How To Earn Money From Blogging With Skimlinks

If you want to know how to earn money from blogging without selling your own products and services, here’s some good news. In a word, it’s Skimlinks.

I’ve started using Skimlinks on this blog,, as a hassle-free way to earn some extra money from blogging, and I like what I see.

Perhaps you’re already earning enough money from blogging. If so, congratulations! living the Internet vagabond dream.You don’t need to know how to earn money from blogging with Skimlinks or any other “content monetization” service.

But if you’re like most aspiring business bloggers, your blog earns you a few dollars here and there. Or even a few hundred dollars a month. But you’re not ready to fire your boss and live the Internet vagabond life just yet…

Cut Out The Hassles Of Affiliate Blogging

Building affiliate income from blogging takes time and effort. Bloggers often get bogged down in stuff like searching for affiliate products to promote. When you apply to join an affiliate program, you can wait several days only to be rejected.

And whenever you want to use an affiliate link, you have to log in and locate it. Then you have to embed it in the blog post.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could skip all that hassle? Just focus on blogging about stuff that interests you.

Well, with Skimlinks, now you can.

So, What Is Skimlinks?

Skimlinks is a website that helps you earn money from blogging. It does that by giving you instant access to over 24,000 merchant affiliate programs.

Skimlinks is free to join. Once you join Skimlinks you can easily find merchant websites in their listings and link out to them from your blog posts. You will earn a commission any time one of your readers clicks through and makes a purchase.

The cool thing is, you don’t need to use affiliate links. Just link directly to the website of the merchant you are talking about in your blog post.

If the merchant is in the Skimlinks directory, Skimlinks will instantly transform the merchant link into its equivalent affiliate link.

Using Skimlinks in this way has no effect on SEO or how your page ranks.

Your blog readers will only see the original organic link. If they click through and then make a purchase, you will earn 75% of the commission. Skimlinks gets the other 25%.

While that means you will earn a lower rate of commission than if you worked directly with the merchant, keep these two points in mind:

  • Using Skimlinks saves you a lot of time – no need to apply to the merchants. Just insert their URL and you’re done.
  • Skimlinks is often able to negotiate higher affiliate commission rates. You will often be getting 75% of a higher rate of commission.

Tell Me Again… How Does Skimlinks Work?

Here’s a video that shows you how Skimlinks works:

how to earn money from blogging with Skimlinks

What Else Can Skimlinks Do For You?

Skimlinks publisher interface shows you how much money your links are generating. That means you can see what your readers are most interested in and which links are working hardest for you. You can use the data to create blog posts that are your readers actually want to read. Then watch as your blogging income rises.

How Easy Is It To Set Up Skimlinks?

First sign up for a free account with Skimlinks. Then fill in a short form giving them some info about your blog. Once it’s been approved, simply copy and paste a snippet of code into your blog. If you’re like me and use WordPress, then there’s a free plugin that helps you with that. It takes less than five minutes to set up.

You can make sure everything is working by pasting a snippet of test code into your blog (or into a WordPress HTML widget). Click the test link and Skimlinks will tell you if your blog is properly set up. Then you can remove the test code and you’re done.

Get Started With Skimlinks Today!

Skimlinks is so easy to work with. I wish I’d started using it on my blog a lot sooner. Although my focus is on my Top 5 Programs , Skimlinks enables me to earn more on a wide range of goods and services without losing time or focus.

If you want to know how to earn money from blogging – I’d say one way is to work with Skimlinks.

How to earn money from blogging with Skimlinks

David Hurley


P. S. If you zoomed down here without reading the article, here’s the juice: It’s about how to earn money from blogging with Skimlinks.

Skimlinks is a free way for you to earn money by linking out to brand websites that are part of the Skimlinks network. It’s hassle-free – no need to search for affiliate programs or affiliate links.

Just recommend websites in the network on your blog. When people click through and buy you’ll earn commission through Skimlinks. How cool is that?

And Skimlinks is free to join. But you need to apply first – Apply Here – and then wait for a few days while they check your blog.

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David is a business blogger who started his first website back in 1997 and has been running an online business since 2000. He uses the concept of Top 5 Programs to build multiple online income streams without losing focus. David recommends Wealthy Affiliate to anyone who wants to build a profitable online business. Read more about David on his About page.


  1. Thank you for the information! I just signed up and just got word that I’ve been approved. My question is can I link to the product directly ( like in (Amazon) or do I only link to the main page of the domain name. (ie. or vs linking directly to the product that I’m talking about?

    • Hi Ivy,

      Congrats on getting approved by Skimlinks.

      If you have put Skimlinks Java script on your site, then any links to merchants listed by Skimlinks should automatically turn into affiliate links.

      You can also create your own specific Skimlinks to link directly to products. There’s some info on this page:

  2. Thanks for this resource about Skimlinks. You’re right in that it can be quite time consuming finding products to review me possibly promote — so this could help me save a lot of time in the future.

    About how much more money would you say you are making through skimlinks.

    Also how good are the products on there?

    • Hi Michael,

      Thanks for posting your comment.

      I don’t disclose profits or income from affiliate programs. Actually quite a few affiliate programs make that a condition of doing business with them. Also, my results with Skimlinks or any other affiliate program are not likely to by “typical” and would be no guarantee that you’d achieve the same results. So the question is moot.

      Skimlinks works with over 24,000 merchants so it would take me quite a while to go through all the products and assess their quality for you. Suffice it to say that their products are considered good enough by publishers such as Time Inc., Huffington Post, Conde Nast and others.

      All the best,

      David Hurley

  3. I use to use a similar program called iInfoLinks but they were way too spammy. Skim Links seems to run a much more professional program skipping the frauds and spam sites and giving you wholesome programs to choose from.

    It also seems less obtrusive and that means it won’t scare users from your site. Great information David, I may have to give them a try.

  4. Seems like a great way to earn additional money on your blog! I haven’t heard of Skimlinks, but I will be checking it out after reading this post. Some people find it quite hard to monetize their blog, especially on specific niches that don’t have many products. Skimlinks seems to be a great option for any blogger!

    • Hi Donny,

      Thanks for popping by. Yes, Skimlinks is a good way to earn from your blog. For one thing, it is unobtrusive – no distracting or annoying ads – and plenty of scope to provide relevant and useful information to your readers.

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