First of all, I’m going to be super honest: I don’t care for affiliate links. If I see affiliate links in a post I’m reading or an email, I’m more likely to open a new window and go directly to the website myself. (This times 1000 if they say they have a special deal just for their readers. Sorry, I just don’t believe that you went and negotiated a special deal, especially if you’re getting a kick back from it.)
Honestly, the idea of selling to my friends and making money off of them just feels . . . weird. To me.
BUT . . . I have no problem buying products or trying things that my friends love. And if they can get a little something for pointing me in the right direction, I’m happy to do that.
So, here’s the thing: I see you, my readers, as my friends. I’m not trying to sell you stuff, I’m just sharing the things I love among friends. I have a job, so the bonus change (and that’s generally what we’re talking about here – pocket change) is just that, a bonus to keep the website lights on or take my family somewhere cool.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
So here are my promises to you:
- I will never recommend products I don’t like. Anything that I write is truly my own opinion. I am very selective about what companies I work with and if I’m paid to write something and it turns out I don’t like it, you’ll know.
- I’m not going to lie about “special deals.” If I say a deal is not available on the public website, then that is 100% true as of the publish date.
- NOTHING I promote comes at an increased cost to you. If I get a commission from your purchase or click, it is at no cost to you.
If I endorse a product/place you can assume:
- I got it for free.
- I got paid to write about it.
- I get paid if you click on it.
- I get paid if you buy it.
- I received some other form of compensation.
In no way does this mean I didn’t mean what I said when I wrote about it. We’re friends.