When I started my blog in November 2017, I had no clue what affiliate marketing was.

At first, I thought it was a scam but when I read about it, my perspectives changed. It’s a great way to get paid for the products I actually buy by recommending them. How cool is that? I figured I would give it a shot and see if my recommendations, like books, can help others and in return help monetize my blog. It’s a win-win situation, so let’s see where this takes me.

So what exactly is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is when you refer someone to a product or service, via affiliate links, and in return get paid a small commission, but only if there is a purchase made or if they sign up for some kind of service. There is no additional cost to that person whatsoever. They are only charged for whatever purchase they decide to make, that’s it. There’s no “catch” to it.

As a precaution: Affiliate marketing is only a scam when people are inauthentic about it; they just care about making the money and could care less about the products and services they are referring. So be careful and take caution.

The affiliate marketing programs I currently participate in are: Amazon and Swagbucks 

Amazon –  We all know about the many deals Amazon has to offer. As much as I love to go to brick and mortar stores to check out books, Amazon is a way cheaper place to buy them, no doubt. There’s also so many products and services Amazon offers that you just can’t buy in stores or elsewhere, so I have no problem promoting them, but only if they are things I recommend.

Any of the product/service links I provide in my blog in reference to Amazon are affiliate links where I get paid a small commission only if you make a purchase on that product or anything else within 24 hours. The commission varies on the products and services. If I remember correctly, they range between 4-9%.

Swagbucks – I use this every day. There are just so many options to choose from. I don’t participate in the surveys much because it’s a waste of time, but I do use Swagbucks to search for various deals. I was able to get back $22 from Turbo Tax, just because I was signed into my Swagbucks account when I did my taxes. Swagbucks even has a deal with Amazon, so you not only do you get a deal with Amazon, you get a deal with Swagbucks.

If you sign up with Swagbucks through my referral linkI will receive 10% of whatever you earn through their account. So if you bought Turbo Tax through Swagbucks and earned $22 back from them, not only do you get $22, I get $2.20.

So far that’s all I have right now. There are other affiliate links but either they didn’t really work out for me or they just don’t resonate. I’ll only post links that I recommend. If I come across anything new, I’ll be sure to update this page.