BlogALiving makes money in several ways, and I want to be transparent with you about how it works. I strongly believe in being honest with my readers because (a) it’s the right thing to do, and (b) without readers who believe you and trust you, you lose traffic and you lose income.
- Display Ads. There are display or banner ads in my sidebars, scattered through the posts, etc. These ads come from a third-party provider, such as Google AdSense, who pays me a cut of the revenue earned from the ads. The ads earn revenue just by being loaded into your browser or, in some cases, from visitors clicking ads that interest them and being taken to another website. Side note: please never click my ads unless you really want to see what they’re offering – clicking just to support a blogger you like is considered click fraud and can get their account banned.
- Affiliate Links. If you see a link to Tiger Tech, Clicky, Amazon or another service or product provider within an article, it may be an affiliate link. This means if you click over to that other website and buy anything at all, I get a small commission which ranges from a few cents to a few dollars, or in some cases, I may get an extension of a paid membership or service. I started adding disclosures in each post where affiliate links appear in early 2015. Some older articles may not yet have the disclosures; I’m hoping to add those soon.
What about sponsored posts? Sponsored posts involve a sponsor paying you cash or free products to write about a service or product they offer. For this site, I have not yet received a sponsored post offer that I thought my readers would really enjoy, so I don’t have any sponsored posts as of now (10/27/2015). But I’ve written them on other blogs, and I’m always careful to disclose whether the post was sponsored, and in particular whether I received a product or service for free that I’m reviewing.