There's a lot of “get-paid-to-do something” apps and programs out there, but Wildlink may be a game changer. You'll also run into a lot of scams if you're looking for ways to make money online and it’s great that you’re doing your research first.
In this Wildlink review I’ll share my own thoughts on this app, and discuss in detail the following topics...
Please note, I am not an affiliate for Wildlink. This review has been researched with information and testimonials that are available online in the public domain. Any conclusions drawn by myself are opinions.
What Is Wildlink?
In a sentence… Wildlink allows you to earn money when you recommend products to others, also known as affiliate marketing.
If you’ve never heard of affiliate marketing I’ll explain it in detail below, but the quick version is that Wildlink enables you to earn a small commission when someone makes a purchase using a link you've shared.
Let’s say your Mom is planning a trip and sends you a text asking you to recommend a good hotel. Using Wildlink, you can respond to her and earn a commission when she books it.
As Wildlink puts it… they are monetizing word of mouth recommendations.
Founded in 2017 by Jordan Glazier and located in Solana Beach California, Wildlink is bringing affiliate marketing to the masses.
In 2018 they made the list of San Diego Venture Group's Cool Companies...
How Does It Work?
From a user’s perspective, Wildlink is easy.
You can visit their website or download the Wildfire App on Android or iOS and sign up using your phone number.
Wildlink will send you a verification code and once you sign in you’ll have access to your “back office” which includes four tabs; Stores, Stats, Community Activity, and Settings.
After reading the review please check the comments section below for important updates as Ian Miller (head of products at Wildlink's parent company Wildfire Systems) has kindly taken the time to answer questions and share some new improvements that have been made to the Wildlink Platform.
Wildlink works on PC, Mac, Android and iOS and since you’re reading this review I’m guessing you have access to at least one of them. 🙂
13-year-olds can join if they have consent from a parent or legal guardian... otherwise the minimum age is 18.
A PayPal account is also required and you can connect your account inside your Wildlink settings tab using your PayPal email.
Products and Services You Can Recommend
Wildlink is currently affiliated with more than 20,000 e-Retailers including Expedia, Ticketmaster, Walmart, Target, Sephora, Samsung and Microsoft among others…
When you’re logged into the Wildlink marketplace (the Stores tab) you can scroll through categories such as Travel, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, etc. Or, you can search for a store by name.
Below each store you’ll see an icon that indicates how well that store pays. It would be nice if they provided actual percentages but unfortunately they don’t.
Sharing Your Wildlink
When you see a store that you’d like to recommend you can either click the share button, or click on the store itself, which takes you to the corresponding website.
For example… if you click on Walmart, you’ll be taken to Walmart’s website.
And this is the brilliance of Wildlink…
They take you to that retailer’s website using a link that’s unique to you.
That link… your wildlink, is also referred to as an affiliate link. Any purchase made using your unique link will be credited to you.
That in itself is not the “brilliant” part.
The brilliance is that Wildlink makes you an instant affiliate for more than 20,000 stores within minutes.
Affiliate marketing has been around since 1994 and although it has evolved, this app is a massive leap...
Partnering with a lot of these companies can be an extensive application process requiring things like tax forms, a website, a minimum number of followers or clicks per month, and so on…
Wildlink has created a way for you to join not just one, but tens of thousands of affiliate programs with just a few clicks.
Anyone can now share their affiliate links in places like social media posts, text messages, chat windows, emails, blogs, and forums.
If you spend any time online, you have probably run into an affiliate marketer.
Most online “influencers” (Instagram celebrities for example) are affiliate marketers and earn commissions by recommending products to their followers.
YouTube stars usually have a bunch of affiliate links listed underneath their videos.
If you’ve you ever read a review, tutorial or blog post, there’s a good chance you’ve scrolled over an affiliate link.
In general though, affiliate marketers are those with knowledge of online marketing. They may have a website or a popular YouTube channel. They may even pay for advertising on these platforms.
But, although anyone can do it… affiliate marketing in many ways is still a secret to most.
Wildlink is kicking down the doors and handing it to everyone. With a few clicks you can become an affiliate marketer.
Payments are made via PayPal which you can request using the payout button inside your settings tab. The minimum payout threshold is $20.
How Much Money Can You Make?
In theory, your earnings are unlimited. But, as every affiliate marketer knows… it’s a lot easier said than done.
In most cases you’ll only be recommending products to your family, friends and co-workers.
For some though, I can see the wheels turning. If you’re wondering if you can turn Wildlink into a side hustle and retire with stacks of cash... there are a couple challenges you’ll be up against…
The first is that Wildlink (or Wildfire Systems Inc) is the primary affiliate for those 20,000 stores and all the commissions actually belong to them.
What they are effectively doing is using their affiliate link and giving it a unique identifier (which becomes your link). So… your sales are actually their sales and they are simply sharing a portion of their commission with you.
There’s nothing wrong with this, it’s actually a great idea (and I’m sure a lot of programmers and marketers are kicking themselves for not coming up with the idea first).
As an affiliate marketer I can tell you it’s a challenge to sign up with multiple affiliate programs, track them, monitor your clicks, earnings and so on…
It's a worthwhile challenge for good paying affiliate programs that you can drive a lot of traffic to...
...but Wildlink makes this process extremely easy. In fact, they do it all for you. In addition to connecting you to all of those affiliate programs, they consolidate all of your stats within a single dashboard.
The catch? It’s not free. You must share your commission with them which makes it difficult to become profitable if you are treating it as a business.
Wildlink Affiliate Program or Refer-a-Friend
It's still early to tell if Wildlink will be a success, but starting out there was a missed opportunity here. It's strange that a company who sees the benefits of promoting other businesses through the use of affiliate marketing... didn't have their own affiliate program.
You could earn money by promoting any one of the 20,000 stores they partner with... but you couldn't earn money promoting them.
I've been keeping an eye on the number of downloads and reviews Wildlink has been getting and at this stage they seem to be off to a slow start... that's not to say they won't be big. And, maybe they're still fine-tuning the system.
If they had had an affiliate program of their own though early on... or a refer-a-friend incentive of some kind, there's a good possibility that Wildlink (owned by Wildfire Systems) would have spread like... well...
It would have spread like wildfire (sorry... I just had to say it).
And that's why Wildlink has now implemented one. So not only can you earn money promoting their partner stores, you can also make money promoting them.
Traffic and Clicks
The second problem is getting people to click on your wildlink. It’s is not as easy as it sounds.
This is how a lot of scams work. They say you can get rich by posting links everywhere, but that’s simply not true. It may have worked in the year 2000 but people are pretty resistant to clicking links today.
Again, most who join Wildlink will only be recommending products to the people they know, but for those who want a lot of money, you’re going to need a lot of clicks, and that means a lot of traffic.
Even experienced marketers can struggle to get just one or two clicks for every hundred impressions (the number of times your link appears on someone’s screen).
If you’re doing the math, that means you’re looking at a thousand impressions (give or take) just to get ten clicks. But that’s not all…
If you're marketing without a strategy to people you don’t know... you’ll need hundreds of clicks for every sale. Before long you’re looking at hundreds of thousands of impressions to make real money. That’s a lot of traffic.
Will It Work?
There are ways to get a lot of traffic...
The most common strategies are to build a website (like this one), develop a social media audience, or pay for Ads. Some marketers also have large email lists and they can sell by promoting links to their subscribers... sending them directly to an offer or more commonly to a sales funnel using software such as ClickFunnels.
Others might be well known speakers, podcasters or influencers in their industry.
Then it becomes an ROI (return on investment) formula; how much time and money are you investing per sale. In a lot of cases it’s just not profitable, and since you’re sharing your commission with Wildlink, it’ll be a lot harder.
That doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It can work... yes. But, you will need to know how to build an audience, drive traffic, and convert clicks into sales.
Is Wildlink a Scam?
I mentioned earlier that a lot of scams claim you can get rich by posting links.
To be clear… Wildlink is not one of them. They don’t make any ridiculous claims and they do NOT say you can get rich. They simply say you can earn cash for recommending products… and that’s 100% true.
Having said that… you can count on someone who will inevitably hear the word “cash” or “money”, they’ll install the app and start plastering their social media feeds with wildlinks.
When the only thing they succeed at is annoying their friends and family with product recommendations, they’ll say Wildlink is a scam and that it doesn’t work.
But that’s not what it is and it’s not supposed to work that way.
The other reason people might wonder if it’s a scam is because all make-money-online systems, programs and apps are scams… right?
No, not at all of them. There are a lot of people who still think that way though.
There are actually hundreds of legitimate ways to make money online and Wildlink is one of the good ones. They are definitely not a scam.
Full Disclosure – The FTC requires that affiliate links be disclosed. If you have the potential to earn money from a link, you should mention that when you share it publicly.
Don’t Modify Your Links – Your link is uniquely identified to you and if it gets changed, it either won’t work or if it does, Wildlink won’t be able to assign the sale to you.
Track Your Links – There is one exception to the previous tip. You can change your link for tracking purposes using software like Bit.ly or other free link trackers which record things like number of clicks and where those clicks are coming from. You’re not actually modifying your links here, but you are using a link shortening service that redirects your wildlink and provides you with data.
Avoid Dormant Access Fees – Accounts with a balance below the minimum payout threshold ($20) that show no activity within 90 days will be assigned a dormant access fee. This fee is $3/month until there is new activity, or your balance reaches zero. Your account will never go below zero and you will never owe Wildlink money.
Buy Your Own Products Using Wildlink - A big advantage with Wildlink is that you can run all of your own online purchases through your account and earn cash back. Direct affiliate’s cannot do this… but using Wildlink you can.
Test Different Affiliate Programs – Experienced affiliate marketers can test different affiliate programs without having to sign up for them first. If you’re making a lot of sales with one you can join directly as you normally would, but for the others you don’t have to waste your time.
WildLink is still relatively new so negative feedback is not only expected, but it’s going to be necessary for them to make improvements.
Some of the current complaints you’ll run into are…
- Technical issues with the app, which I’m sure are being worked out daily.
- Not making any money. As discussed earlier… making money at this is not automatic. It’s a lot harder than many people realize.
- The app turns every link you share into a wildlink, even when you’re not using the app.
I haven’t experienced this myself, but it may be happening. Whether it’s a glitch or by design I don’t know…
Update: I experienced this yesterday and it's extremely annoying. I was sharing a tutorial to help someone set up a blog and Wildlink kept changing my regular link into an affiliate link. There are times this may be useful, but not here. It was a spam free forum for one (no affiliate links), and two... the reason we use this forum is to help and to get help, not to sell or be sold to.
- People are suspicious that sales are being made, but that they’re not being paid. This is an issue with all “get-paid-to-do-something” apps and programs. Wildlink could use a pop-up in the app somewhere reminding people that most affiliate programs do not pay out immediately. Things like warranties and returns can also affect your earnings.
I read quite a few positive reviews as well. There are people earning money and using Wildlink for their own online purchases… and they’re happy with it.
Again… it’s a young company and I would assume (although I don’t know) that a lot of these issues will be worked out over time.
What I Like
- Having access to thousands of affiliate programs with a single sign-up.
- Earning cash back on my own online purchases.
- Easy to use app and interface.
- Getting paid when I recommend a product, service, concert, etc. As an affiliate marketer I am directly partnered with a few programs… but not 20,000.
What I Don’t Like
- No transparency when it comes to commission rates and share percentages (although this is being looked at as Ian Miller mentions in the comments section below).
- Signing up with my phone number (within the first couple hours I received a spam offer).
Update: Spam hasn't really been a problem. I had 3 spam text messages over the following weeks and other than first one (unless it was a just coincidence) I can't confirm they had anything to do with Wildlink. In fact, it's now been months since I installed the app and I can't remember the last time I received spam via text.
- You are granting them the rights to any and all content you share (text, data, messages, images, audio, video).
- The app automatically changes every link I share into an affiliate link. There needs to be a way to turn this feature off (again, see comments section below for an update on this and an explanation from Ian Miller).
Wildlink is one of those ideas that seems obvious in hindsight. Whether it takes off or not I don’t know… but there is a ton of potential here.
Even if you’re just using it for your own purchases online it’s worth signing up.
I hope my Wildlink review was helpful and if you have any comments or questions, please share them in the comments section below.
Also, please check the comments section for important updates as Ian Miller (head of products at Wildfire Systems) has kindly taken the time to answer questions you may have and share some new improvements to the Wildlink Platform.