In this article I want to talk about affiliate marketing and how it works when publishing pages on Wizzley. I'm a late started with affiliate marketing. It comes naturally to some people, but for me, who isn't that much into shopping, I couldn't understand that people really would click and buy online. I figured most people didn't really do that much shopping. Because I didn't. Boy was I wrong!
Make Money On Wizzley - Introduction to Monetization
So you are going to write what interests you on Wizzley and make money right? Well maybe - it depends on what interests you. Personally i'm interested in making money!
Making Money From Visitors aka Monetization
Once you have the visitors though - how do you make money? Many people assume that you just slap Adsense and Amazon on it and move on. But the big hitters, almost without exception, spend a lot more time on monetization than that. They experiment, a lot. I'm just starting to experiment, and I'm playing with Wizzley because, for a revenue share site, Wizzley is remarkably flexible about how I make money here.
There are three main methods of monetization supported directly by Wizzley:
- contextual advertising: Google Adsense Chitika
- affiliate marketing: Amazon, Zazzle, AllPosters
- third party broker: Viglink
Lets look at all three in turn
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Contextual Advertising With Wizzley
Contextual Advertising is advertising where rather than choosing specific products or offers to promote the advertisers will display "appropriate" ads depending on your page's content (mainly its title,url and first couple of paragraphs on Wizzley).
Wizzley supports both Adsense and Chitika.
I don't use Chitika. I've used it in the past and found that it was not as profitable as Google Adsense. That said I don't find Adsense to be very profitable on Wizzley. I have little control over the layout of the Adsense layouts, and for Adsense, and layout is critical. To date I've found the click through rate for Adsense on Wizzley to be very low, its better than nothing, but not by much.
The nice thing about Wizzley is that you can actually turn off Adsense on your pages, on a page-by-page basis. This means if you really want to focus the reader on a different shopping opportunity you can do so.
Affiliate Marketing with Wizzley Modules
The three main programs supported by Wizzley - with their own modules are Amazon.com AllPosters.com and Zazzle.com.
I'm not an affiliate of either AllPosters or Zazzle. Zazzle is a little like etsy.com - it allows users to develop their own artwork which can be printed on T-shirts, coasters, mugs etc. I don't have a creative bone in my body, so its not for me. If however have a Zazzle store I would be using Wizzley to promote it.
AllPosters, is no surprise, a site which sells posters. I've not bothered to sign up with them, as Amazon also sells posters, and when I need an illustration for a page - I will grab one from Amazon because I make payout on Amazon every month.
For more on Allposters and Zazzle - check out these articles written by writers who are using them:
More on Zazzle and AllPosters Affiliates
Third Party Broker: Viglink
If you live in Rhode Island you can't be an Amazon affiliate. Walmart won't have me because I don't live in the US. But via Viglink we can all get at least some money companies that don't want us for whatever reason. Viglink is a broker - basically they take 20% of whatever is made via the link and the author and Wizzley share the rest via the standard revenue share.
Because of that 20% I prefer to apply to vendors directly (more on that later) - but to date I've found it very useful for:
- adding amazon.com text links within an article. This can be a good way to get people to click - some will ignore the pretty pictures
- adding amazon.co.uk links which are otherwise unavailable on Wizzley
- making money from eBay - which will not deal with affiliates direct via Wizzley.
More About Viglink
Trying Out New Monetization Methods At Wizzley
However it doesn't end there. Wizzley is both editorially relaxed about using other affiliates plus they allow you to upload html code you can use other affiliate networks.
To date I've had experience using
- direct commission sales
- Commission Junction (CJ)
In further articles in this series I'm going explore a number of these affiliates in detail.
Make Money On Wizzley - The Series
This article is one of a series of pages on making money with Wizzley.com - which focuses on picking the right monetisation method to make money from the type of visitors you have to your website. Other articles in this series are:
- Make Money On Wizzley: Find The Right Readers
- Make Money On Wizzley: Introduction to Monetization - you're reading it!
- Make Money On Wizzley: Making Money With Amazon
- Make Money On Wizzley: Using Direct Affiliate Links
- Make Money On Wizzley: Making Money With eBay
- Make Money On Wizzley: Making Money With Clickbank
- Make Money On Wizzley: Making Money With ShareASale
- Make Money On Wizzley: Making Money with Commission Junction (CJ)