Monday, November 25, 2013

Shopping this holiday season? Go through a blogger's affiliate link!

Shopping this holiday season? Do it through a blogger's affiliate link! -- SpiritGrooves & Hobo MamaAs you buy the items on your holiday list this year, keep your favorite bloggers in mind!

If you're shopping online, particularly at Amazon.com, you can shop through your favorite writers' affiliate links and give them a little holiday gift, too!

Buying through an affiliate link works just the same for you as shopping by going directly to the Amazon (or another shop's) site. You don't pay any more than you would otherwise, but the store itself funnels a few cents over to the blogger as a thanks for the referral.

Do you know bloggers who are struggling this season to make ends meet? Are there writers you'd love to reward for being particularly timely and touching in what they share with readers? Do you just want to spread the holiday love and cheer?

Then make it a point to shop through an affiliate link this season and throughout the year!

To make it easy for you, we have a linky list of bloggers' Amazon affiliate links, as well as a linky of affiliate links to other popular online stores.

If you're a blogger, sign up with your links!

To help you remember to shop through an affiliate link, bookmark a few! Teresa shows how in her innovative tutorial. Simply drag two or three into your bookmarks bar, and name them "Amazon." Now anytime you want to go to Amazon, click on one, and you'll be set to give that blogger a little tip for being awesome!

Shopping this holiday season? Do it through a blogger's affiliate link! -- SpiritGrooves & Hobo Mama

Need more info on affiliate-link shopping? Check out our frequently asked questions below!

 

Affiliate linkies!

These linky lists have a permanent home on Hobo Mama and at Spirit Grooves.

But I'm reproducing them here for your linking & shopping convenience!

Amazon Associates links

To enter: Put your blog name in the Title field and your affiliate link to the Amazon homepage in the URL field.

To use: Click on one of these links every time before you check out at Amazon!





Other affiliate links

To enter: Put the store name and your blog name in the Title field, as well as any information on what the store sells if that would be useful. Put your affiliate link to the store homepage in the URL field.

To use: Check out these links to other stores and small businesses you might shop!





If you need any of your links edited or removed, let me know through my contact form or at mail {at} HoboMama {dot} com.


 

FAQ


1. How do affiliate links track my purchase?
When you click an affiliate link, your browser stores a cookie that tracks any purchase you make from that point to the cookie's expiration date. Amazon's cookies expire quickly, after a day. Other stores have cookies that last 30 days to 90 days (usually). You'll reset a cookie if you click on someone else's link before checkout as well. It's best to click the affiliate link you want just before checkout to make sure it's active and the one you want.

2. Do I pay extra when I shop through an affiliate link?
Not at all! The store pays the affiliate fee out of its own earnings, as a thank-you for the blogger's referral of a customer.

3. Is my shopping experience different if I shop through an affiliate link?
Nope! Once you click the link, you're on the shop's website, same as always. You can browse around, update your account, enter any coupon codes … same as before! The tracking cookie is invisible and doesn't affect your shopping or checkout experience at all.

4. Shouldn't I just shop through my own affiliate links?
You can't make sales through your own affiliate links on Amazon. Other stores might have different policies, but Amazon simply won't track them. If you're found illegally manipulating accounts to do it, you can be kicked out of the Amazon Associates program for good. So it's worth it to shop through some other lovely person's link and spread the wealth!

Back to the linkies!

Share!

We have a whole host of buttons on our permanent pages (Spirit Grooves and Hobo Mama), but here are a few. Feel free to display a button in your sidebar, pin to Pinterest, share on Facebook, and just generally let everyone know to shop through YOUR affiliate links!

I'm even including a little blog post right here you can share on your blog, in HTML, to attract your readers to shop through your affiliate link. (You are of course welcome to edit it!)

Blog post:

Images:
Shopping this holiday season? Do it through a blogger's affiliate link! -- SpiritGrooves & Hobo Mama



Shopping this holiday season? Do it through a blogger's affiliate link! -- SpiritGrooves & Hobo Mama



Shopping this holiday season? Do it through a blogger's affiliate link! -- SpiritGrooves & Hobo Mama



Shopping this holiday season? Do it through a blogger's affiliate link! -- SpiritGrooves & Hobo Mama



Shopping this holiday season? Do it through a blogger's affiliate link! -- SpiritGrooves & Hobo Mama



Shopping this holiday season? Do it through a blogger's affiliate link! -- SpiritGrooves & Hobo Mama



Shopping this holiday season? Do it through a blogger's affiliate link! -- SpiritGrooves & Hobo Mama



Shopping this holiday season? Do it through a blogger's affiliate link! -- SpiritGrooves & Hobo Mama

1 comments:

Jacquelyn Byers said...

This is so sweet of you! Thanks so much for doing this.

<3 <3

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