Not sure which to choose for your website - VigLink or Skimlinks? Then use my free comparison tool below to find out which one suits your requirements best. All information is updated whenever a change is made to either company. Up to date as of Apr 2014.

 
VigLink logo
Skimlinks logo
Approval Time
Instant
1-2 business days
No. Active Merchants [1]
32,159
17,628
All Merchants Active From Start?
No
Yes
Install Time
~10 seconds
~10 seconds
Install Options
JavaScript snippet
REST APIs
JavaScript snippet
REST APIs
Flash integration

Payment Info

Payout Frequency
Monthly
Monthly
Min. Payout Threshold
$0.01
$10.00
Revenue Share (them : you)
25 : 75
25 : 75
Payout Methods
PayPal
US Check (by request)
US Wire Transfer (by request)
PayPal
US Check
UK Check
US Wire Transfer
UK Bank Transfer
Payout Delay
60 days
90 days
Payout Fee
None
None

Plugins / Tools

Contextual Link Widget
Yes (SkimWords)
Link Override
Optional link override for Amazon & eBay
Optional link override for Amazon
Tools Available
Link Generator
Merchant Coverage Checker
Link Generator
Merchant Coverage Checker
Custom Domain Redirect
Showcases
Search Boxes
Price Comparison
InvisibleHand (TBC)
SkimRSS
Preferred Partners (?)
No
Yes
Plugins Available
Wordpress Plugin
vBulletin Plugin
CloudFlare Integration
Blogger Plugin
Tumblr Plugin
phpBB Plugin
Wordpress Plugin
vBulletin Plugin
Ning Integration

Support

Support Methods
Phone
Email
Phone
Email
Ticketing System
Helpdesk
Support Response Time
Within 24 hours
Within 24 hours
Office Location(s) [2]
San Francisco
San Francisco
London
Tokyo
Sub-Accounts Allowed
No
Yes

Statistics & Data

Statistics Delay
None
+24 hours
Commission Calculation
~1-2 Days
~1-2 Days
Affiliated Pages Stats
Yes
Yes
Non-Affiliated Pages Stats
No
Yes
Affiliated Links Stats
Yes
Yes
Detailed Sale Stats
Yes
Yes
Statistics View Style
Calendar Style
Calendar Style
Graphic Style
Statistics Filtering
No
Yes
Statistics Range
Daily, weekly and monthly available only.
Any custom range.
Statistics Format (Exporting)
CSV
CSV
XML
XLS
PDF
Uptime (Avg. 2013-) [4]
99.21%
99.94%
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The Results

So, what is the verdict? The above table compares both companies and the services they offer - they are noticeably similar to each other. The main thing to ask yourself is, what do you look for in a company? I have worked with both and personally recommend Skimlinks if you want a helpful, friendly team. Skimlinks reps often post on public forums about their product - you've probably seen the CEO posting a few times already. They offer better statistics, and you get access to ALL merchants instantly - this cannot be understated. In my case I was running a specific niche website where it took a LONG time to get many merchants to verify my site manually with VigLink (and some refused to work with me). With Skimlinks this is already done for you - hence why they take up to 3 days to vet your website first.

However for balance, VigLink offer a decent alternative; they have a lower payout time (60 days vs. 90 days for Skimlinks) and approve your site instantly, great if you don't like waiting around. They also have more merchants available (read this to find out why this isn't a huge plus, though). The main issue with VigLink is that PayPal is their main payout method, and you have to ask for other payment methods. As an important sidenote, if you are relying on PayPal only for your business then do read these horror stories. It is for this reason alone I have to recommend Skimlinks above VigLink. Click here to go to the Skimlinks site.





Sources & References:
1. Screenshots (TBC)
2. Skimlinks' contact page & locations
3.
4. VigLink uptime 2012-2013, Skimlinks uptime 2012-2013, provided by Pingdom

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