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 whether you click on a link to a book or a link that says, If you’d like to support my blog, start your Amazon shopping here! my site gets credited for the first product you buy on Amazon within the next 24 hours.
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! But adding affiliate links to my posts is an easy way for me to try to earn money on my blog. And if I earn money on my blog, then the content on my blog becomes part of my writing business, not just life as usual, and that would be really nice come tax time 2018.
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.