Wednesday 9 March 2005 — This is more than 18 years old. Be careful.
When I link to Amazon (for example, when writing about books), I do it with an Amazon Associates link. Amazon Associates is an affiliate program: when you follow my link, I get a small percentage of the money you spend at Amazon. Your price remains the same, so it’s a win-win situation for both of us.
I’m not going to get rich off of it (I’ve earned a grand total of $25.31 in the two years I’ve been a member), but money is money, am I right? I’ve added an Amazon link to the sidebar on the left. If you want to toss a few pennies my way, the next time you are heading to Amazon, use my Amazon link. Thanks!
Is it? One of the problems with accepting payment for promoting items is that some people may now suspect you're biased and shun your reviews. This applies even if you write your reviews in full honesty and the payments are very small (you might be compensating for that in volume, if your blog is very popular). I've wrestled with this question myself for some time now, and I admit that I still haven't come to a definitive conclusion, but for the time being I have stopped using the affiliate program.
In point of fact, the new Amazon link here makes no recommendataions at all: it simply links to the home page. I guess it "recommends" Amazon, but you should feel free to use other merchants if you prefer them.
You might look at the question from the other side: if you make so little money out of it, why bother?
If you feel that my recommendations are insincere or have somehow been corrupted, you shouldn't follow them. At least with this posting, you have all the information (including how many dollars' worth of corruption is involved).
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