For those of you who aren't aware, affiliate programs pay you a small percentage from each sale when you advertise their products. I won't ever push you to buy anything... that is not my goal in writing this blog, so please don't feel obligated. If you do see something you want to purchase though, buying through my link will help support my efforts and will always be most appreciated.
Today, I added a new affiliate program. It's called Linkshare and allows you to choose from hundreds of companies, all of whom pay a different commission. You must apply to each company individually and then choose specific links. This makes it a very personalized for of advertising. You might have noticed that I now have links to iTunes, Microsoft and Linkshare on the side of this blog. These links were choosen very deliberately.
- I adore my iPod... in fact, I never leave the house without it and probably couldn't make it to and from Michigan without it, so iTunes is a logical choice.
- I am currently typing on a PC (currently running Vista) that I hope to upgrade to Windows 7 soon. I have always been a PC girl, so another logical choice. Plus, I know a lot of people who want to buy the new Halo game and you can get it directly from Microsoft.
- Finally, since I think Linkshare is such a great opportunity, I'm providing a link directly to it so each of you can have the opportunity to do the same thing I'm doing.
And finally, I have AdSense. This falls at the bottom of my sidebar because I dont get to select the links. The ads are generated by Google based on my blog topics. They select opportunities that might appeal to the people reading my posts. These are based on click-throughs, which means I get a couple cents every time you click on one of them. Again, no obligation... I'm certainly not asking you to go through and click on them for no reason, but if you see something that interests you, click away!
So that's what I've been up to. I've also been working with my online reading/discussion group (we now have a whopping 50 members!!) to select our first book for the month of February and adding new books (and working out minor kinks) for my Send Brain Cells application. It's coming along nicely and you will find a link to it on my sidebar as well. For those of you with Amazon Affiliate programs, feel free to sign up for my app and add some books to it. Users can add gifts and there is a section to include a link. I include a direct affiliate link to each book I create with a button that says "Buy this book at Amazon". I can't possibly add all the books Amazon offers and I'm happy to help any of you get your affiliate marketing off the ground.
After what I feel was probably the most productive week I've had in a while, I'm getting ready to leave for relaxation, romance and some computer-free time with my honey. Hope you all enjoy your weekend and I'll chat with you (well, write to you, if you want to get technical about it) next week!