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Skimlinks better than viglinks?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by steven s, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    I'm seeing a very small return using viglinks. I have one forum that is entirely ebay links.
    Has anyone compared both?
  2. Jeffin

    Jeffin Well-Known Member

  3. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    For viglink all you do is add some code to the footer. You don't need a plugin.
  4. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    "For viglink all you do is add some code to the footer. You don't need a plugin."

    According to the skimlinks site, it works the same way.

    (The editor is not loading, forum access is intermittent)
  5. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    You can use Skimlinks like that too, but the plugin enables control over the Skimlinks integration, such as limiting which usergroups get to see it etc.
    Dean likes this.
  6. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Can someone explain what this stuff is for us unwashed and what exactly it will do ?
  7. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    • Add the Skimlinks plugin to your site in minutes
    • Create content with links to products and services as normal
    • We turn your product links and product references into affiliate links
    • You earn a commission when users click on these links and make a purchase

    • If one of your users clicks through to a product or service and buys something, you earn a commission. You only pay us a share of what you earn.

    Taken directly from each site.
  8. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    So even a bum like me who is not technically oriented can make money with this stuff ??

    I wonder if it works retroactively, in other words just put the code on the site and it searches for what ??

    Do I have to be hooked up with all the affiliates via a network to get paid ?
  9. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    I've had viglink for 1 month now.
    It says I'm averaging $10-$20 a week.
    Wonder what happens if I use both?
  10. grant sarver

    grant sarver Well-Known Member

    I understand they are not compatible with each other as they are both trying to do the same thing. Pick one.
  11. niden.net

    niden.net Member

    I have used Skimlinks in a forum. They provided their own vBulletin plugin and it worked just fine. For the non vBulletin installations, all you will need is to add some javascript in your global template (header/footer etc.)

    You do not need to sign up with any affiliates. Just create an account with them. They have various payment options (check, direct bank transfer, paypal). Usually they pay 2 months after you have accumulated your earnings - similar scenario as Adsense.

    The plugin scans the content of your forum and when it finds a hyperlink it sends it back to Skimlinks. Their engine identifies the domain and the link in general and if the link is that of an affiliate that they work with, they transparently 'hijack' that link. If a user clicks that link in your forum Skimlinks knows about it. If the transaction ends up in a purchase, you get a commission and they get theirs.

    Perhaps 'hijack' is not the right word to describe it but hey it is late and I am tired. At least you get the idea of how it works.

    From my personal experience, their staff has been very helpful, polite and the product did not interfere with the forum at all. No complains from the users whatsoever.

    I hope the above helps.
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  12. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Thanks, great explanation and very helpful to all who read.
  13. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    FWIW, I've run SkimLinks on my own vBulletin forum for over a year now.
  14. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    I'm glad you've explained it, because I was under the impression it was one of those "scan the page and link lots of key words" type offerings - you know, with the double-green underlined links that have pop-outs and can be quite annoying.

    This sounds like a stealth linking system that would go pretty much unnoticed by forum members.

    I might consider this for the Geeks site when it launches. I want to try and monitise this new site in ways that won't annoy people/turn them off. (I appreciate it won't make much at the outset, but if it's there from the beginning then no one will notice it being "introduced" later.)

    Shaun :D
  15. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    That's exactly what I assumed it was at first as well.
  16. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    There are companies that do that. Vibrantmedia is one such company.

    Goes completely unnoticed as far as I can tell.
  17. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Could anyone explain the technicalities of how this works?

    I'm always concerned about the speed of my sites so anything that slows down page loading, etc. needs careful consideration.

    Do the links get modified at the time of posting and get injected into the database with the skimlink in place? This would be my preference as there would be no per-page processing required.

    Interestedly ... :)
  18. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    A previous post mentioned how it was a negligble (1 ms or so) delay on page loads.
  19. -GR-

    -GR- Well-Known Member

    I think Viglink and Skimlinks are basically the same thing. I honestly have had decent luck with viglink. I honestly never knew about skimlinks till the one post in the off topic forum that lead to the other forum software's site and touting how they teamed up with skimlinks.
  20. Robert F Schmitz

    Robert F Schmitz Well-Known Member

    I am getting ready to try them on my vb site. May be viable for one of the xf sites as well. Thanks for the info folks.

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