Between server fees, upgrade costs, various projects and general forum maintenance, it was hard for AudioKarma to generate the cash needed to run a great forum, as traditional online advertising was not an option. Yet, forum operation and maintenance never comes cheap or easy, and money was needed to re-invest into website.
We are running the forum because its a passion of our readers; we don’t want to cheapen our site by splashing ads across the page.
David ended up deciding to implement Skimlinks in AudioKarma. Crucially, the fact that Skimlinks only affiliates existing product links from new and old posts alike, and that it doesn’t affect the user experience created the conditions for David to make this choice. In addition, Skimlinks was a great way to supplement the donations and sponsorships he was receiving.
We were looking for a way to make money and add value to our members at the same time. That’s when we found Skimlinks.
After spending a few minutes to set up the code on his site, David was able to focus on his day to day work, building AudioKarma and work on programs like AKFest, a festival affiliated with AudioKarma, without having to worry about the monetization side. David had tried other affiliate programs before found that there wasn’t much comparison.
Skimlinks has been the the most productive affiliate program Audiokarma.org has ever used. Revenues are simply unmatched by comparable programs.