Affiliate marketing is a great idea if you have a niche website, targeting specific subjects. It’s not so great when your subjects span just about everything in the universe. On top of that, affiliate marketing can be a royal pain in the ass, especially when the affiliate links have expired or when they’re changed on the other end. There are alternatives to affiliate marketing in the traditional sense and I’d like to highlight just a couple in a moment.
I like to call affiliate networks what they really are, middlemen. They consolidate affiliate offers in one place and take a piece of the pie whenever you use them.
A much better idea is to deal with the companies and other entities directly. Unfortunately, most of them use one affiliate network or another. The Google Affiliate Network, Commission Junction. Amazon and ShareASale are just a few that come to mind immediately.
So, what do you do when you like doing affiliate sales, but don’t like going through the motions?
Infolinks is a pay per click model, not an affiliate network. It works in much the same way, however, by embedding links that point to other websites.
I make a small chunk of change every day by using Infolinks, so I’m not going to retire it anytime soon. There is another service, however, that can compliment it in an affiliate network kind of way.
If affiliate sales trip your trigger, you can’t go wrong with VigLink. Even if you’re a successful affiliate marketer, VigLink can do something that you can’t: Turn text that isn’t monetized into affiliate links. If I write about Logitech products and I don’t have an affiliate link for that product among all my affiliate links, for example, VigLink will turn some of those links into affiliate links for me.
Of course, like all middlemen, VigLink gets a cut. What I like about their service is that it doesn’t interfere with anything else. It won’t affect your direct affiliate links, your other middlemen links, or any other embedded links already in place.
I don’t know if their links override the links created by Infolinks and I don’t care. Infolinks has a huge inventory and it doesn’t deal specifically with products or services. Unless you write about products and services all the time, it shouldn’t make a difference.
Monetizing in General
When you spend a lot of time writing online, and you don’t have a lot of ways to effectively monetize your content independently, you have to rely on outside services. The idea is to make as much money as possible without annoying your visitors.
Good affiliate marketers know this. Those that aren’t so good, well, don’t.
If you like affiliate marketing but don’t like doing the affiliate marketing routine, or if you want to monetize additional text for places you’re not affiliated with, you should give VigLink a try.
There aren’t many alternatives to affiliate marketing. You have to rely on the pay per click model, like with Google AdSense, Infolinks and others, affiliate marketing, or independent marketing. Independent marketing includes lead generation and marketing your own products or services.
I once read that there was something like 101 ways to make money online. I don’t agree.