I recently went through a phase where I was buying more books than usual for one reason or another. I had a bit of birthday money to spend (books!), I was getting things for my OTSP Secret Sister (books!), I was going to more author events (books!) … and then there were just some books that I couldn’t resist based on reviews that I’d read. And it suddenly dawned on me that I should be purchasing through my blogger friends’ sites!!
Now, this shouldn’t have been a big revelation. I mean, we all know that a lot of us bloggers use affiliate links on our sites. None of us are making big bucks off of these (well, I’m not – if you are, I want to know your secrets!). But, unless I’m specifically buying a book that I’m reading a review for right then and there (which is actually pretty rare), I don’t think to go back to a blog before I purchase. I just go straight to Amazon and find what I want and buy it. It was never an intentional thing – I just didn’t think about going back to the blog before I purchased.
But I’m going to make a special effort to change that now! Heck, I buy TONS of stuff through Amazon. Why not click on someone’s link to get there instead of just going straight to Amazon? (I’m pretty sure that once I click through from someone’s site, they get credit for my purchase, even if I end up buying something completely different than what was advertised – someone correct me if I’m wrong). It’s one extra click, so as long as the Amazon link is displayed prominently on someone’s site, it won’t be hard to do. And then I’m benefiting another blogger and supporting their blog. It’s so simple – why didn’t I think of this sooner?!
So, I’m going to try this out. I don’t know for sure – maybe it will end up being a big pain and I’ll end up going back to just heading straight to Amazon, but I don’t think it will make that much of a difference to me. Why not at least try it?
How do you feel about affiliate links (and/or ads) on blogs? Do they bug you?
Do you use affiliate links when you shop? Do you display affiliate links (for Amazon or another book retailer) on your blog? If so, let me know and I’ll make sure to make your blog one of the ones I go to when I shop!
(Don’t worry – I’m not going to be putting this at the bottom of all of my posts from now on or anything. I just thought it was appropriate for this post. My normal affiliate link is at the bottom of my right sidebar – and in my Amazon links for my reviews – but I’m considering putting it somewhere a little more prominent – I don’t want it to be big and annoying, though.)