Frequently Asked Questions
Supporting Like Minded, Compassionate People
VeganLinked.com offers an easy, organized, uniform way to list, promote, find, hire, utilize, befriend, etc... vegan services, products, places, and events geographically, in a given area. In a sense VeganLinked is also a "safe haven" for vegans. We foster the development of vegan communities and a vegan economy where the dollars we spend can, as Jane said, "go to another plant based person whose going to use it to turn this world into a more compassionate place.” Additionally the VeganLinked Affiliate Program takes this to another level! And of course vegans, noobs, and non-vegans will find support and inspiration by what all we have going on.
Problem? Problem Solved!
When posting a vegan service, product, place, or event in Meetup, a facebook group, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, etc... this information gets buried in a feed. The information may be hot for a minute in that isolated forum but it's inaccessible to those looking for it later. Some groups may pin to the top of their feed spreadsheets, PDF's, or docs that list local services, products, and places. However this is still not uniform, comprehensive, or readily accessible to the public that needs quick, easy access to it. VeganLinked is a solution to this problem.
Originally the main idea was to make it easy to list and find skilled vegans. This way we're confidently investing in someone who will in turn use that money compassionately, essentially creating a vegan economy. Of course a directory enables us to be more than just a place for skilled vegans. We are also a community of varied vegan and vegan friendly entities and happenings. Linking vegan people, places, things promotes the scene in turn making vegan options more accessible, the vegan lifestyle more exciting and enjoyable, and makes our growing community stronger. In turn we improve the quality of life for vegans and accelerate the vegan movement!
Of course our affiliate program makes it easy to make contributions with your advertising dollars. We believe your business makes a difference. We help others make a difference too!
What Others are Saying
Below are a couple quotes from some awesome vegans explaining why they love VeganLinked. I couldn't explain it better myself! These quotes come from videos we captured which are located in our "Endorsements" playlist on our YouTube channel.
“I am endorsing VeganLinked! This is an idea whose time has come. We want to create a vegan economy where we know that the dollars we spend go to another plant based person whose going to use it to turn this world into a more compassionate place!”
So support VeganLinked and what that is going to do is when you want to go to a hair dresser, or a plumber, or an HVAC, or a Real-estate broker you can find a vegan person. Or a Brewery! You can find a vegan store, a vegan person, a vegan company and so you can help create this vegan economy.
We hope as the vegan movement grows more and more people who may not be vegan now will go plant based and will join us. So it’s not about exclusion it’s about inclusion but most of all it’s about making sure that the money we work hard to earn doesn’t go to killing animals. And that’s the most important point for us, for human health, for the planet, and of course for the animals themselves. So support VeganLinked and join it!
Paul Maplesden of Kindly Geek
"I think it’s important to support other people that believe the same things that I do. Those are the people that I want to give my money to, those are the businesses and organizations I want to buy from. And I figure that if I feel that way then other people do too.
We’re contributing towards a community, we’re supporting other people with similar beliefs to us, and we’re really putting our money where our mouth is. That stuff is important to me and that’s why I wanted to be a part of it (VeganLinked) from the ground level upwards.
If you’re a vegan providing some kind of product or service, you run a vegan organization, or a vegan business then you should join VeganLinked too. Because that will let you connect with other people that believe the same thing that you do and we’ll all be better as a result."
Visit our "About" page to learn more about VeganLinked. Also check out the section "How is the listing revenue used?" in this FAQ's page. Also see how Affiliates can earn money through VeganLinked. And how VeganLinked enables content developers to provide professional media services free of charge to vegan businesses, organizations, events, and more!
Vegan Places, Organizations, Food and Drink and Web-based listings have two main package options: Basic and Featured.
Free Listings may expire and require periodic renewal. You will receive notifications via email starting about a week before it expires. If you do not renew your free listing it will be deleted. You may prefer to upgrade so that your listing will automatically renew and to help support our collective effort in the movement. Furthermore, paid listings help us keep this site going and growing vegan strong. And you may also have a portion of your subscription payment go to an affiliate. Learn more about the affiliate program visit "The Affiliate Program" in the FAQ's page.
Basic Listings are $15 every 3 months. Basic Listings :
- Automatically renew to keep your listing live no matter how busy you get
- Collectively support VeganLinked going and growing vegan strong!
- Sponsors an affiliate if you choose to (e.g. sanctuary, nonprofit, advocate, life coach, etc.) learn more about the affiliate program under the FAQ's page
- Fund the VeganLinked team so we may continue providing professional media coverage of vegan events and vegan entities free of charge to sanctuaries, businesses, events, and special stories
Featured Listings are charged a nominal monthly fee. Featured listings include Basic Listing features and perks and:
- Show up first on the home page
- Show up higher in search results and lists pages
- Offer more images, categories, and description characters
- Are displayed with an eye catching banner
- Keeps VeganLinked going and growin' vegan even stronger!
Events have a free and featured option similar to those explained above. If you have a listing (e.g. a Place, Organization, Food & Drink, etc.) you may "link your events to your listings". When this happens your listing will display the event(s) related to your listing and the event displays the associated Listing.
For more information visit the "Add Listing/Event" (A.K.A. "Pick A Package") page.
Adding a listing is easy. Register or login, pick a listing, add details, preview, and checkout if you're paying for a listing. For more details follow the steps below and/or watch the video. Should you need assistance or have any ideas/suggestions please don't hesitate to contact us.
To add a listing:
- First you need to be a registered user Click here to register. After registering you'll be brought to the next step, the "Pick a Package" page. If you are already registered then login and proceed to the next step.
- After registering you will be brought to the Pick a Package page. Decide which category best fits you and then select a package.
- On the next page you will add the listing details. After submitting the details you will may preview your listing and submit it. If you package is one of our paid listings then you will be brought to checkout.
- At checkout you will need to enter your billing contact information. There you may enter a discount code and affiliate code. After submitting the checkout information you will be brought to PayPal to pay with either your PayPal account, credit card, or check card.
The current, starting commission rate is 50%. This rate may change at any time. The affiliate program is a unique way for paying listing to allocate a percentage of their payment to a VeganLinked Affiliate (VLA). Other affiliate programs usually only offer a one time commission payment. The VLA program is unique because it enables affiliates to receive a recurring commission* from listing payments they are associated with. You may want to sponsor an affiliate because you believe in their cause; like a local sanctuary, an advocate, a life coach, etc. Or you may want to compensate someone for adding your listing. That's what VLA is all about!
Choosing a VLA for New Listings
The listing owner may choose an affiliate when adding or editing their listing. If an affiliate is not selected all payments go to VeganLinked. We appreciate your support! You may later edit your listing to add an affiliate at another time.
If you are creating a listing for someone and you are not the owner you may choose to select the affiliate for them or leave this field blank. If you choose an affiliate for them then this will be set when they claim the listing.* If you leave it blank then when the owner claims a listing they may choose any affiliate.*
VLA for Claimed Listings
If your listing has already been started then you will need to "Claim" your listing. When you "Claim" a listing this means someone created a listing for you and they may or may not have entered an affiliate code for your listing. If you already see an affiliate selected and you do not have a way to select an affiliate code then this means one has already selected.
Once an affiliate code has been entered it may only be changed in one of two ways. One, you may either contact VeganLinked to request a change. Simply send us a message explaining why you want to make the change and we'll delete the affiliate from your listing so you may go in and select a new one. Two, if you don't feel like contacting us you can just delete the listing and create a new one.
Become a VeganLinked Affiliate
When you become a VeganLinked Affiliate (VLA) you will add your PayPal email address and create an easy to remember, unique affiliate code. Then your affiliate code can be used in a couple different ways. Someone can select your affiliate code when adding a listing and a portion of their subscription payment will go to you. Or you may add a listing for someone and enter your affiliate code (or someone else's affiliate code that you want to support). Then when they claim the listing and upgrade it you will receive recurring payments.*
- You must first register to become a user and be an affiliate. Any User may become an affiliate.
- You will need a PayPal account to receive payments.
- Log into VeganLinked.com.
- At or near the bottom of the site select "Affiliate Details".
- At the "Affiliate Referrals" page select "Settings"
- Complete the short form, agree to the terms and that's it!
You may receive an email as soon as a listing has been associated with your affiliate code. We try to send payments for the previous month. For example, if you have commissions for listings in the month of May you will not receive those until sometime June or July. As this program matures we will create a more consistent schedule. On the "Affiliate Details" page you can see all your expected referral commissions and payouts.
*The affiliate program may change at anytime. We reserve the right to remove affiliates, change commission rates, and make any changes we deem necessary at anytime. For more details visit the VeganLinked Affiliate Program under Terms and Conditions.
When someone adds a listings and uses an affiliate code a large percent of the revenue goes to the affiliate. We imagine most affiliates will be coordinators of festivals and farmers markets, admins of vegan groups, vegan societies, advocates, and other vegans that are working hard to spread veganism and improve the lifestyle. The affiliate program will be a powerful tool for not only making VeganLinked grow but to also reward hard working vegans for all they do. To learn more about this wonderful program go to the Affiliate Program section on this FAQ's page that explains the affiliate program further.
Creating VeganLinked.com is a massive undertaking of time, resources, and money. There is of course ongoing expenses that revenue is needed for covering the maintenance of the site, security, hosting, and advertising. Other work is needed to keep the site alive through social networking both online and offline at events and beyond.
Occasionally we hire programmers for new features. We look forward to exciting new developments as the site grows!
The vegan lifestyle is perhaps the fastest growing lifestyle movement in history. But, it’s not happening fast enough. We have a lot of work to do in order to eclipse the media coverage that the meat, egg, and dairy industry and various diet fads have maintained leverage on for so unfortunately long. Together we can overcome this and spread truth through media!
- Funds content developers so they may cover (e.g. videograph, photograph, develop websites, and virtual tours) vegan business and events free of charge (check out some of work we've already done free of charge on facebook, YouTube, and in our "Activity" blog)
- Funds a whole new level of advocacy work through VeganWalk.com (billboards, marketing collateral, public presentations, etc...)
- Funds other vegan content developers, advocates, businesses, life coaches, organizations, sanctuaries, start-ups, pop-ups, entertainers, etc... around the world as sponsored affiliates of VeganLinked enabling them too work more, potentially even full time for the vegan movement!
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