What is SkimLinks?
SkimLinks is a competitor of VigLink. Please check out my post on Monetize your blog with VigLink if you have not read it.
SkimLinks was founded in 2007. Basically, it is an in-text advertising program where it converts texts into affiliate links. What I like about SkimLinks is that it is SEO friendly and it automatically looks out for affiliate programs for you. The functionality of SkimLinks is very similar to VigLink, but there are some differences.
While VigLink’s intention is to convert every link into a VigLink’s affiliate link, SkimLinks does not intercept with your current affiliate links at all. It gives you an option to do so. If you ask why it is important, here is the reason.
In-text advertising companies like VigLink and SkimLink will charge 25% of every sale that you make using their affiliate links. You get to keep 75%. While I think this is not a bad deal, it still bothers some folks who think using these programs will decrease their sales. SkimLinks absolutely understand this part and that’s why it leaves all your current affiliate links alone.
Just like VigLink, SkimLinks is free to sign up and there is no upgrade option. There are more than 20,000 merchants available for you to use. Please don’t ask me if SkimLinks will work out with your niche since I can’t tell you that. All you have to do is to join the program and test it out for sometimes if it works. One thing I know for sure is that if you are a new blogger and recently got your Amazon associate account canceled due to lack of sale, SkimLinks is a solution for you. Just remember that it will keep 25% of your sale though.
Registration is very straight forward. While VigLink approves you right away, SkimLinks manually checks out your site and decides if yours is qualified.
Before you apply to SkimLinks, make sure that your website don’t promote any of the below:
- Pornographic content
- Violent or hateful content
- Content of a religious nature
- Content of a political nature
- Content that promotes illegal activity
Also, it is good to have at least 10 to 12 posts in your site and do not have non relevant ads.
SkimLinks works with most blog platforms. There is an option of using plugin for WordPress. If you already have too many plugins in your page, I recommend you to use the code instead. Having too many plugins will slow down the loading speed of your site and may affect your ranking and traffic.
For information on how to add the code in your website, please read my post of VigLink.
After you get approved, you might want to download SkimLinks Editor for your convenience.
SkimLinks Editor is an Add-on, a great tool to help you monetize your blog. In there, you can search for different merchants. It provides you an URL shortener, and an affiliate link generator. You can also add an Ebay/Amazon search box to your site. Affiliate links will be generated automatically when people use this box to search for products. The searches are geo-targeted so users arrive at the local version of the sites making them more likely to buy.
- Easy to use
- SEO friendly
- Save you time from looking for affiliate programs
- Low payment threshold of $10
- Your site might get disapproved
- It is a CPA (Cost per action), not a CPC (cost per click) program
About payment, like VigLink, Skimlinks pays you through PayPal.
One more thing I want to say is if you operate multiple blogs, it is a good idea to try out VigLink in one site and SkimLinks in the other and see which one works better.
Do you also use SkimLinks? If yes, please share your experience with others in the comment section and do not forget to share this post to other!