Make Money On Wizzley - Introduction to Monetization

by Lissie

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!

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!

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

AllPosters affiliate marketing program is a great way to get images for your site for free, and make money at the same time. Wizzley has an AllPosters module ready to use.
An eclectic collection of posters, cards, iphone cases, throw pillows and other gift ideas based on photographs, text and even vintage images.

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

Here are the members of the top 500 retail store merchants that have an affiliate program that VigLink gives you access to.
Wizzley opens up another revenue stream for authors by entering partnership with 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 
  • ClickBank 
  • Commission Junction (CJ)
  • ShareASale

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: 

  1. Make Money On Wizzley: Find The Right Readers 
  2. Make Money On Wizzley: Introduction to Monetization - you're reading it! 
  3. Make Money On Wizzley: Making Money With Amazon
  4. Make Money On Wizzley: Using Direct Affiliate Links 
  5. Make Money On Wizzley: Making Money With eBay 
  6. Make Money On Wizzley: Making Money With Clickbank 
  7. Make Money On Wizzley: Making Money With ShareASale
  8. Make Money On Wizzley: Making Money with Commission Junction (CJ) 
Updated: 03/13/2012, Lissie
 
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lobobrandon on 06/10/2012

Ok will have to do that then :) Because as per my experience on other sites, I do get somewhat equal visits from both nations so I always wondered. It will be easier to implement here than at HP.

Lissie on 06/10/2012

@lobobrandon - not really you need to experiment

StephanieManning on 06/08/2012

Very helpful for a newbie like me! Thanks!

lobobrandon on 06/02/2012

Hi Lissie, when it comes to Amazon, how do you know when to add the US link and when to add the others? Is there a way to tell which particular article will get more sales based on the country?

timgraphics on 03/11/2012

Thanks for this great article Lizzie. You've given me plenty of ideas. I am really into graphic design and need to get going seriously with Zazzle.

Lissie on 03/08/2012

@Jimmie e-junkie isn't my favourite system as an affiliate - though I can understand why sellers like it. Might have to add it to the list!

@Brenda - yeah I didn't know they sold posters - until I stumbled upon one! I used a rather spectacular one on this page http://wizzley.com/travel-from-auckla...

BrendaReeves on 03/08/2012

I hadn't thought of using Amazon for posters. That's what I will do from now on. All of your articles are so helpful.

Jimmie on 03/08/2012

And Ejunkie! I have two ebooks there and promote other quality resources sold via Ejunkie.
I'm glad to hear you say Adsense is low. I do feel like a failure in that area, making $20-30 per month from 100 articles. (my 37 hubs are close to that total based on the HP ad program.) But every bit helps, and there is room to grow. I am not getting rich at Wizzley, but it's a fun activity to invest in and provides backlinks to my other online content.

Lissie on 03/08/2012

I agree there is some complete crap on ClickBank, but outside of the make money niche its a lot better. Paydotcom is a new one on me - though I think its interesting that they think its a "feature" to be paid via paypal - I should probably write a page on Paypal too!

kaazoom on 03/08/2012

I didn't realize Wizzley allowed us to link to Clickbank. That makes Wizzley much more flexible than Squidoo. Although I think you have to use ClickBank with care as not all of the products they sell are good quality, although their 90 day money back guarantee does help. Paydotcom.com may also be worth trying on here.

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