My site is not live yet and has no content for you to review. Can I still apply?
Of course you can! Just add a short explanation to your application highlighting what your site/app/forum is going to be about once it’s live, including what kind of content you’re planning on publishing and when you expect your site to launch.
How much does it cost?
Skimlinks works on a revenue share model. You don’t pay anything to join or use the service; we just take a small cut from the commissions you earn. Generally, the split is 25/75 – we keep 25% and pay you the 75%. The only exception is SkimWords where the amount you are paid varies depending on how often clicks result in sales, the value of each sale, and the cost-per-click rate negotiated with each merchant.
How do I get paid?
When you gain access to the publisher interface (or Hub) as an approved Skimlinks publisher, you will be able to enter your payment details and choose from one of three methods of payment: bank transfer, check or PayPal.
When do I get paid?
We make payments to our publishers every month. If your cleared balance has reached at least $10 (or £7 in the UK), then we’ll send you a payment.
Please be aware that commissions can take time to clear, as we are are bound to our merchants’ schedules on payment processing. They have to confirm the sales and check that the customer does not return the item they bought; only then do they pass the commission on to us to give to you. For this reason, it can take up to 90 days for a commission to be paid out.
Does Skimlinks affect my load time?
Every plugin/service you add to your website will impact page load by a number of milliseconds. However, Skimlinks’ code is asynchronous, which means it runs independently of your page load, and is non-blocking to your content or ads. Thanks to years of hard work, we have 100% uptime month on month and a response time of under 200ms, so the potential impact on your site is minimal.
Does Skimlinks override existing affiliate links?
Will installing Skimlinks affect my SEO?
The short answer is no. In 7 years of being live on over 1.5 million sites, no one has complained of their SEO being affected by Skimlinks. The long answer is that search engines have not explicitly stated their position, however Google has said that as long as affiliate links are contextually relevant and aren’t posted for the sole purpose of helping another company with their page rank, it won’t affect your SEO. So, if your affiliate links are in a context that adds value to your readers’ browsing experience, you have nothing to worry about.