Recently, I stumbled upon a link shortener service that provides a way to make money with your own links.
Adf.ly is a service which basically allows you to take a long url and shorten it with their service. The new link will then place either an interstitial ad or a framed ad banner along with your original url. Then you get paid for the ad views.
In addition, adf.ly allows you to refers others to their service and get a lifetime additional 20% revenue from their clickthroughs.
Their payout threshold is $5.00. so you can cash out to your paypal account whenever you hit the $5.00 threshold.
I have a couple of thoughts on this service.
- It seems like a great concept to earn some extra passive income on links you may already be promoting. However, you do want to pace yourself with these ads so as not so spam your audience.
- Their cpm rate is somewhere between $3.00 to $5.00, depending on the source. That means that you need to have a lot of views to your ads before you will earn any money of substance. It’s probably not going to make you rich overnight, but it is a set and forget type income stream.
- I don’t know if the market is starting to get saturated with these kinds of link embedded ad services. People may recognize the adf.ly shortened link and be less inclined to follow the link. Sometimes people are cautious of link shorteners. Will this result in reduced clickthrough rates? I’m currently testing this on twitter and will have a sense of it in a week or two.
Weighing all the pros and cons, I still figure it’s worth a try.
I don’t use shortened links on Riches Corner, and I don’t plan to start now. I certainly don’t plan to inundate everyone with ads for every link you click.
Luckily, I do have a couple of mediums where I can make use of these adf.ly links, through twitter or Facebook. I have some spare twitter and Facebook accounts that I figure I can use for these adf.ly links.
If any of you try out this service, you may want to see how they work out on your spare twitter or Facebook accounts as well.
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Here’s a step by step guide to signing up for this service for anyone interested:
To begin you will need to sign up with this service. It’s free sign up and join. Just click here. Now fill everything in and you will then need to confirm your email.
Now once you signed up and logged in, go to the home page and you will see a wide box where you enter in a website url and click the shrink button.
Start promoting your shrinked adf.ly link to as many people you can. The more people who click on it, the more money you will have in your pocket.
Additional Promoting Tip
One of the ways that I promote websites, or products through my social media accounts is by using an rss feed and routing it to twitter. In this case, use the dlvr.it service, as they are able to use the adf.ly api as a third party default shortener
dlvr.it is a free service that is fairly straightforward to set up. You just link a social media account like twitter or Facebook. Then you start adding rss feeds.
This works great if you have feeds from affiliate accounts, you can route them on a schedule to be promoted.
It’s very easy to create a feed using this service. You just enter in the feed url and then set the schedule that you want the feed to be pulled. Then you just direct it at the account that you want the feed to go.
Now, in order to use adf.ly with dlvr.it, you just want to add your own custom shortener. Just go to the settings page and hit add shortener.
This opens a menu that allows you to select a third party shortener. Just select third party shortener and it gives you the option to enter in the adf.ly api.
The shortener endpoint is where you want to enter in the adf.ly api. You can find the adf.ly api at their site under tools. However if you want, just copy and paste the following code:
http://api.adf.ly/api.php?key=LONG API KEY HERE&uid=SHORT UID KEY HERE&advert_type=int&domain=adf.ly&[email protected]@
Don’t forget to put in your own api and user id codes.
Then hit done.
Now your dlvr.it will send out the rss feed to twitter or any other social media service that you chose with your adf.ly shortened link automatically.
Add as many rss feeds as you want, but just remember to go easy with the service as you don’t want to spam ads. If you link to quality content, it should be fine.
Try it out and tell me what you think of the service.