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IP.Board 3.4 Dev Update: VigLink

Posted by Mark , 22 August 2012 · 26,116 views

VigLink is a service which works with a number of affiliates to provide you commission when a user visits the affiliate from your website.
So, as an example, let's say someone posts a link to an Amazon item on your community, with VigLink integration, you'll be provided with compensation every time a user purchases that item if they bought it after following the link from your site.

VigLink, and services like it, have been a popular addition for many of our clients and we have received requests for built in integration. Monetizing your community is something IPS has been working to enhance support for over the recent years. From ad code integration spots to our full commerce system IP.Nexus our clients who are interested in monetizing their community have benefited greatly. The addition of VigLink enhances those offerings.

This video provides more information on how VigLink works:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0X-hQFYqGI


We've been working closely with VigLink to provide direct integration with this service in IP.Board 3.4.

Setting it up couldn't be easier - we've built a new page in the Admin CP called "Community Enhancements" which lists all of the services we integrate with. You simply click on "VigLink" in this page and you'll be taken to the VigLink site where you can either sign up, or log in with your existing VigLink account, if you have one:

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Once that's done - you're all setup. You don't need to copy and paste any code - the integration will be enabled for you, and you can now track your usage through your VigLink account.

There's a number of settings you can configure for finer control over how the system works. You can set which users VigLink applies to (both in terms of who gets redirected through them and whose posts get VigLink enabled) and you can disable the system on a per-forum basis:
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We'll also be releasing an update to our iOS app around the 3.4 release to support this integration too. IPS benefits financially through a reciprocal marketing agreement when someone uses VigLink through our software however we do not take any cut of the commission offered from VigLink to you. Anyone familiar with IPS knows that taking a cut is not how we would operate :smile:


Community Enhancements Section

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Mentioned earlier in this entry, the AdminCP has a new section called Community Enhancements. This area contains all the various external services that your IPS Community Suite can use to enhance your community. It's not all new though: we have moved services like our Spam Monitoring Service to this section as that too is an external enhancement to your community.

We are also introducing some new services that will integrate with your community in this section! Certain services are from external partners, like VigLink, that clients may opt to use and some are new IPS-created services. Some services are free and some carry a small cost depending on the nature of what's being offered. They are all of course optional and if you do not enable them they do not execute or engage any resources in the Suite.

Keep an eye out for future blog entries introducing these new Community Enhancements!

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bikedorkseattle
Aug 22 2012 10:32 AM
I'd love to hear some VigLink success stories because for us the returns sucked, and we've done pretty well monetizing our site. The worst part of their service is they track every click leaving your site, whether it is affiliate or not. So they gain a lot of analytics insight that I suspect they could sell. Sorry just not a fan of this Google back venture.
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We used it for 6 months or so, got pretty good returns. Using skimlinks now though.
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so this is something like adsense? never use it before
I can't seem to find any info about how much the commision would be with VigLink. Skimlink use a 25:75 split which isn't bad.

Do anybody know the commision?
meh, i think time could of been spent other much needed things tbh...
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Viglink is the same 25:75 split. I've been on skimlinks for 1 month, I'm giving viglink a 1 month trial run as well see which one performs better. Skimlinks seems to have much nicer analytic's thats for Viglinks has a rather annoying design.
I don't understand why forums are trying to integrate affiliate products into their systems. I was not happy with VB when they did this.

No offense, but I just think that development could be spent better on features and enhancements. Most people who do affiliate marketing know how to put the code into their own websites. Yes, VB & IPB make it easier with these partnerships they've aquired. But, whose to say that the majority of customers prefer one affiliate program over another? And whose to say that those affiliate programs won't go belly up in the near future?

Not trying to sound like a complainer...but there are many other features in the feedback forums that would benefit end-users (the people who are most important to please) a lot more.

I'd much rather use Nexus and do it my own way. Nexus is your strength for advertisements! Why not enhance Nexus to allow admins to auto ad their own preferred affiliate links and/or sponsered links to words? Admins could sell sponsored links and make more money. Or they could add affiliate links and get a commission. I'd rather not let a third party handle this type of advertisements. I know, I know...it's optional. But, I'm not sharing any of my commission with a third party. Ugh! Nexus could have been perfect for this type of advertising...
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VigLinkWhitney
Aug 22 2012 05:28 PM
Hi All! Whitney from VigLink here. MGBrose is right, VigLink and SkimLinks offer the same 25:75 commission split.

VigLink is an option for those who want an automated link-affiliation solution. It's certainly true that link affiliation can be done manually, but our technology exists so that admins don't have to spend their time doing this. It makes monetization easier for many people, and is not the right solution for others.

We're excited about working with IPB, and we're happy to answer any questions you may have about using VigLink. Please feel free to email supportATviglinkDOTcom at any time.

Thanks!
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I always kind of looked away from vbulletin because they incorporated this kind of feature..but if it's what clients asked for based on feedback then more power to IPS right? Overall, I don't care for viglinks, but I do feel that it's just another setting being tacked on by IPS which is odd since they have recently been so against adding unnecessary settings. This kind of thing is really hook territory IMO.

But ignoring that, I'm very interested to see what else is in Community Enhancements. That's a good idea to put everything in one spot. I'm sure Google Analytics and Ad Integration will be shoved in there.
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but I do feel that it's just another setting being tacked on by IPS which is odd since they have recently been so against adding unnecessary settings. This kind of thing is really hook territory IMO.


My thoughts exactly. I like IPB because it feels clean and doesn't have a bunch of unnecessary third party code.

My worry is that these extra addons will add more code to the templates and more calls to see if they are enabled or not. I like clean templates. I'd rather not have extra code in them for third parties even if they are disabled.

If you'd rather Nexus handle this type of advertisements, please add your comments here: http://community.inv...red-word-links/
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We know some people will have no interest in this but some people do want it. That's why it's optional :)

The same will be true of the other enhancements we will be announcing. Some will like them some won't.

Trust us that we won't do anything evil ;)

We know some people will have no interest in this but some people do want it. That's why it's optional :smile:

The same will be true of the other enhancements we will be announcing. Some will like them some won't.

Trust us that we won't do anything evil ;)


But, how much extra third party code will be added to the templates for these extra addons? And how many calls to see if they are enabled or not?

I already delete fb and twit code from some templates. I'd rather not have to go through and delete more third party stuff out.

And how many other third parties will there be addons added for?

I'm not trying to be an a**. Just wondering how much more stuff I'll have to delete to keep the templates minimal. I'm certainly not a coder.
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We know some people will have no interest in this but some people do want it. That's why it's optional :smile:

The same will be true of the other enhancements we will be announcing. Some will like them some won't.

Trust us that we won't do anything evil ;)

My issue is just that I feel this is contradictory to your reasons for removing features from 3.1.4 -> 3.2. Those could've stayed optional as well.

@CallieJo ~ Calls to check if something is enabled or not really isn't a big deal IMO.

Maybe it's just VigLink itself. I've always associated it with Vbulletin in the back of my head.
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As I said we know some people would not like this but please keep in mind some people do really like it. Take the first few comments here - people clearly use these services and having it easier to integrate is a pro.

We greatly respect some may not like it which is why, as the blog entry says, if you do not enable these features they do not execute. Just keep in mind that IPS has to try to provide things for everyone. Not everyone will like everything we do but this is why we always try to give people options and settings to tailor their community to their needs :)
Not to mention all the other awesome things we have planned for you for 3.4 :D
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I like VigLink, kind of suprised to hear about it from you guys. Is there any plans to check for AdBlocker and request certain usergroups from browsing the community while its turned on. I can see allowing my members to use Adblock, but just the occasional leech.....maybe even prevent Adblock from being used in certain sections of the website?

Example, prevent guests from using Adblock in the Download Manager or Gallery.
AFAIK there isn't a way to check if a user has adblock installed as it's a browser plugin. I've not looked into it extensively, admittedly.

AFAIK there isn't a way to check if a user has adblock installed as it's a browser plugin. I've not looked into it extensively, admittedly.


FYI there's a hook in the marketplace that denies access to the forum if the user has adblocker installed.
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Any chance support for skim links will be added? In the UK, skim links pays better as we dont lose money through currency conversions.

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