In the past few months, it’s really come to my mind to try and make something of my blog and website – as it’s something I pay for with hard-earned money, where I pay host fees, as well all the hard work like fellow bloggers to keep my site filled with original content.
As someone who focuses primarily on writing about beauty products, I thought about ways that I can benefit from this while not losing the integrity of my writing. I have this written on my Home Page, but I aim to always be honest in my reviews, and I feel a way to maintain a balance of honest criticism but also be a financially viable and self-sustaining website is to use affiliate links.
This will take the form of an asterisk (for example, “[product name in a link]*”) as well as leaving a disclosure message at the start of my blog post that states they are present before you are likely to click them. I am still in the process of wording it exactly, but it will read something along the lines of:
Disclaimer: Links with a “*” beside them are affiliate links, and are purposely set so that Hollypop can potentially be supported.
The reason I’m disclosing this now is because I value you all as my readers. I have no intentions of misleading you or taking advantage of you. You do not have to read my blog, give me traffic in any form, and because I appreciate your support, I wish to be clear about my intentions. The blogging community is very easy to get lost in as a place of people taking advantage of sponsorships (not the same as affiliate links, I am not paid to link them, I choose them for myself) or means of earning money.
I do not expect to earn a lot of money from using these links, only to cover my costs. You do not have to support me in any way if you do not wish to, and I will not try and mislead you or trick you into doing so. This is why I’m writing this short post, so that I can maintain an honest and fair relationship with you all.
I thank you for taking the time to read my spontaneous post, and I hope you will continue to support me. If you have any questions or suggestions, I would love to hear from you or answer any queries.