Disclosure: Some of the services or products that I talk about and/or recommend may pay me a small commission when you buy them, but…
- You should know that I only recommend products that I use or have used and I know will serve you well as you get started with blogging.
- My recommendation of these products is beneficial to both of us. It saves you time and effort and in some cases I have locked in additional discounts and additional perks.
For example, Inmotion Hosting extended a special discount when you use my link, Siteground also offers a deep discount when you use the link in this site and both of them offer a free domain when you use my link.
So in a simple way, if you buy something I will make a little bit of money. But I feel that I have provided you with really high quality information that will benefit you so I think it’s fair if I get a little kickback.
Some of this information may seem simple to you now that you’ve gone through it, but it has taken years to hone in the right way of doing things and it has taken me countless hours of hard work to put it all together for you to use at no additional charge.
I also have some expenses to keep this blog up and running, like hosting, the Genesis theme, and part of my Aweber autoresponder list. If you noticed on the front page, I also offer free email support for new bloggers if you have questions so I hope we can agree that when you buy one of the recommended products, you are helping yourself and helping me keep this site running.
Some frequently asked questions about this disclosure:
How much do you earn with this blog?
I don’t really like to disclose exact numbers, but it can be enough to cover my expenses and some of my time. I can also make enough to buy a new gadget or take the family out for a nice dinner or something like that. I like the additional income and it’s really nice but I’m not going to be rich from it anytime soon. This leads me to another question.
How can I make money with my own blog or site?
Making money online from a blog is a thing. Really, I have a few other sites that make a nice passive income, but the one mistake that many bloggers make is to start a blog just to make money. The best way I can answer how to make money with your blog is to serve a purpose, to help a lot of people, and to promote a product that people need in order to accomplish the thing you are helping them do. Case in point, this blog is read by many people and people that want to start a blog need the products I recommend so it works for everybody.
If you want to make money with your blog, make sure you focus on providing the highest quality content, and make sure you create opportunities for your audience to buy a product that pays you. If you have a business, then make sure you mention ways in which your readers can benefit from your business.
My favorite way of making money online is how this blog does it. I provide you with top quality content, recommend a product and if you decide to buy it, I make a commission. Besides the email support, I don’t need to constantly work on this and the additional income is more or less automatic.
Is this a common way to make money online with a blog?
Yes, we call it performance marketing or more commonly affiliate marketing. This has been around for over a decade and it is available to anybody that wants to participate. Virtually every type of industry or market has affiliate products that can be promoted for a commission. The company that offers an affiliate program pays you only when your recommendation generates a sale. This way everybody wins. The company doesn’t have to spend a lot of money on a full time or part time employee that may or may not be a good sales person, and you can make as much money as you can or as you want to based on your efforts and skills.
After you launch your blog, you can research some ways to add passive affiliate income to your blog. It’s quite easy to get started with that too!
How much money do you get from each commission?
The commission structure varies from company to company and it also varies based on performance. Since the commission changes based on different factors, it is better if you take a look yourself.
So… what’s the catch for me when I use your links?
No catch. You don’t pay anything extra. You don’t have any special commitments when you use my links. But as I mentioned before, I have secured some extra perks for you when you do use my links. You get discounts, a free domain and a few different perks.
We can even go one step further. If privacy is important to you, then you should also know that I don’t get any information about you or your blog (unless you specifically email me about it). The company doesn’t give me any of your information, they simply notify me that I have earned a new commission through one of my links and it shows up on my dashboard with a unique id number but no name, or other information about you is ever revealed to me.
Why did I disclose all all this?
I have this here because I like full disclosure, I prefer transparency over secrecy and I want you to be aware of it. I think that this establishes more trust and honesty between us. I think that based on the information I provided on this blog, most people wouldn’t care that I earn money from it but I think it’s a good thing to have it out in the open.
If you have any other questions, you can get in touch with me. As always, I will try to get back to you within 24 hours, and don’t forget to check the previously asked and frequently asked questions too.