Since the very beginning of this blog, I’ve struggled with whether or not to promote other companies and whether it felt right for me to get a commission for promoting those companies. I think that part of the struggle is that I don’t want this blog to become a “sales” blog. And I don’t want the added pressure of this being “a business”. I love writing and sharing and I don’t want to do anything that will compromise that.
However, most of the companies that I share about have an affiliate program. And so it seems silly to not link with an affiliate id, when I’m going to be linking to them anyway. And yet, I don’t want anyone to feel like they have to purchase something… this maybe why I’m not a very good sales person.
So here’s my compromise and my very simple disclosure statement….
If you click through an affiliate link on my blog and then buy something from that company, I will receive a small commission from the company for referring you. If that bothers you, then just don’t click the link. Do an Internet search to get to the company and product. It will cost you the same either way. I won’t get my feelings hurt. We’ll still be friends.
If I do a review for a product, I will give an honest review…even if I got the item for free, which I will tell you. My integrity is worth much more than a free item.
If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to email me.
Below are some resource pages that we’ve put together with companies that we use and love.