According to the FTC guidelines for bloggers, I have to inform you every time I use an affiliate link, link to a product I was given for free to review (whether I was paid for my time or not,) or write about products or companies with which I have any kind of relationship. Not that the guidelines would affect my blogging much anyway, since I already have a strict honesty policy myself. But you already knew that, didn’t you?
If you don’t know by now that I am a stay-home mom, homeschooling three children and surviving on one income in a two income world,..then you haven’t been reading my blog. And if you’re new here, then there a couple things you should know.
My main goal with this blog is honor God and encourage women. I also believe that God has given me this blog as a way to provide for homeschool curriculum and pay a few extra bills. Since April of 2012, I’ve been trying to build my blog, not only as a means of income but also as a means of encouragement to homeschool moms.
My mission statement for the blog: Classic Housewife is about being the best wife, mother, homemaker and homeschooling parent that I can be –and encouraging other moms to be the same. It’s about seeking to glorify God in all that we do, whether working, playing, learning, loving or just simply living life.
In my writing, I link to items and websites using affiliate links –links that will earn me a small commission if you make a purchase. Most of the affiliate links I use are for products we regularly use and enjoy (things I would have told you about anyway.)
That said, when I do use affiliate links I:
- Make sure that the information I’m offering is true, correct, and my own opinion.
- Post links to items and websites I feel positively about/think my readers will genuinely be interested in.
- Speak truthfully. If I say I bought, used, tried, or ordered something, I did.
- Welcome any feedback on items, offers and websites I link to – good or bad.
- Use an affiliate link for something I am already going to blog about if I have one.
- Indicate at the top of a post if affiliate links are used.
- Indicate at the bottom of the post whether I was compensated in some way other than through an affiliate link, such as a being given a free product to try or being given a book to review.
Here’s a short list of some of my favorite affiliates I regularly promote:
1.) Amazon.com – If l link to Amazon, I use an affiliate link. By doing so, I earn a small commission on any purchase you make within a certain period of time. It doesn’t cost you any more money, or make you buy something that you weren’t going to already, it just leaves me a little tip in the tip jar for pointing you to their site. Yay me!
My official Amazon disclosure: **Amber Oliver is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.**
2.) Google – I have google ads and a google search bar on some of my pages. Google ads aren’t big money makers, but pennies add up dude! I’ve tried to tailor the ads and my posts so that they provide relevant links to something you may be searching for. If not, I tried!
3.) Currclick.com – If you buy any Currclick item with my affiliate link, I get a credit to use on their site or cash out. Affiliate links to Currclick help make my children smarter.
4.) Bright Ideas Press – They publish the history curriculum we love, love, love: The Mystery of History. I rave about this curriculum. Ask me. =)
For more information about affiliate links and the links I use, check out my Faves page.
I also use links to the above in my sidebars, I sometimes accept paid or product-payment reviews (if the product fits an interest or fills a need) and I do offer ad space.
I like the items I link to, or I wouldn’t share them. You may not like everything I like–and that’s okay. But feel free to leave a comment on such posts and share your own personal experience with any product, link or website that I link to or promote. Discussion is always welcome.
And of course, if you haven’t already, you can get my full feed in your inbox. That part doesn’t make me any money, but it sure is nice.