are good, but, there is a smart way to monetize a blog without banner ads. It only works when you have at least a few hundred visitors per day to your blog.
If you’re unhappy with your banner ads and their impact for your readers, then, a successful company called VigLink can turn your normal links into a real income. The links that you add that ‘re not monetized will be tuned into affiliate links when the visitors click on them.
You can select which links to monetize and which other to ignore. In other words, This is a smart way to turn your non monetized links into affiliate links. The good news is that big companies and brands are using this method to make money.
How to monetize a website without ads
VigLink is a smart affiliate network that works with thousands of companies and programs in different niches. They work with over 35,000 retailers and I’ve used the term “smart” because the system identifies the best ongoing links to monetize, and focus on top paying programs.
What makes this method profitable is that they negotiate with their thousands of retailers to get the maximum affiliate commissions. Then, they pay publishers 75%, and they keep the 25% of the rest earnings. The good thing here is that a publisher still getting paid for every sale made through the blog or website even without creating an account with these programs.
If you want to search for these 35,000 programs and create an account for each one of them, then, you need years to complete the job, and you will lose links. That’s why this network is smarter than the others and makes things easier and profitable for their publishers.
This algorithm detects the best products from each program or company. Blogger and publishers in general can easily forget the hard work to insert affiliate links and manage lots of programs and focus on creating content, the monetization works automatically there.
The program works with all the platforms, it supports WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, phpBB, vBulletin. If you have a blog or website but not from the above list, then you can easily generate the code from the dashboard and insert it on your site easily. For WordPress, they have a plugin that manages all the job.
Now, let’s see exactly how to monetize a website without spamming ads, Actually, there are 3 different monetization ways:
1. Link Convert
This is the easiest way to earn money with your existing links that are not monetized. It’s simple and most of the bloggers and webmasters in general are losing big revenue from outgoing links. If you’re linking to eBay.com, for example, then, the visitor will visit that website. But, what if he/she buy something from there? You just lost commissions from not monetized links.
So, VigLink will simply turn the eBay link into an affiliate link pointing to the same website. So, when visitors buy items from them, you earn commissions. This method works well for all the type of blogs, websites and forums and it’s easy use.
2. Link Insert
This method adds links to brand names and products. If you have a health tech blog, for example, and you’ve used the word “iPhone” in a post, then, that word will be converted into a link that points to the most profitable iPhone product page, and you earn a commission if the user buys a product.
Remember that the user can visit the page again after months, and the link cookies still there in the browser. So, you still earn commissions, even after months. That depends on the program cookies policy and guidelines.
3. Link Anywhere
This a powerful way to monetize your links posted on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and anywhere in the web. All you have to do is to convert your link that you want to post and it will be an affiliate link automatically.
If you want to post a tweet for example, to say that there is a new story about Apple, what you can do is to link the word “Apple” with this link anywhere.
So, you will earn a commission when you post these links and you generate sales. I highly recommend this monetization method for people with active social profiles, and lots of followers. You don’t have an idea about how many people trust links from well-known people. They can easily buy products if they trust you. The good thing is that you can also shorten the link.
Example: You’ve talked about the Apple’s homepage in a blog post, why not linking to the same page, but earning commissions also? So, turn the link into an affiliate link.
If you want to make the links short, check the “Shorten with Bit.ly” box and the link will look pretty.
If you’re using a specific product name and you’re not sure if it’s included in the affiliate program, you can just click “Tools” in the menu. Then, click” Merchant Explorer”, you can browse by category or find a name by searching for it directly.
Who uses VigLink?
Because of the smart way to monetize normal ongoing links and because they completely follow the Google webmaster guidelines, popular websites such as The Hufington Post, Nicoclub, PC World, and many other are using VigLink technology to make money. The good thing is that the monetized links will look pretty and clean, especially, for brands. The link looks like (Amazon.com) and not a long link like normal affiliate links.
Is this the same as In Text ads?
It’s completely different, the text ads pay a few cents and make the blog loads slowly. But, VigLink insert smart links without looking as ads and the visitors still see the same page that you’ve linked to it. At the same time, the WordPress plugin makes things optimized.
If you have a tech blog and you’re linking to brands and popular products, then, expect a good income without doing anything. Brands are trusted and the conversion is much easier for them.
What if you have actual affiliate links?
VigLink lets you forget your affiliate links and focus on not monetized links and words. However, you can re-affiliate your existing links with higher commissions if you want. Just click on “Manage” and then “Settings from your dashboard” menu, as the below screenshot:
Then, you can set the parameter that monetizes your links, you don’t have to save changes or click a button. Everything is saved automatically and in real-time. I recommend setting the links to be opened in a new window for the use’s experience. You can do that from the same page under “Advanced” tab. You can also set words or phrase that should not be linked.
Do you have experience with VigLink monetization?
Fathi Arfaoui: A Physicist, founder and owner of Trustiko.com. He shares Business, WordPress, Web Safety, and Blogging tips to build better websites and blogs. Thus, you will succeed online with the right marketing strategies and recommendations. Of course, you’ll find much more topics.