I do not currently sell ads on this blog, and I do not post about businesses or products in exchange for money or other good stuff. If I ever do get anything (besides goodwill) in exchange for posting about a person, place or thing, I’ll be sure to let you know right in the post.* I only post about people, places and things that I like or that I want other people to know about, or both.
I do use Amazon Associates referral links, though. If I link to a product on Amazon, and you click that link and then buy anything at Amazon in that visit, I receive about 4% to 6% of the sale. So far this quarter (Q1 2007) I have made $0.46. I think the maximum I have made in a quarter in my entire Amazon Associates career on different blogs has been $10.00. I only link to things on Amazon that I actually like and use.
I have mixed feelings about using Amazon Associates referral links on this blog. I want people reading this blog to be comfortable knowing they can trust that I mean what I write, and I want it to be clear that the priorities of this blog are sharing good information and connecting people with other people and with good resources.
On the other hand, I am an Amazon lover. I linked to Amazon before the Associates kickbacks, and if I stop using the Associates links, I’m still planning on linking to Amazon. Why not collect the 4-6% of sales that Amazon makes from my links?
What do you think? How do you feel about Amazon Associates links?
*Just like Hollywood Flakes does. I love their reviews. The upfront disclosure is great, and the reviews are funny, realistic and absurd in a way that makes me wish people would send them more things to write about. I guess what I’m trying to get at is not that I’m against ads or product reviews, but that I want what’s going on here to be clear.