I’ve been a partner with Skimlinks for a number of years, I first signed up in 2010, and continue to be impressed with the service. Today I take a look at why I continue to use them to gain extra income.
How can Skimlinks earn me extra money?
Skimlinks is a very simple service, most hobby bloggers should be familiar with Internet affiliate programs. You sign up to the affiliate scheme, you insert tagged links into your site, you earn a small commission every time a referral leads to a sale on the site.
This is all well and good but there are stack loads of affiliate schemes out there, multiple networks and it’s easy to get bogged down in administrating all this. If you are a one man (woman) shop then you can’t afford to get bogged down in keeping these links up to date. You won’t have the time to sign up to every scheme out there and make the most out of every link that gets posted on your site.
This is where Skimlinks comes in. With a simple bit of code Skimlinks will keep an eye out for any links on your site that are not being monitised. It will automagically track these links and ensure that you make money from the referrals that you make. Most site systems (WordPress, vBulletin, etc) will have plugins making installation easy, even without these it won’t take much to get running and the Skimlinks team will help you.
Another big win is the monitisation of user generated content. If your site has comments or a forum then it is likely your users will post links to products across many online stores. These links can sometimes end up referring way more people than your carefully written articles! Skimlinks ensures that you make some money off these too.
What much can I earn from Skimlinks?
This will of course depend on how much traffic your sites gets and what your site is about, but I found that Skimlinks was able to give a nice little boost. Analysis shows that most of this additional income is derived from user posted links in forums. I tend to stick to my own Amazon affiliated links in core content.
Here’s my income from December, which is typically higher than normal thanks to Christmas:
For a hobby blogger, this is actually a nice little bonus for very little effort. By installing their WordPress plugin or uploading their code onto your bespoke site, you can begin to monetise your non-affiliate links that are actually making sales for you.
Of course Skimlinks do make money from this, they take a small cut from most (but not all) merchants – see their website for the full details on this, but I don’t mind this because it still means I get some extra cash from my websites that I would never have otherwise received.