scootergrisen wrote:I don't know anything about VigLink then what i read on the link above.
Its not clear to me if the extension is disabled or not by default. And if you are going to enable it by default in the future when people have gotten used to it.
I don't understand the meaning of "this will only affect existing links and should be entirely unnoticeable".
And what is "affect". What is the difference what the links?
Instead of "entirely unnoticeable" i would like to know what the difference is.
Maybe if VigLink website have a explanation the blog could like to it.
And who are "VigLink’s partner websites"? Link could be added for that.
All excellent points that really should be elaborated on by PHPBB and not left up to us entirely to do the research. if you want to stick ads in open source software, that's ok but who it going to leave ads on in their forum that are not there own, i hate ads and don't use them really i have one 160 x 160 banner ad on my portal page only and i think even that looks tacky. Don't mean to be rude or unsupportive either, but knowing im paying my own hosting bills while you guys are collecting checks from my forum doesn't sit well with me either.
I get how viglink works, their partnered with 100's of retailer.
Links that normally would go to say ebay, that are not already an affiliate link - would be turned into a viglink. There's always a catch with sites like this, viglinks gotta earn something i thought it was you earn from every second sale or something stupid like that anyway.
Viglink is better than short links though because it not really an ad, like say linkbucks or adfly is. There is no full screen ad for 5 seconds it's just a normal direct link however viglink knows if it's a partner link and whoever has there script running on a site, they tack that persons AFFILIATE Id to the sale kinda cool really.
So it's a normal link thats only converted to a viglink after it's been published into a forum post, the link doesn't change in that post, you still get taken to ebay.com/someproduct/ but because you had a viglink script running on your site viglink goes oh he can make money from that link, it's a partner site.
Do what ya gotta do. don't think i'll be upgrading if this is the path you guys are gonna take id rather pay for a VB licence and go ad free.
While im here, no wonder your ads don't do well your biggest ad on this site is black and says "Need Hosting?" like boring everyone knows that ad is taking them to a page with a list of hosts on it with no real information you would have been better off monetizing the transition from banner to page with a interstitial ad purchased by your advertisers. dont use third party ads like adfly to do this do it yourself, all out bound links from phpbb official site should have this, saying you are leaving our site help support us and view this advertiser blah blah blah.