Advertisements are annoying but necessary
Blogs should be simple to read and easy to enjoy. Thus, I am committed to avoiding obnoxious advertising including pop-up and banner ads.
Affiliate links to the rescue
Fortunately, affiliate links solve the problem of annoying advertising as they don’t clutter up the content that you came here to enjoy.
When there is a product that I already use and highly recommend, I may link to it using an affiliate link. Please keep in mind that prices fluctuate, so the price you see may not be the price I paid.
What are affiliate links?
Affiliate links (also known as referral links) may generate some income for a blogger, but they do not increase the cost of the items you purchase. Many products and services have affiliate programs to compensate the people or businesses who refer customers to them.
While not every item I recommend will be an affiliate link since there are many good products and services that do not have an affiliate program, please assume that all external product/service links are affiliate links.
My affiliate link promise
I will only recommend products and services that I have…
- Paid for myself.
- Received as a personal gift (e.g., for my birthday or Christmas from a friend or family member).
- Personally used but do not own (e.g., a book borrowed from the library).
I will NOT recommend products that fall outside of this scope. I have no interest in creating paid posts in exchange for free or discounted products and services. If I am not willing to pay for a product, then I do not need to recommend that others pay for it.
Please shop around
If you click on a product that I recommend, please comparison shop to both read reviews and to ensure that you are getting the best price. As for books and DVDs, check with your local library first to see if you can borrow them before buying.