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Monetize your traffic with VigLink

IPS is always looking for ways to assist our clients in monetization and promotion of their community traffic. After we saw so many clients successfully using VigLink on their community we decided to bundle it directly in the AdminCP under the Community Enhancements section. Since then many clients have reported success in using their service. Many clients have also since looked into other monetization options and have started to really grow.

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VigLink is a content monetization service used by tens of thousands of publishers. While most monetization services focus on the traffic you receive - usually by displaying ads that distract and interrupt - VigLink is focused on the traffic that’s already [i]leaving[/i] your community. Here’s how it works: Often your communities will post links to retail sites like eBay or Amazon. With VigLink, clicks on these links are automatically monetized. There’s no change to the user experience. It’s simple: when a user clicks and purchases something, you earn a commission. Through their relationships with over

30,000 merchants

, including over 90% of the top 500 affiliating retailers on the web, VigLink automatically monetizes more links than any relevant competitor. Because of their size and success they have negotiated spectacular commissions with some of the top merchants. If you or your community already posts affiliate links or uses any other form of monetization, VigLink will not interfere.



To further increase your revenue, VigLink also offers Link Insertion, a technology that can automatically create links when brands, products, and stores are mentioned. These links are normal, everyday links, except for the fact that they can earn you money. For example, if a user posts about a camera they are thinking of buying, VigLink can detect the product mentioned and link it to a retailer that pays top commissions. Typically, publishers get more than half of their earnings from this technology.



There are others who try to offer similar technologies, however we have selected to integrate with VigLink because of their superior technology, performance, and customer service, especially among discussion-based communities. The largest network of its kind, VigLink processes billions of page views and over three hundred million clicks every month.



If you want to give it a try simply visit your AdminCP and click Community Enhancements to turn VigLink on and start earning. IPS does benefit from this relationship however we do not take any of your commission of course.
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VigLink is one of the most annoying advertising methods around and turns most visitors off quicker than a power cut.   Advertising is best implemented using Google Adsense, and ads like Large Rectangles (336x280) or Leaderboard ads (728x90) ... and the key to successful ad placement is making things random.   If IPB want to floor the competition with an advertising campaign built in to IPBoard and all the associated apps, make space available in the ACP for about 5 or 6 different formats of ads, and have them randomly displayed to selected user groups in different places on the pages on refresh (max 3 ads and 3 link units).   Wrapping content around the ads will also prove highly successful for the ad campaign.

 

Achieve that, and some opimisation and you, sir, will have people fighting over each other to buy IPB

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If IPB want to floor the competition with an advertising campaign built in to IPBoard and all the associated apps, make space available in the ACP for about 5 or 6 different formats of ads, and have them randomly displayed to selected user groups in different places on the pages on refresh (max 3 ads and 3 link units).   Wrapping content around the ads will also prove highly successful for the ad campaign.
 
Achieve that, and some opimisation and you, sir, will have people fighting over each other to buy IPB


Functionality near this is included in IP.Nexus.

Of course, good luck making the $75 + $70/year investment back on ads...
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Functionality near this is included in IP.Nexus.

Of course, good luck making the $75 + $70/year investment back on ads...

Nexus isn't designed to be an advertising system with other stuff built in to it.  It's a multi-use product.  Advertising, store, support, hosting, etc.  So your criticism of the product/price is very misleading.

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Lot of misinformation being posted! I have been running it now for a couple months. First is is much less intrusive then standard ads, and to date, I have had only two users ask about it. Viglink does provide an opt out feature so they were happy.  

Pay out is way better than the online ads guys for a low to medium traffic site. I getting near 10 fold the payout over bidadvertiser banner ads. Getting on adsense is very difficult, especially for a low to medium traffic site. I know first hand, and have tried multiple times. And my Viglink revenue is growing. 

 

Nexus is a godsend for a small site like mine, and a hugh value at the price. I now have a full featured store where I sell used parts, banner and classified ads. It manages my direct sold banner ads while still allowing external ad suppliers like adsense or bidadvertiser. I gives people an easy way to make site donations, and I have fully integrated credit card and paypal payment processing.  All looks very professions and very legit. Lastly the integration with FedEx shipping is awesome. Buyers enters his shipping address and rate is calculated, shipping label created and invoice emailed all fully automatic with no admin intervention. Well worth the price of admission. I'm planning on offering blogs to my user community as a subscription option and again Nexus will handle that transaction including activation, billing and subscription management automatically. I also use it with my third party classifieds package for it does the billing on those.  Lastly I use it's customer support feature for addressing support issues the community has instead on having them post the on my forums.  That is a lot of value for the license fee! 

Just set it up and go. Site is p15-d24.com. 

 

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Lot of misinformation being posted! I have been running it now for a couple months. First is is much less intrusive then standard ads, and to date, I have had only two users ask about it. Viglink does provide an opt out feature so they were happy.  

 

You've been using Viglink now for a couple of months, and you claim there is a lot of "misinformation" here?.   Honestly, after only a couple of months you ain't even touching the surface of advertising and it's pitfalls ... adsense is, and always has been, the most profitable advertising network out there and whilst it would be foolish to try and rely on one advertising network alone, adsense is the one most people want to keep, yet many loose because their accounts were "mysteriously" banned "without reason".

 

Strange, I've had my adsense account for over 5 years and I've never been banned .. then again, I've never clicked my own ads, and if I did accidentally, I always emailed adsense to tell them - probably one of the reasons I don't have to rely on Viglink and it's pop-up advertising  :smile:

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You've been using Viglink now for a couple of months, and you claim there is a lot of "misinformation" here?.   Honestly, after only a couple of months you ain't even touching the surface of advertising and it's pitfalls ... adsense is, and always has been, the most profitable advertising network out there and whilst it would be foolish to try and rely on one advertising network alone, adsense is the one most people want to keep, yet many loose because their accounts were "mysteriously" banned "without reason".

 

Strange, I've had my adsense account for over 5 years and I've never been banned .. then again, I've never clicked my own ads, and if I did accidentally, I always emailed adsense to tell them - probably one of the reasons I don't have to rely on Viglink and it's pop-up advertising  :smile:

 

I had adsense on a site I owned about 5 years ago.  I was "mysteriously" banned "without reason".  Well, the reason was suspicious clicking on ads, but it certainly wasn't on my part.  This is not an uncommon story, but I digress - it has little to do with the conversation at hand. :)  I'm not sure how a post outlining what Viglink can do turned into a discussion of adsense lol.

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Lot of misinformation being posted! I have been running it now for a couple months. First is is much less intrusive then standard ads, and to date, I have had only two users ask about it. Viglink does provide an opt out feature so they were happy.  

Pay out is way better than the online ads guys for a low to medium traffic site. I getting near 10 fold the payout over bidadvertiser banner ads. Getting on adsense is very difficult, especially for a low to medium traffic site. I know first hand, and have tried multiple times. And my Viglink revenue is growing. 

 

Nexus is a godsend for a small site like mine, and a hugh value at the price. I now have a full featured store where I sell used parts, banner and classified ads. It manages my direct sold banner ads while still allowing external ad suppliers like adsense or bidadvertiser. I gives people an easy way to make site donations, and I have fully integrated credit card and paypal payment processing.  All looks very professions and very legit. Lastly the integration with FedEx shipping is awesome. Buyers enters his shipping address and rate is calculated, shipping label created and invoice emailed all fully automatic with no admin intervention. Well worth the price of admission. I'm planning on offering blogs to my user community as a subscription option and again Nexus will handle that transaction including activation, billing and subscription management automatically. I also use it with my third party classifieds package for it does the billing on those.  Lastly I use it's customer support feature for addressing support issues the community has instead on having them post the on my forums.  That is a lot of value for the license fee! 

Just set it up and go. Site is p15-d24.com. 

 

 

As your site is US based you may fare better - but like many advertising schemes they have little benefit outside of the USA.

 

If it works for you great :)  

 

This built in feature will be of help to you.

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Sorry if I sound sceptical about adsense "bans", I've seen numerous complaints from webmasters over the years with stories that don't exactly add up and I've absolutely no doubt there are innocent people, such as yourself, caught up in bans through no fault of your own, but I've also heard of others appealing to adsense and having their bans overturned then we have those who "don't bother" to appeal because they don't see the point?!.

 

I suggested IPB try and incorporate an adsense type advertising programme into the ACP Brandon which would cover just about every other ad network offering block and banner ads - I'm sure many would agree this would give many more people the opportunity to insert ads from different networks as well as their own banners with messages to appear on specific pages, etc ... from my own experience, VigLink isn't welcomed from many users and whilst some users have a hard time even dealing with banner adverts, having to attempt to negotiate a pop-up VigLink which throws itself up in the middle of text without clicking it, turns visitors off completely because they can't then read the content of the page.   I'm definitely to blame for the whole "adsense" content here, purely because I wanted to draw your attention to the bigger potential for the suite of offering an advertising programme capable of accommodating adsense and other similar networks using block advertising, and randomising it would most certainly take earning potentials to another level, thus potentially inciting others across to the IPB platform!! :)

 

Of course, just my findings, if VigLink works for others, more power to them, and I for one would like to hear of any success stories with that particular network if possible :smile:

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Had it running on one of my projects for some weeks:

Clicks: 619
Revenue $7 :D

I get much more with every other advertising net. ;) Right now replaced with skimlinks and observe whether it performs better. Probably the idea of monetizing links is not so good as it sounds...

 

Viglink has also a big issue with UTF-8 in their stats. I have reported it in November last year and still no progress :(

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VigLink does not work at all on any of the modules on any of my 12 IP sites -  except for in the forums. Help tickets with both VigLink and IPS have been ongoing for some time. We are not getting anywhere - just going around in circles with both companies at the moment...

 

I was just wondering if anyone here has ever had VigLink working in their Blogs and on IP.Content pages? If so, could you please let me know how you got it working on IP modules other than the forums?

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VigLink does not work at all on any of the modules on any of my 12 IP sites -  except for in the forums. Help tickets with both VigLink and IPS have been ongoing for some time. We are not getting anywhere - just going around in circles with both companies at the moment...

 

I was just wondering if anyone here has ever had VigLink working in their Blogs and on IP.Content pages? If so, could you please let me know how you got it working on IP modules other than the forums?

 

Never heard of IP modules.

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Nexus isn't designed to be an advertising system with other stuff built in to it.  It's a multi-use product.  Advertising, store, support, hosting, etc.  So your criticism of the product/price is very misleading.

 

Not really.

 

If all you want to do is rotate ads, separate ads, etc., then the fact that you get all these are benefits is irrelevant.  You can't rotate, separate, etc. without Nexus, hence if that's the sole functionality you want, it's very expensive and you'd need mammoth traffic to justify the cost.

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Nexus can be a perfect product, but it is encoded. Knowing about bugs in other IPS apps and sometimes lack of documentation (you have to look into code to figure out how something works), I would not consider buying Nexus. This the only reason. If it were not encoded I would buy it for sure.

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Sorry if this is an obvious question, but where is everyone finding the information on their click-throughs, profits, etc? I enabled VigLink in April through the Community Enhancements page, but aside from the on/off switch I can find absolutely zero setup or reports for VigLink anywhere in the ACP, and searching for VigLink there does not bring up any results.

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Sorry if this is an obvious question, but where is everyone finding the information on their click-throughs, profits, etc? I enabled VigLink in April through the Community Enhancements page, but aside from the on/off switch I can find absolutely zero setup or reports for VigLink anywhere in the ACP, and searching for VigLink there does not bring up any results.

​Same problem please advise

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