Goodbye viglink, I do not cry for you

Last Update: November 30, 2018

My experience with Viglink, not funny

Hello everybody, here I am again with a little in-between post.

Perhaps you do not know what Viglink does

I signed up for having Viglink on both my websites about one year ago. To have it you need to install a plugin. This you do in the hope to earn an extra little money as you are paid per click on the links they put. Viglink will scan your page/post and convert a word into a blue link which then leads to something relevant to the text of your article.

Some time ago I wrote a post on the soap of Cleopatra, so if Viglink converts the word soap into a link which leads you to a place where you can buy natural soaps I think that is ok.

I never noticed much on the earning side of this issue, I mean, what do I do with 0,0000?, but a few months ago I did notice something strange. On the H2 of a post suddenly 1 word became a link, that looked rather odd. Some weeks later I got a comment on a post in which I tell about Your right to clean drinking water, I received this disturbing news. I was told that the link water filter led to the website of a store. That store was selling nearly everything but no water filters. I had to answer on this comment, sorry, that is not my link, and then send this person a good link to water filters. This was rather embarrassing but what could I do?

Then again some weeks later I had a PM conversation with Jim on my post about Nitrates in Greens. He pointed out that twice the word green was a link which led the person who clicked on it to a company who makes green awnings for mobile homes etc. That was the last drop and I deactivated the plugin.

If you decide to install Viglink on your website I have to tell you to control all the links they put otherwise you might be in for an unpleasant surprise.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske

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MineThatBird Premium
This is such a great title!
Very helpful post - I had an okay experience with Viglink years ago, but more recently I completely regretted having their code on my website. ("Goodbye viglink, I do not cry for you," indeed! I second that!)

Years ago there were some advantages to Viglink; in my own experience that no longer seems to be the case.

From your description it sounds like it has gotten even worse due to linking to random unrelated websites/stores/products (ugh) as described in your post.
Cheers,
Kate
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Kate,

Thank you for your comment. I got the tip from Jerry Huang from one of his posts but for me, it did not function.
The same happened with Google Adsense, also wrote a post about that, they invaded even the comment section, it looked absolutely awful.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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GiuliaB Premium
Sorry for catching up with your blog only now, Taetske, but thanks for the heads up. I've never heard of Viglink, but it sounds similar to Google Adsense by the sound of it. Only, I guess with Adsense you can actually see the ads that Google matches to your niche - and some of them not always are relevant.
Yep, I don't think I shall waste my time with Viglinks. Thank you :)

Giulia
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Giulia,

Well, the opinions are somehow divided, but as you can read in my case it was not a success. It did not make me money but quite some trouble.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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JeannineC Premium
Okay, let's get some things straight about Viglink. I've known that company for years; I know the founder, the CEO, and most of the team.

You do not get paid per click - you get paid per sale. The example you used of "green" make sense given their algorithms - the reader was taken to someplace talking about green items.

I suspect that the Viglink algorithms were having difficulty identifying what your posts were about, so they were trying to automatically find something that fits. Given your variety of topics, perhaps automated linking isn't the right strategy for you, and that's fine. Viglink doesn't work for everyone, but they do work quite well for many, many sites.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Jeannine,

Thank you for your comment. I got this idea from Jerry Huang and as he is so clever and successful I gave it a try. As you can read from my post it did not function well for my websites so I think I am better off without them.
To be told that the water filter link does not lead to water filters, that is annoying, to say the least.
Now I am back to the basics and that is to write posts.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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newmarketpro Premium
Hi Taetske,
That's frustrating and funny at the same time. With Viglink, you need to have the right configuration and setting it right, otherwise something funny like this would happened. And the program you choose have to be aligned with your website, otherwise non-related product links would appear on your site.

I have abandoned the platform long time ago with similar reason as they could not read your site and offer the right products correctly. Everything is on random basis.
Thanks for sharing.

:)Joe
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Joe,

It was presented to me that they would find links related to my posts, not the other way around. We had already all this trouble with Google Adsense as they were all over the place making my website look ugly. That was possible to modify and now they are only in the sidebar and footer.
Now it is peaceful again and I can concentrate on writing instead of running after possible pennies.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Marley2016 Premium
Taetske,
Thank you for sharing - I for one do not use Adsense
or any other means to take a visitor away from my own
website - they can leave on their own without encouragement
to click on a link to someone else. More of a chance to
make a commission than a couple of pennies with them.
Thanks again,
Susan
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Susan.

I fully understand your point of view.
You see, my sites are not really selling sites, they are more information sites. I do put Amazon books related to the subject. That is why I thought I could try with Viglink but experience has told me it is no good for my sites.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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bpais1 Premium
Glad to hear you finally got rid of Vigilink, Taetske.

Your "How to improve macular degeneration" page looks much better, now! No more irrelevant "green" links.

And - Thanks!

1) For crediting me - for notifying you about the issue.
2) For keeping your backlink to my website on the post. (By the way, this is how I discovered your Vigilink issue - if you remember.)

Jim
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Jim,

Yes, you were my helper in this. I never thought to check those "green" links. It seems they also change their links so it is near impossible to be up to date on their movements.
I think my websites look more serious now all this nonsense is gone.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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free4life Premium
Yep, had not ever heard of it. Sorry that you had such an experience, but you are wiser now and have learned from it. I am always thankful when others share the bad experiences they have had, it helps us to prevent further hardship from these companies. Thank you Taetske!
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Frank and Tina,

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.
I also had problems with Google Adsense as I gave them carte blanche. They even squeezed themselves into comments, it looked awful. Now they are only allowed on the sidebar and footer, that looks much better.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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PMindra Premium
Good morning, Taetske.
Sorry to hear about your bad experience.

I have never used the service so thanks for the heads up.

All the best to you.

Regards from Canada.

Paul.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Paul,

Oh well, that is life. As long as I get out of it victorious.
My websites look a lot better now that most of that stuff has disappeared.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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PMindra Premium
PM me a link to your site. I'd love to have a look.

Or provide some some keywords for me to enter and I can find it myself.

Best regards.

Paul.
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laparra1 Premium
I will do so straight away.
I have just sent some Wa friends a little email, I will forward it to you too.

Taetske
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Nick-at-WA Premium
Thanks for letting us know.
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laparra1 Premium
You are welcome, Nick.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Robkerry Premium
Great Post, thanks for the warning.
Rob
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JackieSmith Premium
Sorry you had to go through this.

I read a mixed bag of reviews on this ad tool so I err on the side of caution and didn't install.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Jackie,

Well, it is a learning process which never seems to end, just like in real life.
I think my websites look more serious without all that stuff going on.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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JackieSmith Premium
Most definitely. Sometimes less is more.

All the best from South London 😉
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Sorry to hear you found many bad apples using their service. If you look them up, the experiences are mixed, several report the same issues you are having and others are happy with the service.

Anyway, one rotten apple is one too much, so you were right to remove them from your site.

Up to the next one, which one will it be Taetske?
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Stefan,

I have Google Adsense but only in the sidebar and footer. Before I gave them carte blanche and they even spread inside comments, that looked awful.
I think my websites now look a lot better and I will not experiment anymore.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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ToLiNoLi Premium
My theme supports Adsense, but i have not decided yet if it can make sense for my niche at all. Mine is a bit out of the ordinary as you know by now lol :))

I think integrating good affiliate programs should what to aim for.

Have a great one.

Stefan
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lynnsam61 Premium
After hearing this I'll avoid Viglink. Thanks for sharing.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Erica,

Nice to see you again. How is your nice smelling website doing? I hope well. I can imagine a lot of people will visit to get inspiration what to buy for Christmas.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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davehayes Premium
Thanks for sharing this, I usually stick to my Plugins criteria when choosing
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Dave,

Thank you for stopping by and your link, left a comment.
I am ok with 5 and really do not need more.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Loes Premium
I wouldn't like it too when people are redirected to sites I don't endorse.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Loes,

I think my websites look much better again after Viglink is out and having taken Google Adsense in a wurggreep, now they cannot do strange things anymore.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Loes Premium
Yes, I put up a fight with Google Adsense too, but I won!
Enjoy your weekend Taetske
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smartketeer Premium
I agree Taetske!

Viglink is rubbish ,,,
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Zed,

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment.
I also had a problem with Google Adsense who literally invaded everything on my website, squeezing adds into comments. Got a grip on them so now they are in the sidebar and also footer. My website looks a lot nicer.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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smartketeer Premium
Adsense?

Yep ... Another khmmm ... I won't say it

But here is my opinion
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laparra1 Premium
Ok Zed, I will swap my link for yours. Taetske
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smartketeer Premium
I'd say that we agree :)
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StunningBell Premium
You are right, I deactivated mine about 3 months ago. They don't just deliver.

Thanks for your honest post.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Laurine,

Now that is what I call rapido. I had not even pressed published yet and you had commented on my post.
Hope all is well with you.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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