In looking back on my 2013 online business components, I thought you would like to take a look at the specific income and expenses of a subset of 9 websites that earn revenue from Viglink. Viglink is a free program that easily converts links on your website or forum into affiliate links automatically. I use Viglink on small niche websites that talk about specific products for sale online from well known merchants. When I link to the products for sale, if my readers click over and buy anything, I get a commission for the sale. The benefit to using Viglink over going straight through the company’s affiliate program, is that you are automatically approved to earn affiliate commission from all the merchants that Viglink works with (see list of Viglink Merchants here). You don’t need to sign up individually with the merchants. And Viglink will automatically change your links into affiliate links. You don’t need to add any tracking codes or affiliate id numbers to your link. It just automatically happens. And like I said, it’s completely free to sign up and use Viglink.
In 2013 I really didn’t do anything to promote or market these websites, and basically did no work on them beyond setting them up in mid 2012 to late 2012. I wrote short articles about the general type of product and uses for it, then listed a variety of those types of products for sale online. (This is very similar to what I used to do on my Squidoo lenses).
I used my Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool to find profitable niches and keyword phrases. I use the keyword tool to determine what to title my pages and posts, and what H1, H2, and H3 header tags, and keywords I should use within my article and for the blog post tags.
The table below shows my income and expenses for a group of 9 websites. This is not all of my Viglink income, but a subgroup of websites that I track as a specific group. The income was from two sources, the actual Viglink income, and also Google Adsense income on the websites. For anyone who builds websites for the sole purpose of Adsense revenue, you’ll think my Adsense income stinks! And you are right! But the primary intent of these websites was to try out Viglink as an online income source. As you all know, I get easily distracted and didn’t do much of anything with these websites beyond setting them up. One of my goals for 2014 is to do some more work on these sites and also to expand and scale this income stream by adding more websites.
The expenses shown are for website hosting fees and domain registration/renewals. Months that show the expenses as $22.18 are for website hosting only, and the other months that are higher include the website hosting fees as well as one or more domains that renewed during that month. For this group of websites, they are hosted on GoDaddy.com. I pay for two separate hosting plans and spread out the websites with 5 websites on one GoDaddy shared hosting plan, and 4 websites on another GoDaddy hosting plan. The hosting fees and domain names were my only expenses, beyond my time of course.
To sum it up, the 9 websites made me a net income of $1,195.60 for the year. While this is not a lot of income, it is ongoing income that comes in every month above and beyond the cost of the websites. It drips, drips, drips, a little bit of money each and every month.
For someone who already has a website that has a lot of traffic and has random links to online products, installing the Viglink code on your website could start earning them an easy source of online income. I have actually thought about looking on Flippa.com for some cheap websites for sale that aren’t monetized well (therefore selling cheaply), but have good traffic and have links to products or merchants. I think Viglink could be a great way to monetize a website with good traffic.
For a special treat, here’s a screenshot of my Viglink Earnings dashboard, showing my total Viglink earnings at more than $5100. I started trying out Viglink at the end of April 2012, so this represents my earnings over 20 months, which averages out to $255 a month.
Have you tried Viglink on any of your websites, blogs, or forums? What has your experience been with Viglink?