How to become an affiliate marketer in 5 minutes. Set it and forget it.


Photo by Karen Roe 

Do you have a website or blog? Many reputable online companies such as Amazon and NewEgg offer an affiliate program. Any vistors of your site or blog that follow a link to their site and then buys something, will result in a small commission to you. With hard work and luck, you might get some money to pay towards your website hosting and domain expenses. 

Of course you can create individual accounts with each of these stores. But that has some downsides. There are thousands of companies, and you will only bother to register with a small number of them. So when writing content, you may be tempted to link to the sites you have a relationship with, rather than picking sites with your visitors interests in mind. 

By registering with an affiliate aggregator like Viglink, you give up some percentage of your commission. But in return, now you only need sign up with one company. Any link to a company that offers an affiliate arrangement will automatically become an affiliate link. Since most reputable companies have affiliate plans, you can now forget that you are an affiliate. Spend your efforts on making good and valuable content for your readers. 

Once you are signed up with VigLink, all you need to do is paste a short snippet of code into your website template and you are done. (You will want to use your key and not mine. Otherwise you will be sending me your commissions) : 

<script type="text/javascript">
var vglnk = { api_url: '//api.viglink.com/api',
key: '7861699cf61c67c36f6f3778939f2021' };
(function(d, t) {
var s = d.createElement(t); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true;
s.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? vglnk.api_url :
'//cdn.viglink.com/api') + '/vglnk.js';
var r = d.getElementsByTagName(t)[0]; r.parentNode.insertBefore(s, r);
}(document, 'script'));
</script>

If you have your own WordPress self hosted blog (for hosting I use HostMonster), you can add a plugin that does this for you. In settings you just paste your VigLink key. Set it and your done.

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