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BrendaReeves
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on 01/29/2013

Excuse my thick skull, but is it best to use Amazon or Viglink or both. I would like to know what the majority of knowledgeable Wizzlers are doing. Should I remove my Amazon link for better results? It's all very overwhelming for this LD person.


Brenda Reeves
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on 01/29/2013

Brenda,

I continue to use the Amazon module and Viglink, using Viglink only sparingly via ebay modules. I make much more from Amazon commissions (almost $500 in December with all of my online endeavors, not just Wizzley...but that is NOT the norm, just a good holiday season) whereas I've made $17 total on Viglink since beginning it last fall.

I would say use both. As far as I'm aware, it can't hurt!


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BrendaReeves
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on 01/29/2013

Thank you Robin. It sounds like you have found a really good niche.


Brenda Reeves
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on 01/29/2013

Brenda,

I wish it was that much every month, but just wanted to show one "hot" month vs 6 months or more of Viglink. I have to work online in so many ways (monetized blogs/articles, various affiliates, Adesense, freelance writing and selling on ebay) to make enough to sustain life in the rv. Fortunately I make enough from these combined methods to not have to seek elsewhere for income. I wish I could do just one and do it well, but it is too risky for me if that one thing should tank. So that is why I recommend doing both on Wizzley, more than anything else.


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JoHarrington
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on 01/29/2013

Here's how it works:

Vigilink will monetize all of your Amazon links (including those in the Amazon module), but only if you haven't got an Amazon affiliate link already.   If you have both entered in the Wizzley settings, then the default will be for Amazon to pay your commission directly.

Amazon gives commission on a sliding scale.   If you just sell a handful of items, then you'll get 4% of the cost for yourself.   If you sell slightly more, it goes up to 6%, then 6.50% and so on.

For example, right now Amazon have sold 24 items through my Wizzley links.   I have earned 6% on each of them.  If I sell 7 more things in the next two days, it'll leap to 6.50% on all.   Happy days!

But those days could be happier still.   Vigilink don't bother with Amazon's own sliding scale on Amazon goods.  They will give you a flat rate of 6.80% on all sales.  You could sell one thing or a billion things, and you'd get 6.80% commission.

So my 24 items would have been better monetized through Vigilink.  I'm currently getting 6%, but I could have had 6.8%.  That was my bad planning at the beginning of the month.

The critical mass is 111 items.   If you sell less than that through Amazon in a single calendar month, then you are better off taking your Amazon affiliate link out of your Wizzley settings.   Wizzley will default over to Vigilink and you'll get 6.8% commission on all.

If you sell more than 111 items, through Amazon per calendar month, then get your Amazon affiliate link whacked back into your Wizzley settings!  Because now you can get a much higher commission rate and you'll be rich.

Hope that ironed things out for you. <3


katiem2
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on 01/29/2013

I'm in Robins camp, do the same thing. 


frugalrvers
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on 01/29/2013

Is that what you meant, Brenda? I am so sorry for misunderstanding! Jo is laying it all out for you here nicely (thanks, Jo). I thought you were merely asking about various ways to monetize, etc. Now that I think about it, what was I thinking you meant? What a goof I can be...

For me, and this is based on feeling only, Amazon hasn't let me down in the past two years - I sell enough monthly to get the high commission percentage - it is clean, tight and I don't want to change a thing.

I had too many frustrations with Viglink - "this one pays click only, this one does commission, this one needs manual approval first," etc. I "use it" but only lightly, because it just isn't my cup of tea. I also worry if their terms with Amazon should ever change. This could happen with my own Amazon account, of course, but I feel I have control of my own account doing it the way I am, and can prepare/change if the worst would come my way. Finally, because I have Amazon all over the net, including my 5 blogs, I don't feel comfortable using Viglink for Amazon here, but not everywhere else. Amazon sales here keep my commission percentage up for all of my sites, so my other monetized sites that don't have Viglink can get paid well, too.

That is my personal opinion about Viglink. But again, Jo does a great job pointing out the process.


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Janet21
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on 01/29/2013

I use both my amazon associates account and VigLink for Wizzley since I always sell more than 111 products a month (not just on Wizzley, but on all my online sites combined) so I am generally in the 7%-8% commission tier. 

I use VigLink primarily for Ebay since many of my pages do well with Ebay.   Last month I earned about $100 with my Ebay clicks/sales on VigLink.  So, don't count Ebay out! 

frugalrvers
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on 01/29/2013

 

Janet21: 01/29/2013 - 12:48 PM

 

I use VigLink primarily for Ebay since many of my pages do well with Ebay.   Last month I earned about $100 with my Ebay clicks/sales on VigLink.  So, don't count Ebay out! 

Janet,

Thanks for sharing this - it is really inspiring for me to hear and will keep that in mind. What a continual success you are on Amazon, too! I'm not there yet...but I always do better each month than the last one (except holidays...that's just a frickin' miracle, but doesn't last, haha).

I think I'm the only one in this forum right now. Was gonna wait to let others chime in on this thread but what the heck...

It's like a big, vacant room in here right now...can hear my echo..."Hello,hello,helloooooo" "Anybody Here, here, herrreee?"


In 2009 we sold everything and hit the road! Follow us on our blog at Cheap RV Living
Guest
on 01/29/2013

I started  switching out some Amazon only links that were hardly ever converting amazon sales to Viglinks, to hopefully capitalize on pay per click. It has worked,  I am seeing some money instead of nothing.

I also started using the installed code from viglinks on my blogs. That really doesn't seem to work as well as building the links, though some clicks are happening.

I think a well thought out mix of both is a good idea.

SusanM
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on 01/29/2013

I think it probably depends on the style of article you write. For me Amazon works well. Viglink is chicken feed. Experimentation is the key. :)

BrendaReeves
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on 01/29/2013

Thank you everyone. That clears a lot up for me.


Brenda Reeves
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