I hold these truths to be self evident:
- Blog hosting costs money
- Money does not grow on trees (and if it did, taking that money would probably be illegal anyway)
- The government wants everyone to tell everyone else how they make money
Given this blog is a hobby for me, it comes out of my little wifely allowance. It would be cool if my blog would pay for itself, or even heaven forbid, turn a small profit. I plan on continuing with this blog even if it doesn’t turn a profit, but it will be hard to keep going if it’s just a money pit. That means:
- I use affiliate links in some posts. It should go without saying that I like the products I refer to and would recommend them to personal friends.
- If I review a product, it doesn’t always mean they’ve paid me to do so. If they did, I’ll let you know.
- If I truly didn’t like a product, I would say so. I wouldn’t lie about it. That would be wrong. Duh.
- I’m not sure if I’ll do sponsored posts (i.e. a campaign). I’m not opposed to getting paid to tell people about stuff I like anyway. That would be a nice coincidence, in fact. If that does happen, I’ll let you know.
- If there’s an ad in the sidebar it’s one of three things: an ad that someone paid to have placed there, an affiliate link, or a really great organization I just want to show some love to.
- I like all the companies of all three options.
- If there’s a sponsored giveaway, I’ll let you know who sponsored it.
Basically, if there’s a chance I could possibly make a little money doing something, I’m required to tell you. Greed doesn’t drive my motivation behind creating the blog, so you can trust that I actually like the companies I refer to that may happen to pay me, and I’m not just suggesting them so I can try to make money.
Shannen at MiddleWayMom.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.