The other day I was a little bit over-excited. Why?
How can a person get so excited over 42 English pence? Well it was my first ever earning from Amazon affiliates. Thank you to the person who probably clicked on a book link and ended up buying a pepper mill – I’d love to know who that was!?!
My day job is in digital media so I have been intrigued to experiment and learn about affiliate revenue. While the subject of making money from content can be a controversial subject in some circles, I don’t think that there’s any harm in hoping that I might make a few quid to support my bookaholism.
I do have a fairly subtle approach however founded on a couple of key principles:
- I only link to products from a supplier I would happily buy from myself and that I think is value for money.
- I try to put links where I think that they will be useful or relevant to people.
So that set me off thinking that there are some other affiliates I’d like to link to such as AbeBooks (not a paid link) which are a great source of used books, but the free version of WordPress does block most forms of affiliate links which while I totally understand the principle behind is a little bit restrictive. It is their right to do so – after all I’m using their space and tools free of charge but it makes me wonder whether there is any merit in paying.
I think it’s pretty obvious that my love of books is my primary purpose for blogging (I really wouldn’t write so much if it wasn’t) along with enjoying opinions and thoughts of the wonderful bookish community out there. On the other hand I’d love to know what other people think in general and recommendations about whether or not to upgrade to a paid hosting format.
I know that talking about money can be a little controversial but I’m feeling brazen today! Go on, give me your thoughts – I dare you…