How to Monetize your Blog when you have NO TIME

HELP I HAVE NO TIME.  As per the usual story of my life…this post discusses how I am trying to optimize my blog when my spare time is firmly in the minus zone.  Like a lot of us, my ultimate goal is to generate passive income from my blog.    Most people don’t like to talk money or business, which I completely understand.  But in my estimation, there is no shame in approaching your blog as a business!

*Full Disclosure – this post contains affiliate links.  I would never promote anything I hadn’t tried, tested and LOVED.  The opinions expressed below are my own, I have not been compromised by the sway of the mighty dollar!  Check out my full policy here

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Affiliate Links are Bad M’Kay

Jokes.  I’m not offended when I see affiliate links in a post.  Quite the opposite actually, I’m stoked for that person.  It means they are CRUSHING!  I try to support my fellow bloggers by making purchases through their links when I can.  It doesn’t cost me any extra and my blogging pal gets a kick back for their recommendation.

Let’s add some context to my time issue.  When I mentioned earlier that my spare time is like ZERO NON…This isn’t because I have a kickin’ social life by the way.  Ooooh no.  I’m a total workaholic.  I have my main job, my side gig AND THEN my passion project, my blog baby.  So, it is of my own making, but what can I say, I’m ambitious and proud!

Although for spare time, ambition does not make.   I simply don’t have the time to scour through every single affiliate programme out there to find which one resonates with me and my blog.  PLUS, as my disclaimer says I would never recommend something just for the sake of it.  That’s not my bag baby.


Don’t get me wrong I’m part of few affiliate gigs already.  Like *Tailwind, *SiteGround and *Mastering Pinterest with Ell.  But that’s all I have time for at the minute.  I haven’t even touched the surface of my Share a Sale and Awin accounts yet!

I just wish there was a way to:

a) save time scouring available affiliate programmes

b) make affiliate marketing fit seamlessly into my posts

SIGH, if only.

He he he

You didn’t think I’d wet your appetite if there wasn’t such a thing did you?  I stumbled upon this *affiliate marketing revolution earlier in the week.  This weekend was supposed to be my first weekend away from my blog cuz it’s my BIRTHDAY soon.  Woo!  But I saw this and couldn’t wait to share it with you.


What the Frig is *VigLink?

So, what the frig is a *VigLink when it’s at home?  It is affiliate marketing in STEALTH MODE.  VigLink converts ordinary on page links (product recommendations and the like) into monetized links that give you a financial kick back from relevant clicks or sales.

The links have to fall within their list of merchants.  But don’t worry … THERE ARE LOADS.  70,000 to be exact.  No big deal.  At first glance I can see Benefit Cosmetics, Amazon, Ebay to name a few of the big dawgs!

It’s super easy to implement.  Once you *join you are provided with a HTML code to insert into the pages, or posts that you wish to monetize.  In theory, you could even add the code to your site’s Head Tag?  Although I will have to test that and get back to you.  Anyway, it’s a pretty seamless / hassle free experience.

Plus, it’s great if you don’t feel comfortable with sales, because it’s only things that you would be recommending to your readers anyway.  VigLink takes care of the rest. Woo! Whilst you create your content, they sort out tracking documents and monitor retailers.

FURTHERMORE, VigLink can be used on your existing site links too.  So all that kick-ass content from before you discovered affiliate marketing can also be monetized.  *Happy tears*

Anyway, I’ve got to crack on with my day.  I’ve got an afternoon tea with my Mum to get to!  I just wanted to let you know about the cool resource I found.  Birthday weekend off can now resume.

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  1. Kate

    December 2, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Well, I’m going to bookmark this post because my upbeat boutique is not monetized yet. I already have a full time job and I’m not sure how blog income (if any) would work out fiscally. So, I’ve been studying the different ways of monetizing and this looks like a big time saver.

    Kate |

  2. Taiwo

    December 2, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Thank you so much for this post Rachael! I’d never heard of VigLink before but it sounds so great! I’ll definitely check it out!
    Taiwo xx

  3. Julie

    December 2, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing Rachael. I just signed up with VigLink, looking into some affiliate programs to apply to!

  4. John James

    December 2, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Thanks this could be very useful at the moment my blog is new but one day I intend to monetize my blog and have saved this post.

  5. Joan Senio

    December 3, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Hi Rachael, this came at the absolute best time for me. I’ve been struggling to find a way to monetize my blog that I feel comfortable with. I’d love to be able to reduce all those hours on the day job and the side gig (sound familiar?). Hope you have an awesome birthday and thanks again for sharing this info about VigLink!

  6. Ruth

    December 5, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I’ve done a little bit of monetisation, primarily through SiteGround, but other schemes are a little trickier to include. Although, I’m having more luck at this time of year because of gift guides etc. I’ve heard of VigLink before but wasn’t too clear on what it was, or what it did, so thank you for breaking it down in such an easy way. I’ll need to check out their list of merchants! 🙂


    December 20, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I use Viglink, but I think they could do better if they incorporated more marketing tools like Banners. I don’t really get maximum results just by using links.

    1. rachaelhope90

      December 20, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      This is a great point! Totally agree! I did manage to get a banner for my homepage when I first wrote this post. It was fine … and then a few weeks later I went to look, and the banner had been removed and replaced with the text ‘VigLink banner’ lol! I’m going to try to maximise more in the new year with a few product reviews from the list of merchants 🙂 I love the idea in theory though! I will be writing an update for a few months on 🙂 thanks for the comment

  8. Jam Nesreen

    January 9, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Omg!! Thank you for this! I will surely download that and make use of it. This busy bee needed a bit of help to keep her blog with the monetizing part. So grateful for this post, really.

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