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  • Skimlinks Integration with vBulletin

    Monetize your vBulletin forum with Skimlinks

    vBulletin is happy to announce it has integrated with Skimlinks. We feel their free technology is a neat addition to help monetize a forum in an unobtrusive fashion, and we’ve negotiated a bonus earnings offer just for vBulletin customers if you enable Skimlinks via vBulletin.

    Since 2008, Skimlinks has been helping thousands of forums earn money when they drive purchases online, without altering the look and feel of the forum at all.

    Simply enable Skimlinks (see below), it takes 5 minutes, and you’ll start earning.

    How does Skimlinks work?
    Skimlinks seamlessly converts existing links on your site to online retailers such as eBay and Amazon into affiliate links – when clicked. Skimlinks has pre-approved relationships with over 12,000 merchants and is now integrated into Vbulletin so you can just enable it and start earning.

    Skimlinks doesn’t add anything new to your page, no banners, no pop-ups. It's a subtle way of capturing value from outbound traffic leaving your site, without interrupting your community.

    Why do you think its really good for forums?
    Firstly, forums can drive a lot of purchase intent, and secondly its not annoying! Skimlinks is nearly invisible in action, when users click on a retailer link, the click momentarily goes through a redirect (to add the affiliate tracking) before arriving at the original destination page. There are no interruptions such as pop-ups when hovering on links, or distractions such as adding more banners to your page.

    What if I don’t have many retailer links on my forum?
    Skimlinks has another product called SkimWords, which automatically links product references in your content to geo-targeted shopping links. You don’t need to have any existing product links in your content at all. You can optionally turn on SkimWords when enabling Skimlinks.

    Does it cost anything to utilize?
    No, Skimlinks is free to use.

    How do I enable Skimlinks?
    Skimlinks literally takes a few minutes to get going.
    · If you have vBulletin 4.1.2 or above, Skimlinks is already integrated, its under the Advertising section of your Admin Control panel.
    · If you have vBulletin 3.x, you can download the plugin here

    To enable Skimlinks via your Admin Control Panel, enter a few account details, turn it on and you’ll be live.

    Can I test and roll it out gradually, and choose who it gets displayed to?
    Absolutely. Via your Admin Control Panel you can customize which forums and usergroups Skimlinks is enabled for. There is also an option to allow members to disable Skimlinks, as well as the ability to only enable Skimlinks for older posts.

    How much can I earn?
    Lots. Most forum websites will earn a similar amount by enabling Skimlinks as they do with having basic Adsense advertisements – depending on the nature of the website. Sites devoted to electronic goods, and other purchasable items work really really well.

    Does vBulletin take any of my earnings?
    Not at all. vBulletin does receive some income but this is strictly out of Skimlinks’ own revenue share. In fact, you will earn more by signing up via vBulletin because of the special deal we have negotiated.

    *What is the bonus earnings offer?
    As thanks for joining up through vBulletin, If you keep Skimlinks live for 6 months Skimlinks will add an additional 5% bonus of your first 6 months’ earnings (one time bonus, limit one per publisher).

    Does vBulletin gain access to any of my data – earnings, statistics etc?
    No – we do not.

    Is there a guide to setting it up and optimizing Skimlinks?
    Skimlinks provides a setup guide and a best practices guide on using Skimlinks on forums.

    How do I sign up?
    Sign up is very easy and done within your Admin Control Panel. Navigate to the Skimlinks menu (if you are vBulletin 3.x you need to download and install the plugin first, vBulletin 4.1.2 and above Skimlknks is already integrated) Click ‘Activate New Account’

    I have other questions?
    Check out the Skimlinks FAQ at http://skimlinks.com/faq or feel free to contact Skimlinks they will be very happy to answer your questions.
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    IB Adrian Originally from a small farm in Tasmania-Australia, a mechanical engineer, now living in Los Angeles working on a Forum Software. Life has an amazing way of changing! Find out more about IB Adrian

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