20 November 2021

Affiliate Link Myths & How Clicking Them Supports Makers & Creators

Do you know what affiliate links are and how they actually work? Most people have heard of them, but rarely if ever use them. Today I want to talk about the importance of using affiliate links and how they support your favorite makers and creators. I feel like this is a topic that we need to talk about and maybe explain a bit better.

Do you appreciate the content you read and wish you could support the makers and creators you follow? Have you seen affiliate link disclosures within a post or on a site you follow? Do you know how these links support the content creator? If you do, carry on. If not let's take a minute to chat about it and dispel a few myths.

Myth #1: It costs more to use the links

There is a misconception that if you click on an affiliate link, you'll be charged a fee of some kind. Myth #1 busted! In reality, you pay no additional fees for using any affiliate links. The small commissions we make from these links come from the sale total that you're paying, with or without the use of an affiliate link.

Myth #2: Using a link isn't that big of a deal, they won't make much off my small order anyway

Every click counts. Myth #2 busted! Every purchase made from an affiliate link can result in an average commission of 3% to 10%. Some are higher, but this is the general range. Commission rates vary by company and in some cases like Amazon by type of item purchased. This fits the every penny counts formula, we make something off any sale made through our links regardless of the cart total.

Myth #3: You have to buy the item that was linked

That's a big nope! Myth #3 busted! Click the link, make a purchase, any purchase. Affiliate links aren't product-specific, any sale made through the link will earn that affiliate a commission. Affiliate links connect customers to a specific affiliate path on the back end. This ensures commissions are calculated and paid to the affiliate you've chosen to support.

"That's all great but how does this really support the maker and creators I follow?"

We make supporting content creation easy, click an affiliate link, and complete a purchase. Seems too easy, but it's simple. Content creators put a lot of time and effort into writing, curating, and publishing posts. In that process, we add photographs and nitty-gritty details for our followers. Part of that work includes adding these links. I personally don't link to any products that I don't love and use. By using these links, you are showing your support and helping me to continue providing content for you. I'd encourage you to use any of the links in my articles or direct shop links on my affiliate links page the next time you shop.

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