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wrapitup4me
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on 08/23/2012

OK. I'm starting to understand how viglink works. The viglink website forum is also excellent. However, there is one thing I did not find an answer to - on Amazon modules, for example, we get a photo of the product we are promoting. How do we get a photo of the product we are promoting via viglink?

Do we have permission to copy to photo from the merchant's website?

Without a photo much of the power of our promotion is eliminated.

Thanks in advance.

Jerrico_Usher
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on 08/23/2012

Hello :^)

viglinks is a link only monetization method (well the eBay module is actually powered by viglink but they programmed it to work by grabbing eBay ads and images). Viglinks inserts links into your article automatically when a merchant in their network i.e. wallmart, amazon, ebay, (separate from wizzley and they get a cut of the profit instead of getting the whole sale as with wizzley's amazon module) are found in your article. So if you typed eBay (or ebay) into your article and they scan the page they will turn eBay into a link to ebay.com and you get paid for the click or wizzley does if it's on their share of page loads).

I think there is an API in place that connects wizzley's article editor into viglink to scan the page and place links where appropriate. I think it does it at the publish stage not the save etc...

So at that point once it's set up and make sure you have "link insertion" turned on on the viglink site (and on the wizzle!) it's automatically checked I believe if you set it that way.

You just build your articles and don't think about it from there. The other way is to manually create links, i.e. to a specific product on Amazon.com, you'd build the link with the anchor text "amazon or Amazon" and create a link from it, insert the products exact url (full thing including http://) in the box. When viglink scans the page it will see amazon and affiliate it, and that product, but if they shop elsewhere you also get a commission. I think they get 4% of the profit but you'd have to check/verify that.

I don't use eBay capsules because they don't pay you a commission on the sale anymore, just a cheap click (10 cents, 3 cents, 5 cents...), but I let them create eBay inline text links (in the content) so I still get clicks from inside the article here and there. 

Hope this helps

Jerrico


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wrapitup4me
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on 08/23/2012

Thanks, Jerrico - can always count on you to answer quickly (do you ever sleep?) and thoroughly.

However  my specific question is still unanswered - I understand how to make the link, but if I don't want to use the amazon module and I want to link directly to the merchant that sells the product, I know now how to do that.

What I don't know is how to put up a picture of the product - linking to the product page does not put a picture of the product up as far as I understand.

So do I "save image as" on my computer and use the image module to show the picture? Or is there some other way?

2uesday
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on 08/23/2012

I too would like to know how other people get an image if they are using an affiliated site that VigLink covers (one that is not Amazon). 

I have never 'grabbed' a product  image from a web-page and used it, as I have seen warnings on some of the sites with the products that I was searching for. 

I do tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to using images, as I consider grabbing an image the same as copying someone's written work.

Guessing that you could ask the affiliated site, but with someone like Walmart that might take a while to get a response. They might not even stock it by the time you got a yes or no Smile.

The work around for me so far has been to use Amazon products on Wizzleys. Then I add in-line items/terms  (products that are not on Amazon but are in the same category)  using the links or words that will be' VigLinked'.

I could do a lot more with images from the sites though, so looking forward to reading a reply to the original question..

 

 

wrapitup4me
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on 08/23/2012

That sounds like a great solution, 2uesday, for when the product is also available on Amazon. I'm going to do that right now!!


But there are some products that are not available on Amazon.

Jerrico_Usher
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on 08/23/2012

@Wrapitup4me I think your overthinking it. Anything you can sell on Amazon will have a large gallery image you can use AS the picture. You just load the product in the module (amazon) then set the drop down to gallery, then set the size to Big. Set it full size in your article and you'll get (of various sizes) a poster child for the product (marketing/design for the product did all the "entice them" work for you as they are too trying to sell that product so why worry about breaking copyright with a product image (would be a copywrite breach unless through the module) when the module generates that for you?

If you get a product that has a crappy or small image, just do another search and find it from another seller, someone who knows how to include a gallery image lol...

You can also use this in side by side mode (along side an image or text module), and the image is a nice size too, play with it for the three sizes.

You can also turn off everything on the amazon ad leaving just the image (and a click away from the store still) if you want the image of the product. You can also put a link to it in the text but you'll be sharing revenue with viglink on the link. For amazon products I'd just stick to the module mainly because it's where you get the full sale and the great images.

Jerrico


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Jerrico_Usher
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on 08/23/2012

Just read the next post :) sorry for the redundancy. You got me on the off Amazon image thing, problem is many would be copywritten, but I don't think the marketing firm would mind you using it in promoting the product on the site, you could ask the sites staff directly if using the images is allowed (possibly if you save then upload not hotlink- they hate hotlinking). 


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