A Blogger’s Guide to Success with VigLink

We’ve put together a post based on publisher education to empower you to begin earning. If you’re already up-and-running, you might discover a new merchant to link to, or setting to tweak, that will increase your bottom line!

Installation & Account Approval

Rest assured that setting up VigLink couldn’t be simpler. To get started:

  1. Copy your JavaScript snippet: http://publishers.viglink.com/install/
  2. Enjoy video tutorials for:
    1. Blogger
    2. WordPress
  3. Use our installation checker and other tools to confirm setup

Once you’ve installed VigLink, it’s time to get approved by our Network Quality team. See our blog post on tips for approval. As soon as your campaign’s approved, boom: your merchant links will start converting into affiliate links!

VigLink’s Core Products

So now that  you’ve cracked your knuckles, copied the VigLink JavaScript, and pasted it into your website’s template…what’s next?  The good news is VigLink starts working without additional effort on your part: you don’t need to retrieve and include affiliate links when you post, or go back and edit old posts to include affiliate links, if you’ve installed the JavaScript. Below you’ll find a rundown of our three main products—Convert, Insert, and Anywhere—to give you a clearer understanding of their capabilities.

  1. VigLink Convert takes your unaffiliated merchant links* and automatically affiliates them on the click. Did you write a post on your blog in 2008 linking out to 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz on Amazon? Don’t worry about it: VigLink Convert will see that Amazon link and turn it into an affiliate link. That’s it!
  2. VigLink Insert scans your site for common product terms or merchant mentions and adds an affiliate link. A user on your tech forum may have mentioned how much she loves her iPhone 6, but didn’t hyperlink the term. Your other users might be persuaded to buy an iPhone—and VigLink Insert wants to help you capture that purchase intent by automatically adding an affiliate link to a merchant selling iPhones.
  3. VigLink Anywhere is your solution if you can’t install the VigLink JavaScript to take advantage of Convert and Insert. Started a Facebook group dedicated to pet merchandise? Grab your PetSmart link to those travel-friendly pet bowls you love. Navigate to the Anywhere tab on your Dashboard > Create a Link and paste the URL into the box where it says “Enter a URL.” You’ll return a link wrapped in VigLink redirects. Now you have a portable link (and your readers can purchase some portable pet bowls!).

If you’re a visual learner, please enjoy this tutorial video that walks you through Convert, Insert, and Anywhere:

VigLink Products

*Note that this applies only to merchants covered by VigLink’s network, and merchants your campaign is approved to earn on. Tthe API key used in the example is VigLink’s default key. Make sure to use you’re own unique API key!

VigLink’s Dashboard

Aside from being a monetization tool, VigLink also provides you with important insights into your business.  As soon as you successfully install the JavaScript on your website, VigLink begins tracking analytics for your site that can be found in your Dashboard. In this post we’re going to walk you through how to best utilize this valuable tool, and, ultimately, increase your earnings.

  1. Evaluate Data For Custom Date Ranges:

The default date range in your dashboard is the last 30 days. However, this is easily customized by clicking on Custom Range and choosing a preset option or selecting a custom date range. To see the exact amount of revenue you earned for a given day, simply hover over the graph.

2. Easily Filter Data:

You can also filter the data in your dashboard by VigLink product (Convert, Insert, Anywhere). Furthermore, you can filter the data in your dashboard by campaign. Keep in mind that when you open your dashboard, it will automatically show you data aggregated from all campaigns and products!

3. Use Additional Tabs To Learn Even More:

Aside from just revenue, which is the default setting, you can click on the tabs “EPC”, “Affiliated Clicks” “Gross Sales” “CTR” and “Pageviews” for a breakdown of data sorted by these important metrics.

4. Download Graphs & Generate CSVs:

Once you’ve selected the filters you want, you can download a graph, print a chart, and/or generate a CSV.

To see a more in-depth explanation of the VigLink Dashboard and how to use it to your advantage, watch our tutorial video!

Dashboard Screenshot

Success Stories from Premium Publishers

Signed up for VigLink? Check. Installed the JavaScript? Check. Customized your settings and delved into your dashboard? Double check!

Set yourself up for even more success by taking a page or two from a few of our top publishers’ playbooks:

1. Set links to open in new tabs or windows:

CNET spends a lot of time crafting quality editorial content to help their readers be informed consumers. By setting their links to open in a new tab, their readers can easily return to the article—and are likelier to stay on the site and click through to additional products.

2. Group multiple merchant deals into a single post:

SHEfinds is brilliant at grouping together exciting, can’t-miss deals from popular merchants into a single post. In addition to highlighting discounts, SHEfinds arms readers with current coupon codes so that they are equipped with everything they need to splurge on the spot!

3. Cultivate a presence on social media:

Design Milk diligently monitors their social media handles, opting for 1-3 concise, compelling posts per day—which drives extra traffic to their site. Being highly engaged on social media has resulted in 1.32M followers on Twitter and 1.1M followers on Instagram!

Design Milk

ABOUT VIGLINK

ABOUT VIGLINK

By identifying commercial products mentioned within a publisher’s content, VigLink automatically invigorates those terms by transforming them into revenue generating hyperlinks whose destinations are determined in real-time, advertiser-bid auctions.