When I originally started finding out that people were making money off of certain links on their websites, it made me think less of them and in turn, support them less. Unfortunately, at that time in my life, I did not do my research. I thought this equated to being a sell out. Far from it, friends! Allow me to explain.
The Federal Trade Commission releases a Disclosure Compliance that requires all web media owners (YouTube-ers, bloggers, website owners, etc.) to provide disclosures to their viewers about sponsorships, endorsement or partnerships with other companies. Simply put: You need to know if I am making money by sharing a link or a product.
So, what exactly are Affiliate Links?
Affiliate links can be thought of as a tracking link. If you click on one of my affiliate links and purchase a product, I will receive a small commission. Here's the upswing: each of your purchases through any of my affiliate links directly supports me and my business, at no extra cost to you. Please rest easy knowing that I only collaborate with companies with whom I have taken time to personally experience, and often, because of this collaboration between myself and these companies, you save money!
Affiliate links help me keep my business running. There are so many behind-the-scenes expenses to running a business that many people don't even think about, because it's your job to enjoy my content and my job to get it to you. I am bootstrappin' my business the best I can, but there are still fees to have a newsletter platform, hosting a website, staying covered by insurance, plus monthly technical fees, along with the expense of testing things out so I can recommend them to you at all. My monthly business expenses are currently upwards of $100/month and with annual billing on some services, ~$2,200 per year. In order to continue sharing with you in the way that fills my heart with joy and gives you authentic, raw feedback, I rely on your support.
Please remember, I never, ever get behind a product, service, or company that I have not personally used myself and taken time to experience for myself in order to be able to offer a genuine recommendation without any reservations whatsoever. With a lesson learned, I also do not and will not associate with any multi-level-marketing structured businesses. No exceptions.
A Sincere Thank You for Your Support!
Readers, friends, I hope you know by now that I am an honest and trustworthy person. I will always let you know where I may be partnering with another company in some way to be making a commission. Your continued support really means the world to me and I know I say that a lot, but I mean it. Even if you don't purchase anything through my affiliate links, you still show your support by simply showing up, leaving comments, sending messages, or even e-mails. Your encouragement and kind words always brighten my day! I feel eternally grateful to connect with you. Thank you for being here!
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