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 evenstevenmoney@gmail.com to learn more.

Affiliate Links*

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.

Republic Wireless

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.

Blue Host

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.

What has your experience been with Affiliate Marketing?  Have you tried any of the affiliate links I mentioned?  Am I going to get fired by Amazon again after posting this?

18 Responses to “October Mentions, Affiliate Links and Getting Fired by Amazon

  • All great affiliate companies to be working with! I am getting more into affiliate marketing and it’s been good so far. Love how passive it is.
    Michelle recently posted…$14,136 in October Income – My Monthly Online Income ReportMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      I’m certainly in the early stages, I have been reviewing companies that I use and love to see if we both are a match for Even Steven Money.

  • Those are some solid affiliates to work with. Amazon shut down their program in Minnesota for some time due to a tax law passed here, but recently (actually almost exactly a month ago) allowed people to open up associates accounts again. Needless to say I’m excited to get back in the habit of sharing Amazon affiliate links.
    DC @ Young Adult Money recently posted…3 Ways Homeowners Can Save MoneyMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      If it works for both people I figure why not have a mutual benefit.

  • I have zero experience with affiliate marketing but I do know the big ones like Amazon personally review web pages on occasion. I didn’t know you weren’t allowed to mention that. I guess its good to know for the future. And well done on getting fired within one day, I bet you didn’t see that coming! 🙂
    Dan @ Our Big Fat Wallet recently posted…How Income Splitting WorksMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Yeah I thought my idea was so great, use all the affiliate marketing to go towards Fincon#15, I personally think they misunderstood my intentions, but in the end lesson learned.

  • I love seeing people make money with their blogs…mostly because I don’t. I like all the companies you’ve chosen, too! We use a different MVNO, but Republic Wireless seems like a good (and popular) choice.
    Done by Forty recently posted…House LustMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      It’s a start in the right direction towards sharing things that I use and love with people who trust and/or read Even Steven.

  • Sounds like a pretty fantastic October Even Steven! And thanks again for inviting me to guest post for you, I really enjoyed writing it and being a small part of your site during the month!

    And congrats on getting started with your affiliate marketing! Hope you have some great success with this – I might need to ask you for a few tips if and when I ever get started with this! (although now I know how not to get fired after 1 day 😉 )


    Jason @ Islands of Investing recently posted…Relishing ‘The Game’ (and it’s all just a game, isn’t it?)My Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Thanks for writing, October needed a guy like you to write something good instead of that Even Steven guy on here all the time.
      1 small step in right direction right and all of those other cliche quotes. Yeah I’ll do my best to learn more about the affiliate marketing part, I’m less concerned with some of the details right now and more concerned with a company I use and trust that’s mutually beneficial for both of us.

  • So happy you wrote a Dear Debt letter. Nice job on all the mentions. You ROCKED October, my friend. I am just getting into affiliate marketing but am pretty picky. We’ll see how it goes!
    Melanie @ My Alternate Life recently posted…November 1st Net Worth Update!My Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Thanks Melanie for the kind words and good luck with your picky choices!

  • I got approved for a couple of affiliates recently so hopefully I will get some dough rolling in. Thanks for sharing your experience look forward to hearing some more good news.
    Syed recently posted…Diamonds in the Rough Roundup 10/31/14My Profile

  • Sorry about the Amazon “firing.” It’s always the fine print or honest mistakes that sometimes come out of nowhere and leave you thinking, “what did I do?” You are still doing quite well otherwise and there are tons of other affiliates and ad networks out there. Keep on saving and investing.
    DivHut recently posted…Dividend Income Update – October 2014My Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Yeah it definitely took me by surprise, but it’s OK nice little blogging lesson for me.

  • Hey Steven,

    I hope the affiliates work out well for you! I haven’t had too much from Amazon myself, but I don’t really push it. If it fits with what I am doing, then yea I will put in a link, but I don’t force fit it in anywhere.

    Good luck!
    Kipp recently posted…The Most Important Personal Finance Concept?My Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Thanks Kipp, yeah I won’t put on anything I don’t use or wouldn’t buy myself.

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