What are affiliate links?
Affiliate links are custom-coded links that identify Oh Sweet Mercy as the referrer when you click such a link and visit a company’s website. If you purchase a product or service after clicking on an affiliate link in my posts I may receive a small commission from the sale. There is no additional cost to you.
Why Does Oh Sweet Mercy Use Affiliate links?
Bloggers have many reason for using affiliate links and advertising. Here are my reasons:
- I love to share products I believe in. We all see so much advertising day in and day out! I believe a personal, honest, word-of-mouth endorsement of a product is way more believable to the consumer, as well as more effective for the company that offers the product. This results in a win-win situation – you, the reader, can make a well-informed decision and if you purchase the product, the company benefits as well.
- To create an income stream that goes where I go. Our family’s dream is to hit the road for a roadschooling adventure! That’s not free, of course, and since my husband’s job isn’t necessarily portable my goal is to have a stream of income that is not dependent on our location.
- Food blogging requires food. That means purchasing ingredients (and sometimes equipment) necessary for developing recipes. Most of the time they turn out great. Sometimes, I have to keep trying until I get it just right. That can get expensive!
- Hosting, maintenance, and technical issues. Running a quality blog usually involves some expense. I have monthly expenses to meet in order to keep this blog up and running and affiliate income helps offset those costs.
I’m particular about the companies with whom I partner.
I’m not signing up for every affiliate program under the sun just to make a buck. If a product or service does not line up with my values or lifestyle, or what I believe to be my reader’s, I will not promote it on my blog. Plain and simple.
Be sure to read my full disclosure policy here, and if you do click a link or purchase a product from my affiliates, I want to say thank you. It means a lot to me and my family as well as the companies with whom I partner!
Amazon Affiliate Program Disclosure:
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Amazon does not support, sponsor, or endorse Oh Sweet Mercy.