Do any affiliates use skimlinks.com?

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Does anyone use skimlinks.com to indirectly direct their links to their merchant? Or has anyone heard any success stories regarding it?

As a California resident, I'm interested in this service for promoting Amazon products after the affiliate cut. So I'd like to hear from first-hand experience.

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    Until you posted this thread, I had never seen or heard of this website before. It definitely isn't one that is being heavily discussed on the forum...unless they are all talking about it behind my back.

    After examing the site for myself, I wouldn't use it. I wasn't able to verify the awards that they supposedly won and their little stat counter at the bottom of the page is more than likely fake. No thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author crystalq
      Yes Joe, many people are talking about and using them behind your back LOL

      No, in all seriousness I've heard that they're pretty good and most people I know, who use them, use phpbay plugins with them. It's an option for ex EPN & Amazon affiliates who were terminated because of new us state laws.

      I've only heard good things about skimlinks.com and would recommend them to everyone.


      Originally Posted by Joe128139 View Post

      Until you posted this thread, I had never seen or heard of this website before. It definitely isn't one that is being heavily discussed on the forum...unless they are all talking about it behind my back.

      After examing the site for myself, I wouldn't use it. I wasn't able to verify the awards that they supposedly won and their little stat counter at the bottom of the page is more than likely fake. No thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author SkimHannah
      Originally Posted by Joe128139 View Post


      After examing the site for myself, I wouldn't use it. I wasn't able to verify the awards that they supposedly won and their little stat counter at the bottom of the page is more than likely fake. No thank you.
      Hey Joe!

      Just wanted to clear up any worries you had and let you know that our stats counter, and our awards are all legit - trust me, if we were making them up, we would have thrown a few more in there! You can find the list of our awards with links to the organizations that gave them to us at press.skimlinks.com/awards

      Cheers!
      Hannah @ Skimlinks
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      • Profile picture of the author mark keeler
        Hey Hannah, will your service work in California for California affiliates. Apparently the "other" V...linking company will not answers replies on their own blog forum if it works in California. I think Viglink will not work in CA and am hoping that Skimlinks will work here.
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        • Profile picture of the author Llola
          Originally Posted by mark keeler View Post

          Hey Hannah, will your service work in California for California affiliates. Apparently the "other" V...linking company will not answers replies on their own blog forum if it works in California. I think Viglink will not work in CA and am hoping that Skimlinks will work here.
          Viglink works in California. Email them if you have a question.

          I'm in California, using Viglink with Amazon and haven't had a problem. What's nice is I'm also using it with EPN, a program I was kicked out of a few years ago. So far I love Viglink!
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          • Profile picture of the author newimguy
            Originally Posted by Llola View Post

            Viglink works in California. Email them if you have a question.

            I'm in California, using Viglink with Amazon and haven't had a problem. What's nice is I'm also using it with EPN, a program I was kicked out of a few years ago. So far I love Viglink!
            Hi Llola. Do you know if Viglink tells you what items you sold. With Skimlinks they don't tell you what you sold. They just show revenue which is hard to measure which products convert.
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            • Profile picture of the author ibmethatswhoib
              Ya they do show you, I have been enjoying Viglink as the next best thing to Amazon.
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  • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
    It's a slick program and I like it. Simply test it the earnings to your existing links and see which is more profitable.

    Apparently, Joe, a lot is going on behind your back

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    • Profile picture of the author CopyAcolyte
      Originally Posted by kindsvater View Post

      It's a slick program and I like it. Simply test it the earnings to your existing links and see which is more profitable.

      Apparently, Joe, a lot is going on behind your back

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      Are you using skimlinks? Is it legitimate?

      Thank you.
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      • Profile picture of the author Frugal Jen
        I am in CA and recently had my affiliate account pulled by amazon and other companies.

        Amazon is that only one I was concerned about because I make around 5% of my income from them so it was a loss for me.

        So I found Skimlinks- I have been using them for a couple weeks and it is working out well.

        I am making around 6% from my Amazon links (after the Skimlinks Commission) which is fine for most months. End of the year holiday sales usually bumped me up to a higher percentage but I would much rather have 6% than 0%.

        My only problem with them is the Javascript that runs with their plugin is one of the last things to load on the webpage and I think that some of my readers are clicking through before it loads- and this means no commision because they are clicking straight through to amazon.

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        • Profile picture of the author SkimHannah
          Originally Posted by Frugal Jen View Post


          My only problem with them is the Javascript that runs with their plugin is one of the last things to load on the webpage and I think that some of my readers are clicking through before it loads- and this means no commision because they are clicking straight through to amazon.

          jen
          Hey Jen,

          Glad to have you on board with us!

          Just wanted to touch on one of your points to clear up your concerns - we have recently upgraded our code, and it is now asynchronous JSONP - a fancy way of saying that it works on page load: so there's no lag for when your users clickthrough.

          Cheers!
          Hannah @ Skimlinks
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          • Profile picture of the author Frugal Jen
            Originally Posted by SkimHannah View Post

            Hey Jen,

            Glad to have you on board with us!

            Just wanted to touch on one of your points to clear up your concerns - we have recently upgraded our code, and it is now asynchronous JSONP - a fancy way of saying that it works on page load: so there's no lag for when your users clickthrough.

            Cheers!
            Hannah @ Skimlinks
            hanna,

            I am still not seeing that. If I right click and copy the link before the page loads I am still getting the "natural" address, not the redirect.

            jen
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            • Profile picture of the author SkimHannah
              Hey Jen,

              Hmmm...I wonder which link you're looking at - we don't act on links that we can't affiliate, so it's possible that the link you grabbed is to a retailer that's not in our network? A good check is always an Amazon or eBay link, and remember, you can search our list of 16,000 merchants in your publisher interface too.

              Let me know!

              Hannah @ Skimlinks
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              • Profile picture of the author BridgetSielicki
                I'm in CA and recently redirected my Amazon links through Skimlinks. Its working well, the only downside is there is no way to track which links are converting and what you are actually selling.
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                • Profile picture of the author SootedNinjas
                  Originally Posted by BridgetSielicki View Post

                  I'm in CA and recently redirected my Amazon links through Skimlinks. Its working well, the only downside is there is no way to track which links are converting and what you are actually selling.
                  that's not good. I remember seeing in the webpage of viglink or 123linkit of having analytics data available
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                  • Profile picture of the author Kim S
                    Originally Posted by SootedNinjas View Post

                    that's not good. I remember seeing in the webpage of viglink or 123linkit of having analytics data available
                    I just checked out 123linkit and they use contextual links in your posts as the others do but as of right now they have only CJ for affiliate program. That`s not bad though since a lot of marketers seem to like them.They`re site said they would be adding more.
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                    • Profile picture of the author thedog
                      I find viglink and skimlinks commission to be very high, 25%... that's quite a lot in my book.

                      I decided to try skimlinks out on one of my sites, payment by paypal option works for me.

                      Viglink requires a lot of red tape to set up... I'm not even a US citizen... and they're asking me to fill out US tax stuff.

                      As for 123linkit, lets hope they pull the trigger with Amazon, there needs to be more competition to bring commission price down.

                      In fact, I think it would be fair to bring commissions down, the more profit you bring in... I don't mind paying commission, fact of life, but, 25%... is it just me that thinks this is a bit high?
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              • Profile picture of the author Frugal Jen
                Originally Posted by SkimHannah View Post

                Hey Jen,

                Hmmm...I wonder which link you're looking at - we don't act on links that we can't affiliate, so it's possible that the link you grabbed is to a retailer that's not in our network? A good check is always an Amazon or eBay link, and remember, you can search our list of 16,000 merchants in your publisher interface too.

                Let me know!

                Hannah @ Skimlinks
                It is Amazon. basically if the post loads (with the Amazon link) as the page loads if you right click and grab the address it will be the "organic link" then once the page fully loads if you do the same it will be the redirect to skimlinks.

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        • Profile picture of the author netlexis
          Jen, have you used the URL shortener on Tweets or Facebook yet. Looks interesting, but I'm wondering how it does.

          Originally Posted by Frugal Jen View Post

          I am in CA and recently had my affiliate account pulled by amazon and other companies.

          Amazon is that only one I was concerned about because I make around 5% of my income from them so it was a loss for me.

          So I found Skimlinks- I have been using them for a couple weeks and it is working out well.

          I am making around 6% from my Amazon links (after the Skimlinks Commission) which is fine for most months. End of the year holiday sales usually bumped me up to a higher percentage but I would much rather have 6% than 0%.

          My only problem with them is the Javascript that runs with their plugin is one of the last things to load on the webpage and I think that some of my readers are clicking through before it loads- and this means no commision because they are clicking straight through to amazon.

          jen
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          • Profile picture of the author Frugal Jen
            Originally Posted by netlexis View Post

            Jen, have you used the URL shortener on Tweets or Facebook yet. Looks interesting, but I'm wondering how it does.
            no- my facebook posts and twitter are always links to my posts, I rarely put in a direct link (shortened or otherwise).

            jen
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      • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
        Originally Posted by CopyAcolyte View Post

        Are you using skimlinks? Is it legitimate?

        Thank you.

        Yes and yes. However, I have not tried it with Amazon products.

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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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      Originally Posted by kindsvater View Post

      It's a slick program and I like it. Simply test it the earnings to your existing links and see which is more profitable.

      Apparently, Joe, a lot is going on behind your back

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      Apparently. I could never hope to know it all though.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Never heard of it but it looks very interesting.
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  • Profile picture of the author CopyAcolyte
    Thanks for the responses so far.

    I'm surprised that more CA affiliates that got cut a few weeks ago aren't talking about Skimlinks here! Instead they're talking about incorporating in other states.

    I mean, why do that if we can just use this service?
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    • Profile picture of the author netlexis
      CA affiliate here, too. I just signed up with Skimlinks and I'm in the process of setting it up. Crossing my finger. Like someone said earlier, 6% is better than 0%.
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    • Profile picture of the author timpears
      Originally Posted by CopyAcolyte View Post

      Thanks for the responses so far.

      I'm surprised that more CA affiliates that got cut a few weeks ago aren't talking about Skimlinks here! Instead they're talking about incorporating in other states.

      I mean, why do that if we can just use this service?
      I have been trying to get the word out on Skimlinks every time I saw a thread where affiliates were cut in the various states. But for the most part I was ignored. So I figured that no one cared enough. This thread got some interest though. As best as I know, they are a real good company.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Cohen
    Personally I've used 123LinkIt and prefer them. Skimlinks is pretty much the same, but 123LinkIt keeps less of a commission.
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  • Profile picture of the author everydayreviews
    Im using skimlinks along with linkshare. they are working well together
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  • Profile picture of the author JoshTara
    I think more might know about it if they kept up my couple posts about it. But because I made the mistake of promoting it through affiliate links they banned me for a bit and took the posts down. Sorry about that I'm new to the forum and IM in general and am a bit to overexcited about some things. I personally haven't had to use it yet because my state is till letting us do business as usual but have heard good things from some ppl who have used it. I do promote it though because the give out referral commisions. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author newimguy
    I use skimlinks but is there a way to find out what product you are selling? All I see is the quantity sold. Not what is sold.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vrindavan
    i am using Viglink.
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    • Profile picture of the author DonHuevos
      Originally Posted by Vrindavan View Post

      i am using Viglink.
      The only think I don't like about Viglinks is the lack of control. I tried it once and it linked my H1 & H2 titles. No bueno.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vrindavan
    >> If I right click and copy the link before the page loads I am still getting the "natural" address, not the redirect.

    He is talking about timing matters.

    He is not talking about the link will never be modified into affiliate link.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frugal Jen
      Originally Posted by Vrindavan View Post

      >> If I right click and copy the link before the page loads I am still getting the "natural" address, not the redirect.

      He is talking about timing matters.

      He is not talking about the link will never be modified into affiliate link.

      Exactly, it is about timing. There is a "delay" before the link is converted. Looking at my conversion stats in Skimlinks vs my old stats in my Amazon account there is a significant enough difference for me to think that the delay is enough to hurt me (15.75% vs 9.75%) and Skimlinks for that matter.
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      • Profile picture of the author SkimHannah
        Frugal Jen, I'm going to take a deeper look into it for you - we'll figure it out!

        Hannah @ Skimlinks
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        • Profile picture of the author Frugal Jen
          Originally Posted by SkimHannah View Post

          Frugal Jen, I'm going to take a deeper look into it for you - we'll figure it out!

          Hannah @ Skimlinks
          Thanks, I appreciate it.

          jen
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  • Profile picture of the author Targeted Traffic
    Ive never had "first-hand" experience with it ye but Skimlinks has gotten mostly positive feedback.Those who work with the program, say that it can be helpful. It can save time and effort, and to many people that’s worth the outsourcing cost.
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    • Profile picture of the author kellabella
      Another Californian here too. I just got approved from Skimlinks a couple days ago. Glad to see some positive feedback here about them. Thanks for posting about it as well SkimHannah

      I had finally began making a bit of commission from Amazon, and then the termination came. Hopefully I can get myself set up on it this week!
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  • Profile picture of the author ibmethatswhoib
    The only problem I am having is I use the plugin on a Wordpress site and it will highlight the word sony when I want it to go to a model of sony. I tried contacting them but haven't got a response. Can someone please help if you found a way to directly link to a product. I have some specific Amazon products I want to link to but not sure how, right now I have their search widget on my site and I'm having them search for the product hah. But that will definitely drop my conversion rate, cuz it's just easier to click a link than search.
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    • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
      I just had SkimLinks reject a site. They said it "would generate negligible revenues" from their merchants.

      So I sent them a screen shot showing significant traffic and over $1000 in commissions from just 1 of their existing merchants.

      Maybe $1000 is negligible - but I'll bet compared to all the websites approved for SkimLinks it's in an upper percentile.

      Frankly, SkimLinks should let us worry about our business: marketing and monetization. That's what us Warriors do.

      It should focus on it's business: obtaining linking opportunities and helping us make use of our content.

      There's been a lot of "negligible revenue" ideas shot down in history by person X that made person Y a lot of money.


      Update: Skimlinks came back and said the denial was a mistake and my site is approved.

      Apparently, fingers are quicker to click the reject button these days as Skimlinks is discovered and a flood of crap websites are being submitted.

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    • Profile picture of the author Frugal Jen
      Originally Posted by ibmethatswhoib View Post

      The only problem I am having is I use the plugin on a Wordpress site and it will highlight the word sony when I want it to go to a model of sony. I tried contacting them but haven't got a response. Can someone please help if you found a way to directly link to a product. I have some specific Amazon products I want to link to but not sure how, right now I have their search widget on my site and I'm having them search for the product hah. But that will definitely drop my conversion rate, cuz it's just easier to click a link than search.

      All you need to do is put in the organic link to the Amazon Product. Just search for the product you want on Amazon, copy the address and link to it on you site. Skimlinks does a redirect on that link.

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  • Profile picture of the author CopyAcolyte
    How does the skimlinks approval process work?
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    • Profile picture of the author Frugal Jen
      Originally Posted by CopyAcolyte View Post

      How does the skimlinks approval process work?
      I just submitted my info then a day or two later I was approved.

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      • Profile picture of the author SkimHannah
        Hey Jen,

        I had our team investigate your site to try and address your concerns, and here's what we came up with:

        Firstly, because you have many things already running on your site, Skimlinks has to wait for everything to load to ensure it doesn't interfere with anything else, so that would account for the delay

        In regards to the conversion rate, there is a difference between the way Amazon calculates their conversion rate and the way we do. Amazon's conversion rate is calculated based on number of items bought where ours is calculated on number of sales - which results in a different number.

        We checked in our Amazon interface for you, and you have an average conversion rate (using the Amazon calculation with number of items sold) of 11.66% for July so far.

        Hope that clears things up a bit!

        Cheers,
        Hannah @ Skimlinks
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        • Profile picture of the author Frugal Jen
          Originally Posted by SkimHannah View Post

          Hey Jen,

          I had our team investigate your site to try and address your concerns, and here's what we came up with:

          Firstly, because you have many things already running on your site, Skimlinks has to wait for everything to load to ensure it doesn't interfere with anything else, so that would account for the delay

          In regards to the conversion rate, there is a difference between the way Amazon calculates their conversion rate and the way we do. Amazon's conversion rate is calculated based on number of items bought where ours is calculated on number of sales - which results in a different number.

          We checked in our Amazon interface for you, and you have an average conversion rate (using the Amazon calculation with number of items sold) of 11.66% for July so far.

          Hope that clears things up a bit!

          Cheers,
          Hannah @ Skimlinks
          thanks hannah

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  • Profile picture of the author lyricaldeb
    Hello,

    I'm going to try their service on my sites and see what happens.Will let everyone know.

    Thx
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  • Profile picture of the author SkimHannah
    Hi CopyAcolyte - I got your PM, but I can't reply as I'm new to the forum. Can you email your questions to supportATskimlinksDOTcom?

    Thanks!
    Hannah
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    • Profile picture of the author jerryp
      Hi Hannah,

      I've been with Skimlinks about a month and have questions. I sent these questions to support about 5 days ago and no response. I re-sent the questions 2 days ago and still no response.

      My question was about the fact that I had 3 or 4 sales a week with Amazon before they dropped California affiliates. Now with Skimlinks 1 sale in the last 3 weeks. I don't get it. I wanted to see if someone could check my sites but no response.

      Can you help me?
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      • Profile picture of the author SkimHannah
        Hey Jerry,

        Can you tell me what website you use Skimlinks on so I can track it down?

        Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Vrindavan
    traffic amount stay similar ?
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  • Profile picture of the author angelafavs
    hello,

    Sounds not familiar, I'm looking forward for it.

    Thanks..
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  • Profile picture of the author sdradius
    I had similar problems with Skimlinks where my Amazon links were just not getting affiliated. That, on top of the requirement to apply for each of your sites, nudged me over to Viglink and I haven't looked back.

    Viglink also has a cool disclosure badge you can add to your page that helps you meet the FTC disclosure requirements. You can see an example at my sites in my sig (I have the badges in the footer). It's really easy to set up, if you are having problems adding it to your Wordpress or Blogger blog, let me know and I'll try to help.
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    • Profile picture of the author ibmethatswhoib
      hmm interesting, I gotta check that out. Ya it seems like links aren't getting counted and there customer service is horrible! I haven't heard anything from them in days. I want to change to something else, thanks for the tip.

      Originally Posted by sdradius View Post

      I had similar problems with Skimlinks where my Amazon links were just not getting affiliated. That, on top of the requirement to apply for each of your sites, nudged me over to Viglink and I haven't looked back.

      Viglink also has a cool disclosure badge you can add to your page that helps you meet the FTC disclosure requirements. You can see an example at my sites in my sig (I have the badges in the footer). It's really easy to set up, if you are having problems adding it to your Wordpress or Blogger blog, let me know and I'll try to help.
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    • Profile picture of the author SkimHannah
      Hey sdradius,

      Sorry to hear you switched - I would have been interested to check out why your Amazon links weren't being affiliated!

      Our disclosure badge was actually first out on the scene - earns referral commissions for you too!
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      • Profile picture of the author jerryp
        Hannah,

        I use it on 3 websites but the site that I get the most sales from is Under the Counter TV- Under the Counter TV Review Site Hannah I appreciate you responding on this forum but I have to say the customer support with Skimlinks is incredibly bad. I sent the questions I had through customer support over a week ago and no response. I then sent another inquiry and still no response. Bad business and sure doesn't build confidence. Thanks,

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        • Profile picture of the author ibmethatswhoib
          yup their tracking is bad and their customer service is even worse. Stay away, VigLink answered me the same day. I'm in the process of changing all my links to Vig, looking forward to seeing the stats.

          Originally Posted by jerryp View Post

          Hannah,

          I use it on 3 websites but the site that I get the most sales from is Under the Counter TV- Under the Counter TV Review Site Hannah I appreciate you responding on this forum but I have to say the customer support with Skimlinks is incredibly bad. I sent the questions I had through customer support over a week ago and no response. I then sent another inquiry and still no response. Bad business and sure doesn't build confidence. Thanks,

          Jerry
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          • Profile picture of the author sherrieb
            Originally Posted by ibmethatswhoib View Post

            yup their tracking is bad and their customer service is even worse. Stay away, VigLink answered me the same day. I'm in the process of changing all my links to Vig, looking forward to seeing the stats.
            Please keep us informed, if you don't mind.
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            • Profile picture of the author ibmethatswhoib
              Ya for sure, I already like VigLink better, I just changed my links from skimlinks to viglink and it's already showing the clicks from today!! Skimlinks took 3 days sometimes just to show the clicks. We will see how the sales goes with VigLink but I'm liking the quick support and same day click stats. Hopefully their sales are correct and they pay.

              Originally Posted by sherrieb View Post

              Please keep us informed, if you don't mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author VeronicaD
    Wow, I've never heard of viglinks or skimlinks. Very cool concept if it turns out they are actually legit. I'll have to give them more of a look tomorrow, but sounds promising!
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
    I have no idea why anyone would ever want to use a service that takes 25% revenue off the top for something you can more easily do yourself. Especially for Amazon, there is almost no case where you would make more money using Skimlinks rather than your own links. Is this marketed toward people that are completely clueless?

    I realize it's an option for Amazon affiliates who had the program shut down in their home state, but it seems as though there are far better options than something that seems like it gives you a minimum of 15% less revenue; even more, if you regularly hit higher pay brackets than 7%.
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    • Profile picture of the author jerryp
      Originally Posted by mattward View Post

      I have no idea why anyone would ever want to use a service that takes 25% revenue off the top for something you can more easily do yourself. Especially for Amazon, there is almost no case where you would make more money using Skimlinks rather than your own links. Is this marketed toward people that are completely clueless?

      I realize it's an option for Amazon affiliates who had the program shut down in their home state, but it seems as though there are far better options than something that seems like it gives you a minimum of 15% less revenue; even more, if you regularly hit higher pay brackets than 7%.
      Well in my case I live in California and was dropped as an affiliate. However i'm not ready to give up on Amazon. It has nothing to do with being "completely clueless". My experience is that there aren't "far better options" than Amazon. Some of the companies that offer higher commissions and longer cookies don't convert that well.

      For whatever reason, Amazon is a company that people tend to trust and for me it converts much higher than other merchants. The prices are generally quite low and they have all of the products I sell. I checked out CJ, Pepperjam etc. and all of the merchants there and the prices were higher or they didn't carry the products on my site.

      I would love to return as an Amazon affiliate but we have to do whatever it takes to compete in this game. Until Amazon gets things straightened out with the Nexus states, 15% less revenue sure beats nothing. I wouldn't be so quick to judge others and make comments about people being clueless.
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    • Profile picture of the author SkimHannah
      Originally Posted by mattward View Post

      I have no idea why anyone would ever want to use a service that takes 25% revenue off the top for something you can more easily do yourself. Especially for Amazon, there is almost no case where you would make more money using Skimlinks rather than your own links. Is this marketed toward people that are completely clueless?

      I realize it's an option for Amazon affiliates who had the program shut down in their home state, but it seems as though there are far better options than something that seems like it gives you a minimum of 15% less revenue; even more, if you regularly hit higher pay brackets than 7%.
      Hi Matt,

      I guess where we come in is with the 17,000 merchants, the link creation and maintenance and the benefit of a centralized solution.

      If publishers have a good set up with Amazon, and they're happy doing it themselves, then they may just keep that direct relationship. But if they've got a load of content, lots of links (maybe they're a content network with 20 different sites under their umbrella and affiliate is a complete headache, or just a site with editors that don't have time to do affiliate links) trying to achieve affiliate coverage at the level Skimlinks offers would become quite the time suck.

      Getting approved on 17,000+ merchants, and then creating the links and maintaining them is a mega task for some. So they're sacrificing the 25% for the time-saving, and extended merchant coverage they probably couldn't get on their own.

      Publishers that use us get to streamline everything too - so they get one check every month, one set of reports etc.

      There are lots of people that see great benefits from using us, but others that feel they've got a better deal doing it themselves. But, of course, each to their own

      Cheers,
      Hannah @ Skimlinks
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      • Profile picture of the author mark keeler
        Originally Posted by SkimHannah View Post

        Hi Matt,


        Getting approved on 17,000+ merchants, and then creating the links and maintaining them is a mega task for some. So they're sacrificing the 25% for the time-saving, and extended merchant coverage they probably couldn't get on their own.

        Publishers that use us get to streamline everything too - so they get one check every month, one set of reports etc.

        There are lots of people that see great benefits from using us, but others that feel they've got a better deal doing it themselves. But, of course, each to their own

        Cheers,
        Hannah @ Skimlinks
        Way to go Hannah! I agree on that advice. With so many of people making a few hundred or few thousand a month online, it's a head ache to deal with hundreds of companies and have to wait until the threshold is met before we get paid.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
    I guess I should have worded that better, but I'd intended to separate "clueless people" from people using it because they got banned from Amazon. I clearly didn't mean to call people in your situation clueless, so I apologize if it came across that way.

    This service was around before California got hit, and isn't specifically marketed toward those people, as far as I know. That is why I can't understand why people would voluntarily use it if they don't have to. At best, you're losing money; the 6% bracket on Amazon is so low that everyone will hit it. Yes, it's better than not being able to promote Amazon at all, but I cannot understand why someone who can promote Amazon themselves without a middle man would ever opt to use this service. That's why I said only clueless people would use this voluntarily, unless they're something I'm missing here that isn't apparent from reading the FAQ on the site. :confused:

    I'll admit that I don't know much about the U.S. Nexus laws, but I recall seeing at least one thread here from someone talking about how they'd gotten their Amazon account reinstated by opening a business in another state. That's what I meant by "better options."
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  • Profile picture of the author Vrindavan
    >> I'm in the process of changing all my links to Vig, looking forward to seeing the stats.

    I am not using skimlinks, so i cannot compare between the two.

    But Viglink is really helpful, no complain.

    And i can send "add merchant" request to them,
    and they will try to add my suggestion.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxmed
    How does this website work ?
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  • Profile picture of the author EUA
    Hi there,
    I applied for both of them for my sites and prepare a comparison table for their services. You can better to read and choose best one for yourself.
    The Comparison of VigLink vs SkimLinks Affiliate Networks
    Thanks.
    Erdem
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  • Profile picture of the author Vrindavan
    regarding Transction Fee

    as a non-US paypal user receiving fund, i never need to pay any fee for receiving money, unless the company/person try to pay you money via "direct credit card transfer".

    Do you mean skimlink send money to you via direct credit card payment/transfer ?
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    • Profile picture of the author EUA
      Originally Posted by Vrindavan View Post

      regarding Transction Fee

      as a non-US paypal user receiving fund, i never need to pay any fee for receiving money, unless the company/person try to pay you money via "direct credit card transfer".

      Do you mean skimlink send money to you via direct credit card payment/transfer ?
      It's not for just US, they pay paypal fee for UK too.
      But if you are from another county they don't pay transaction fee. You can clearly see this at "Payment" panel at SkimLink. I don't have my payment yet.
      Please note: If you choose payment via PayPal, Skimlinks does not cover any fees that PayPal may charge.
      So that will drop from your payment. It's like $10 donations comes to your balance as ~$9,60...
      After some mailing, SkimLink CEO decided that SkimLink will cover PayPal fees too for international publishers and also she said that they will decrease payment threshold starting from September :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author harrietfredge
    I haven't tried using skimlinks.com but I've heard a lot of good reviews so I think that this would be worth a try, I'm checking it too if it would suit my preference.
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    • Profile picture of the author jerryp
      My experience with Skimlinks and Viglink has been disappointing. Before being dropped by Amazon as a California affiliate i had 4 or 5 sales a week. I went to Skimlinks and had 1 sale in 5 weeks. I then switched to Viglink and basically having the same poor results. Has anyone else experienced this decrease in sales?
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  • Profile picture of the author Vrindavan
    EUA

    your paypal account is a business account or personal account ?

    personal account can receive fund free of charge except receiving credit card payment
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  • Profile picture of the author EUA
    It's personal. I said but repeatin again, I don't receive any payment yet but this info write at SkimLink page. I asked about this warnign to CEO Alicia and She answered, they don't pay the paypal fees for other than UK-US. I will inspect this when my first payment reached to me. Also SkimLink will remove this issue at this month, after I will change that page :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    I was invited to use the skimlinks a few months back one of my busy forums and I was unsure at first, however, after enabling it on my forum I making quite good money, what surprises me so much is that I have never seen a link on my forum.

    So I don't think it retracts from the user experience nor does it take away from any other commissions on the site, so I'm quite happy with them.

    In fact, I'm more than happy with them
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandon Mack
    Hi CopyAcolyte,

    I have a large number of sites WP mage, Thin sites and a few Googlesniper sites after giving S'links a trial I moved 50% of my sites over from epn mainly due to the volatile nature of epn. The data from my trials showed me I was not losing any clicks and and had an alternative to epn if I should receive the dreaded epn email.


    The only negative (for now) is that I pay them a comission, but hey thats life


    Regards
    Jack
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    • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
      Originally Posted by Jack Blue View Post

      Hi CopyAcolyte,

      I have a large number of sites WP mage, Thin sites and a few Googlesniper sites after giving S'links a trial I moved 50% of my sites over from epn mainly due to the volatile nature of epn. The data from my trials showed me I was not losing any clicks and and had an alternative to epn if I should receive the dreaded epn email.


      The only negative (for now) is that I pay them a comission, but hey thats life


      Regards
      Jack
      Having the alternative available is extremely important with EPN. That alone makes it worth sending some business to SkimLinks.

      I've switched campaigns back and forth between EPN and SkimLinks depending on where the best return is.

      But one issue with SkimLinks is the length of time to get paid. EPN pays the next month. Not SkimLinks. So if you want your money before Christmas, you need to be moving your traffic back to EPN.

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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Kage
    This skimlinks is awesome although it looks like some wordpress plugins that do the same thing only this one has a lot more spunk in it.
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  • Profile picture of the author nevergiveup1999
    I noticed a large difference in clicks that were reported through Skimlinks and what Statcounter was showing. After emailing support, they said that "we don't monetize links with affiliate tags in them by default."
    So, if you previously had an Amazon Aff ID in your links and it is still there, Skimlinks will just ignore that click. That isn't going to work well if you can't earn from Amazon anymore.

    I am using WPZon and want to continue, but apparently you must have an Affiliate ID in order for the plugin to work. Anyone have any ideas how to get around this? Does Viglink ignore Amazon links with aff tags in them? Is there a different Amazon plugin that will work w/o an Associate ID?
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    • Profile picture of the author acunningham
      Originally Posted by nevergiveup1999 View Post

      I noticed a large difference in clicks that were reported through Skimlinks and what Statcounter was showing. After emailing support, they said that "we don't monetize links with affiliate tags in them by default."
      So, if you previously had an Amazon Aff ID in your links and it is still there, Skimlinks will just ignore that click. That isn't going to work well if you can't earn from Amazon anymore.

      I am using WPZon and want to continue, but apparently you must have an Affiliate ID in order for the plugin to work. Anyone have any ideas how to get around this? Does Viglink ignore Amazon links with aff tags in them? Is there a different Amazon plugin that will work w/o an Associate ID?
      Hi there -- Anna here w/ VigLink. If I understand the question correctly you are looking for a tool that can overwrite existing affiliate links? While VigLink does not do this by default, it is a feature you can enable. Under the "features" tab in a VigLink account you'll notice a setting option that says "reaffiliate affiliated links". Check this and you are set.

      Hope this helps --

      Cheers,
      Anna
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    • Profile picture of the author Kim S
      Originally Posted by nevergiveup1999 View Post

      I noticed a large difference in clicks that were reported through Skimlinks and what Statcounter was showing. After emailing support, they said that "we don't monetize links with affiliate tags in them by default."
      So, if you previously had an Amazon Aff ID in your links and it is still there, Skimlinks will just ignore that click. That isn't going to work well if you can't earn from Amazon anymore.

      I am using WPZon and want to continue, but apparently you must have an Affiliate ID in order for the plugin to work. Anyone have any ideas how to get around this? Does Viglink ignore Amazon links with aff tags in them? Is there a different Amazon plugin that will work w/o an Associate ID?
      I am looking into viglink and now skimlinks since I found it on the forum. I`m from Colo. so no Amazon affiliate for me. I wonder how long this will go on as more and more states are getting the axe from Amazon, but I digress. Anyways I asked Viglink about if it would work with Amazon plugins that you would need an affiliate I.D. with and they said no. So it must only work with actual text in body of article.
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  • Profile picture of the author EUA
    I heard that from lots of source, their click counts (and income also) is much more different using their own scripts. If your site earns much from amazon or ebay, you would better to code your own script with amazon/ebay override disabled at viglink/skimlink services. I will update the comparison of affiliate networks (you can look from my signature) page soon. I heard VigLink start to create links from text too... It's also good to include 123linkit services into my review. Wish, they start to support link affiliates soon.
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by EUA View Post

      I heard that from lots of source, their click counts (and income also) is much more different using their own scripts. If your site earns much from amazon or ebay, you would better to code your own script with amazon/ebay override disabled at viglink/skimlink services. I will update the comparison of affiliate networks (you can look from my signature) page soon. I heard VigLink start to create links from text too... It's also good to include 123linkit services into my review. Wish, they start to support link affiliates soon.
      Bit of a late reply... but, are you saying that skimlinks amazon override script doesn't fully work?
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  • Profile picture of the author Anticareer
    Skimlinks is legit. It is owned/run by Alicea and there are many articles out there about her and the company. A lot of people use it to:

    1. promote affiliate offers that they have been rejected for themselves
    2. promote Amazon when Amazon was banned in your state
    3. ease of use

    That said, they do take a 25% chunk of your earnings.
    So the question is would you pay 25% of your earnings in order to effectively have them manage your affiliate links on your site.

    I use them for one site where I have links going to 100's of different advertisers because it would be a nightmare for me to try to manage this myself and I'm willing to sacrifice the 25% for the time it saves me. On sites where I am only promoting a handful or less of affiliate programs I do not use Skimlinks because I'm not willing to pay them the 25% cut on those sites.
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