October Mentions, Affiliate Links and Getting Fired by Amazon
October has come and gone and we all have moved another day closer to retirement. During the month I attempted to write for 31 days straight as part of Luke1428’s Oktoberfest Writing Challenge, which I wrote about here. I had the privilege to be featured on a few great websites, including Rockstar Finance, NoMoreWaffles, Disease Called Debt, and Money Smart Guides all had great things to say about my blog post on Hot Doug and his early retirement by selling hot dogs! I’m always grateful and humbled when someone takes the time to mention one of my articles on their website, so expect this to be a regular monthly occurrence to share these mentions, assuming I write something you guys like of course.
I was also included in Mini Money Blog for my confession of a Landlord post, check out his site, I think it has a great design and I’m just starting to dive into his posts. I was also encouraged by Melanie at Dear Debt to write a Dear Debt Letter which was a great way to start October off and a great way to get the creative juices flowing(a phrase I secretly hate). I’m also going to cheat a little and include a late September mention from Action Econ, because like them who doesn’t enjoy a good DIY Toilet article?!
Last but certainly not least, a big thank you to Islands of Investing for writing a great guest post right here on Even Steven Money that discussed questions like: So what is the difference between growth and income investing? How can you tell the difference between a growth and income stock? If you enjoy reading about investments and are looking for more insight this one is for you. If you are interested in guest posting on Even Steven Money, please contact me at email@example.com to learn more.
As I am coming up on my 6th month anniversary of Even Steven Money and the first time I ever posted I am excited about the future not only my financial future, but the future of this blog. I am not one to post things I have not experienced in my own life, whether it’s cutting costs, saving money, investing, DIY, early retirement, or sharing a part of my life experiences. Everything that I put on Even Steven is mine and what I believe in and what I have experienced. What this has lead to is my decision to use affiliate links, which is a link/banner that when you click and make a purchase using the link, a commission is paid to the website hosting the link/banner, like a few I have on the right side sidebar of my blog. I currently have 3 affiliate’s that I use and I believe in, let me introduce them to you.
I’m sure many of you have heard of Republic Wireless and maybe some of you have even made the switch to this low cost wireless carrier. When I first came across RW and the idea of running my cell phone primarily through Wi-Fi I thought these guys and gals were on to something brilliant. Plus the savings and low cost plans were great, I would have possibly accepted making calls through a can and a piece of string for $10/month. I have been with RW for coming up on a year, I wasn’t the first beta tester or anything, but I did purchase the first offering of the Moto X. I am proud to have Republic Wireless as one of my affiliate links, it is someone I use and refer people to on an everyday basis. They have saved me hundreds of dollars switching from Verizon, I will share all of the details this month in an upcoming post, make sure to be the first to read it by signing up via email, feedly, or bloglovin’ all found on the right side of my blog.
I will keep this one short and sweet since I mentioned them in my previous blog post. If you are going to start a blog on WordPress, use Blue Host period. It was one of the best blogging business decisions I have made. What I did was use MMM guide on how to start a blog and gave one of the little guys like me the affiliate link love(p.s don’t feel bad I used MMM for Republic Wireless). Simple as that.
This one is a prime example that I’m very new to understanding affiliate links, in fact I was fired from Amazon in 1-day, shortly after posting a page with an Amazon banner. My short lived idea was to use any money earned for #Fincon15, instead I received a nice email informing me of the following:
While reviewing your Amazon Associates application, we noticed that your web site announces that a portion or all proceeds of Amazon.com orders will go to a particular charity, organization, or individual. Associates are not allowed to offer incentives to visitors to purchase through their links by stating a certain amount will be donated, rebated, etc.
I knew this wasn’t my intention so I quickly opened up another Amazon affiliate user and took down the page and posted a banner on the right side of my blog. I will share and review items I purchase with Amazon in the future, like the Early Retirement Extreme book. I’m new to affiliate marketing and affiliate links, but I want to share with you what I use, as I wouldn’t recommend anything I didn’t use myself and completely believe in. When I’m looking to make purchases one of the first places I will go to is Amazon. For example when I was looking for a 35 pound Kettlebell, I went to Amazon because I wanted to see what the prices were and what was the best item to buy for the best price. I suggest before making almost any purchase you do your homework and research the prices, reviews, and brands available, my hope is you stop here first to help out a fellow blogger.
I use and believe in the products I recommend. As I figure out more and more about affiliate marketing, I will share my experiences with other bloggers and give my recommendation on items I use. I’m hoping I set the bar low by getting fired by Amazon in 1-day, but it will only get better right?!?!
*Like Mr. 1500 Days I say to you: Many of the below links are affiliate links. If you sign up and/or make a purchase, the blog makes a little bit of money and you are getting a great product. With that out of the way, I would never recommend anything I didn’t use myself and completely believe in.