Author Topic: Opinions on Viglink vs Skimlinks?  (Read 918 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.

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Re: Opinions on Viglink vs Skimlinks?
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2018, 08:49:49 PM »
Tried Skimlinks but the payout was poor and annoyed users. A simple Adsense block always paid out better and annoyed users less.

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Re: Opinions on Viglink vs Skimlinks?
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2018, 03:06:50 AM »
Thanks Brian.

What was it about Skimlinks that annoyed users?

FYI - my idea is no auto-linking nonsense. This is in response to people asking for recommendations. I thought, even though volume would be very low, I might as well get a few bucks with the least possible amount of effort. So this would be just curated links to specific products and specific retailers, but low enough volume at each retailer that I don't want to hassle with joining their individual aff programs.

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Re: Opinions on Viglink vs Skimlinks?
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2018, 10:22:04 AM »
What was it about Skimlinks that annoyed users?

When used in my communities, even with clear warning that Skimlinks was being used and what it would look like, members still thought they'd been hacked by malware.