The Amazon associates (also known as affiliates) program lets websites earn a percentage of sales on products purchased via links from their sites. If I recommend a product and include an affiliate link, and you click on the link and buy the product, Amazon gives me some percentage of the sale price. (The percentage varies by product.)
It doesn’t affect the price you pay — you still get Amazon’s lowest price, which they try to make sure is the lowest price anywhere. And for things like book sales, the dollars don’t exactly add up quickly. If you buy one of my books for $4.99, I would get .20.
But the link works to purchase any one product for a period of 24 hours. So if you decide not to buy the book I linked to, but do decide to buy some shampoo, my site gets credited for the shampoo purchase. This is obviously much nicer for me when the purchase is something like a computer rather than shampoo, but pennies do add up.
And while I blog because I like it, I do spend time and energy and writing hours working on my blog when I should be writing books, so if you enjoy reading it, supporting it via the affiliate links is a good way to encourage me to keep writing it.
That said, I’m not going to turn my blog into a product recommendation blog. I don’t have room in my life to start buying things to recommend!
I’m also not going to start running ads on my main page. But I am going to add an ad to this page, just to make it a nice, convenient, large link. And because I still think it’s fun to see one of my book covers in an ad. 😛
Thanks for your support!
And the formal stuff, as required by Amazon: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.