First of all, thank you so much for reading and supporting this blog. This blog began as a hobby but has since allowed me to generate a small side business, and for that I am truly grateful.
As you may or may not be aware, there are many ways in which a blogger can “monetize” their blog. I do this a few ways that I’d like to walk you through below so you won’t be caught off guard by the labels on certain posts. I want you to know that I do not accept free items, money, or any other forms of compensation in exchange for fake reviews. All items that I write about will be my honest opinion, the good, bad, and the ugly, or I will not write about it at all. I also will pass on any opportunities that don’t align with my personal values or my lifestyle. (Examples of other reasons I’ve said no are outlined in this post.)
I run ads through Numus Digital. These are impression and click based ads, so visiting my website will provide me with an “impression” commission, and if you click one I may receive an additional commission from the advertiser. I also run a widget on my sidebar through Shopbop. They provide me with a monthly gift card stipend for doing so.
Occasionally I will post sponsored content, which means that I was paid to write about a particular product or experience. (Examples here and here.) Often this means a brand will contact me directly, send a product they would like me to try, and provide me a few talking points about their product. Additionally, I will share my honest personal experience with the product(s) or service(s). On social media, you will see sponsored content denoted by the #ad hashtag.
On posts which contain clothing and beauty items, you may notice links to the products so that you can check them out on the retail website and purchase them if you so choose. Clicking on an affiliate link from my blog may place a tracking cookie in your browser to provide me with a small commission. I use a couple of affiliate link tools – ShopStyle is what I use for the majority of my posts, and I usually make about $.02-.05 for each click. I also use Commission Junction and ShareASale which provide commissions, typically between 1-10%, if you click my link and then make a purchase, sometimes even so long as 30 days after. This only occurs if you haven’t clicked someone else’s affiliate link in the meantime. No harm no foul, feel free to support whoever you feel comfortable with, if anyone!
Sometimes companies send me a sample of a product or products for consideration for use in a future editorial or post on my blog, or to share on social media. Sometimes this is a piece of clothing, a beauty product, a dog treat or toy, or something else. Either way, I incorporate these into a post I would already write and share my honest opinions about the item(s).
Press discounts are sometimes provided in lieu of product. A company may provide me with a discount code to use towards a purchase of a product or service in exchange for a written review of my experience.
Complimentary Services are defined as services that were provided in exchange or in consideration of a blog post and/or sharing on social media. This means that I was, for example, given a free haircut in exchange for sharing my honest experiences at the salon. (Example here.)
Gifted items are defined as items that were sent as a gift, either from a brand, friend, or family member, not in exchange for a post or other advertisement on my blog or social media. These items, like gifts you receive from anyone, come with no strings and I may incorporate them in future posts. I usually will mark these c/o if they come from a business or “gift” if it was from a friend or family member, or received in a gift bag and I’m unsure of the source.
I Bought It
This designation indicates that I purchased items in the post myself and the products were not provided for consideration of a review.
If you’re here because you’re wondering if I will share your product or service with my readers, view my advertisement policy or feel free to contact me via email. If I missed something else and you’re wondering about it, please feel free to contact me at any time. Thanks so much for visiting!