I recently started using a free automated affiliate marketing service to monetize my website. The service is through industry leaders Skimlinks, who have been the top innovators in the affiliate marketing space since 2008. The UK-based company recognized that manual affiliate marketing is complicated and often too time consuming for most people to actually make any money from. With this, and the publishers’ best interest, in mind they set out to reward publishers for the role that they play in generating purchase intent. This is a review of my experience with Skimlinks.

Their sign-up process was incredibly easy and once approved, you have access to all of the merchants in their system. Skimlinks works with thirty-seven different affiliate networks, giving its users access to nearly 18,000 merchants across all verticals. Implementation is quick; just install one line of code or a plug-in for certain platforms.

SkimLinks will now find any product links that I place on my site (in text or on images) and turn them into tracked affiliate links. I don’t have to do any work outside of placing the links. I also recently started using their SkimWords product, a context-aware phrase linking tool that can find product and merchant references in-text and creates affiliate deep links. So, now, I no longer have to even add product links.All of the purchases, clicks, and commissions coming through my Skimlinks links are recorded in the publisher interface. Daily commissions reports, calculated eCPCs, merchant reports, outbound link reports and more are all laid out in one place; no more checking into every affiliate network!

Also in the publisher interface, there is an array of tools at your disposal. eBay and Amazon search widgets for your site, a URL shortener, APIs; and it seems that they have more to come. Under “My Account” you can add domains and change your payment information. Once you hit the $10 threshold, Skimlinks can initiate your monthly payments via PayPal or check.

How could this possibly be free? Skimlinks costs nothing to use, but they do get a small percentage of your commissions. Much of this cost is offset, however, by their Preferred Partner Program. Due to their size and reputation, they are able to negotiate higher commissions with merchants, so that they can then pass the extra cash on to you.

Overall, I’ve found Skimlinks to be really easy to use and a fantastic new revenue stream for my site. It is unobtrusive, so it doesn’t bother my users, and I can trust that there won’t be any inappropriate display ads or ugly pop-ups. Rather than pushing products with display ads, I can focus on creating great content and let my site speak for itself. Want to learn more about Skimlinks service? Check out their website : www.skimlinks.com, or contact their support staff, via support@skimlinks.com .