Author Topic: Opinions on Viglink vs Skimlinks?  (Read 68 times)

ergophobe

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Opinions on Viglink vs Skimlinks?
« on: October 07, 2018, 03:44:32 AM »
Anyone using these?

I haven't really even tried to get affiliate commissions in a while. I was surprised to find out that my Linkshare/Rackuten, Commission Junction and Clickbank accounts are still active (and ShareASale just says I have to send an email to get activated).

But I see myself just dipping in a toe and want to do so with as little hassle as possible and I'm fine with the 25% that Skimlinks and Viglink take. Currently, I think I'll be lucky to meet the minimum payout threshold more than 1-2X per year... but just want to see.

A quick look and I see more merchants that I'm likely to want are in the Viglink system, but both have adequate coverage.

Have any of you used either or both? Any opinions?


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Re: Opinions on Viglink vs Skimlinks?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2018, 04:11:54 PM »
99 times out of 100 I would do what I could to work with the merchant rather than go through Skim and Vig. Many affiliate managers drop the payout on those two way down so if you would be getting a 10% commission working directly with the merchant they will only pay Skim/Vig 2% so you would be making a LOT less than if you worked directly.

That said both systems work. I would probably lean towards Skimlinks a bit??? Seems like we have had fewer issues with them than Viglink.

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Re: Opinions on Viglink vs Skimlinks?
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2018, 06:22:20 PM »
99 times out of 100 I would do what I could to work with the merchant rather than go through Skim and Vig.

The goal is to use Viglink or Skimlinks just as a way of measuring whether or not there are conversions to be had. If it turns out that there are, I have my old accounts which, surprisingly, seem to be in good standing (no sales since 2016 and by 2016 it was just a few, so I would have thought they would have been declared inactive and purged, but I can still log in and I still have "pending offers" so...).

I figure some (most? all?) of the merchants I'm looking at won't work out and they are split across networks, so I would probably lose the 25% by virtue of not hitting minimum payouts anyway. I was surprised when I checked me accounts that, even though I thought I removed all Clickbank links 4-5 years ago, last year Clickbank still had a sale, but didn't reach payout.

https://www.2-spyware.com/remove-viglink.html

And that site says
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VigLink is a legitimate advertising service that is used by many publishers and bloggers which allows them to monetize from in-text advertising. Unfortunately, adware[1] creators often abuse this

In any case, I don't plan to do any of the autolinking or any of that. Only specific curated links, like I would with a normal affiliate network or merchant.