As part of a general drive for 2011 to attempt to increase revenue on AusGamers, we are experimenting with an affiliate linking system which automatically converts links to some online merchants to affiliate links.
I've tested this reasonably thoroughly and am pretty happy with it as it appears to be totally transparent and doesn't have any impact on the user experience at all.
We've tried affiliate programmes in the past with close to zero success, but we've never actually put any effort into it, which has probably been why.
AusGamers makes a little bit of money from online advertising, but we really want to grow the site this year - hiring one more person would make a huge difference to everyone's workload here and we need to increase our revenue to make that happen. We've never really put a lot of effort into this side of the site before because we've been happy to just have it ticking along quietly in the background, but now we're going to see what we can do.
What we're testing now:
This new system (called VigLink) is partnered with huge range of popular online merchants, including eBay, Amazon, and iTunes - sites that people commonly buy things from.
It is my hope that we can generate revenue off this to the point where we can cut back on advertising (or at the very least, stop ramping up advertising). We'd obviously love to be able to run the site without advertising but the trend is certainly leaning towards more, not less, so I am checking out as many other options as possible.
So I'm hoping everyone will be tolerant of this change - and maybe even willing to support us by coming through AusGamers when you want to make a purchase on any of these sites. Even one purchase off iTunes for some game will mean a few cents coming to us, and all that will add up.
How you can help support AusGamers:
If you buy anything online from one of the support merchants, doing it from a link on this forum would be awesome.
The links are automatically and seamlessly converted at click-time - you almost certainly won't notice any difference. If you post your link
I have made a testing megathread in the For Sale forum here
- all you need to do is post your link there, then click through to it from our site and we will (in theory) get a small chunk of change for each purchase.
I realise it's a vexing extra step, but your support would be greatly appreciated.
I'm also interested in any ideas anyone else has to help make this work.
For example, one thing I'm thinking of is maybe we can get a dedicated ebay expert (or experts) to keep everyone updated with interesting tech stuff/deals that crop up on ebay. I know nothing about ebay (my account is probably over 10 years old and I have bought exactly one thing from ebay in that time) so any suggestions there would be good.