My blog, chasegarner.com, contains Amazon affiliate links within certain posts.
Here's what this means: if you purchase a product that I link to in a post, I receive a small commission from the sale.
Trust and Guidelines
Whenever money is involved, trust and credibility are at risk, so I have very strong guidelines for myself with use of affiliate links:
Products that I link to have no influence on the content on the site.
Since ad blockers have grown in popularity, the latest trend in advertising is writing blog posts to indirectly sell products or advertise businesses. Sites like Forbes and Business Insider do this all the time. I will never do this.
I'll always include a disclaimer if a post contains affiliate links or content.
Seems like a no-brainer, right? This is actually law in the United States now, but lots of people don't follow it.
I will never link to a product that I wouldn't use.
This is a strong promise because I'm a minimalist who hates buying and owning excess things, so you can be sure I'm never blowing smoke up your ass.
I withdraw affiliate links for products that I no longer endorse.
If a product or service changes and the quality suffers, I'll remove the link from my site.
Why I use affiliate marketing
Let's be honest, I'm not getting rich off of this. Any money I make supports my web hosting and domain name renewals so I can keep my content online. Any extra is a bonus.
The alternative is hosting ads, and I don't know a single person who has ever said "I'm really glad that this ad is here."