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IDG Ventures on Vator Box checks out VigLink

A look at an ad solutions to help publishers monetize outbound links

Innovation series by Bambi Francisco Roizen
November 14, 2011 | Comments
Short URL: http://vator.tv/n/2106


Many publishers often make recommendations about books or products, and link off to sites like Amazon so their readers can buy the books or products. Amazon pays the publisher for these links if that reader ends up buying a product. Did you know that there are 15,000 such affiliate programs that will pay for your reader base either if they buy a product or just visit? One company trying to connect publishers with those programs is called VigLink

On this week's Vator Box with Ezra Roizen and Bambi Francisco, Alex Rosen of IDG Ventures joins us as our guest host. Oliver Roup, CEO and founder of VigLink, which is backed by Google Ventures, First Round and Emergence Capital, was the entrepreneur in the spotlight. 

Here are highlights from this segment:

- Roup pulls off a very polished pitch, reflecting his confidence and experience. In less than 90 seconds, he explains VigLinks value proposition and market opportunity. According to Roup, there are 15,000 merchants that offer affiliate programs which pay out about $2.5 billion every year in the U.S.  For publishers, VigLink is easy to install. The company's software is installed on sites that on aggregate generate five billion pageviews a month.  

- VigLink can give back to publishers within 20% of what Google's AdSense generates for a publisher. On a CPM (cost-per-thousand) basis, it can generate CPMs of $3 to $5.

- VigLink is completely incremental and is non-duplicative with other advertising solutions, such as Google's AdSense, Kontera and Vibrant.

- VigLink works with a number of customers, such as Internet Brands, PC World and MacWorld. Forums are also well monetized via Viglink. There are potentially tons of outbound links that are not monetized on forums.

- VigLink takes 25% of the affiliate programs fees, and the rest goes to the publisher.  

- No single customer accounts for 20% of VigLink's revenue. And, no single merchant accounts for a big bulk of affiliate fees paid out.

Watch the rest of Vator Box to hear Oliver give his pitch and Ezra Roizen (host) and Bambi Francisco (host) and Alex Rosen (guest host) give their feedback. 

 


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VigLink
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Description: VigLink automatically affiliates existing links to merchants and advertisers, and creates new links by analyzing web page content for pro...
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Ezra Roizen
General Manager,
STRATEGYfx, LLC
Bio: Advisor and commenter on emerging ventures, focused on digital media, e-commerce and mobile companies.My transactional activities are per...
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Oliver Roup
Founder / CEO,
VigLink
Bio:  Previously, Oliver was a Director at Microsoft focused on media products. He has worked for Microsoft founder Paul Allen at Vulcan,...
Bio: Alex Rosen is a Managing Director with IDG Ventures. He combines 18 years of venture capital experience with a deep understanding of tech...
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