I blog because I love it — not because it makes me money. Yes, it’s nice when I am surprised to see a deposit from an affiliate payment in my bank account, but compared to the hours spent, it’s not really “making” money. Yet I feel that if I am to be a good steward of the time I spend doing what I love (blogging), I should make use of affiliate programs to recommend the things I love (and you have my promise that I will recommend only what I really love).
The Google AdSense ads in the sidebar help pay for part of our internet connection. And when you click on certain affiliate links on this site, I make a small percentage here and there for your clicks and your purchases. I’m an affiliate for purchases made through Panstoria, Inc., Bundle of the Week, Christian Mommy Blogger, Cowgirl Dirt, various E-junkie sellers, and other services.
We buy our gifts with Amazon gift cards thanks to SwagBucks. Try out the SwagBucks search, and have fun earning Amazon gift cards just for searching for the things you search for every day! (Hint: Slightly misspelling things helps earn SwagBucks.)
And, I even get free books from publishers just for reviewing them here on my blog:
Speaking of books — PaperBackSwap is a great way to get books for just the cost of a media mail package! We add them to our auto request list and are amazed at the treasures we get to add to our shelves this way.
We’ve even gotten a few of our favorite artist’s CDs off of CD Swap:
I’m also an affiliate for my web host, HostGator – as well as for a variety of other web hosts for WordPress. So if you happen to need a web host, please sign up using my affiliate links here. And, if you’re just looking for domains, I love using NameCheap for purchasing additional domains — they’re fast, easy, and have free privacy guard!
My website is built on the Genesis Framework from StudioPress; I recommend them frequently, and am a StudioPress affiliate. I use MailChimp for my blog’s email subscriptions, and I think they’re so great I’m an affiliate for them, too. I also use Mad Mimi and FeedBlitz from time to time–and yes, those are affiliate links, too.