This blog ‘House of Surf’ aims to help people like you to build confidence and improve their surfing. I aim to teach you the many different methods of learning to surf to help you get there.
One of the main methods I teach is through my content. I aim to help people as much I can and this may also mean I use affiliate marketing. I make use of the affiliate marketing to make this blog profitable.
So let’s talk about affiliate links.
Sometimes when I recommend a product, I’ll link to the company’s website using what’s known as an affiliate or referral link. Basically, if you end up buying a product that you found via that link, I get a commission from the vendor as a small “thank you.”
Sometimes that commission is just a few dollars; sometimes it’s a little more. Sometimes it’s a one-time commission; sometimes it’s a rolling commission — so if you sign up for a monthly subscription service I might get a slice of that monthly fee.
But here’s the important thing — that referral doesn’t cost you a penny. The entire commission comes out of the vendor’s pocket not yours.
And it goes without saying that I’d never recommend a product simply because it pays a commission because that would be just gross, right?
So I only recommend products that I’ve personally used or that come highly recommended by trusted peers. (After all, if I only recommended products I’m using right now, I’d be doing you a disservice, because there are tools that are a great fit when you’re starting out, but as you grow you have different needs. Make sense?)
I put an affiliate disclaimer on any post that might have an affiliate link so it’s easy to tell. My affiliate disclaimer looks like this:
“*This post may contain affiliate links. If you click on them and purchase something, I get a small percentage of the sale.”
I think it’s a little overkill when people put “(affiliate link)” after every link on their page, and I think it takes away from the user experience, so, the safest thing to assume is that any time I link to a third-party product, I might get a small commission.
Feel free to copy this affiliate disclaimer for your own site.