I think I’ve come up with a win-win-win.
Bear with me, but I reckon it’s a way that:
- I can give personal recommendations for any tools I’m using to simplify my life and improve my finances;
- You can get the unbiased lowdown and decide whether they might work for you;
- And, as an added bonus, we might even raise some money for a good cause.
I’ve always been strongly of the opinion that this site should not contain advertising. So that’s why you see no banner ads promising ‘one weird trick’ to remove belly fat and no paid guest posts by companies or brands bigging up their wares. I understand why some people do that, but speaking as someone who writes about cutting back, saving money and living with less, well, it didn’t seem right.
This means, effectively, that I’ve been leaving some money on the table.
But what if we can harness some of that money for good?
Now, don’t panic, I’m not going to start plastering the site with click-bait ads. But what I am talking about is starting to use the occasional affiliate link.
Affiliate links work like any other link – they take you through to another website when you click on it. But they’re set up so the referring site can sometimes get a reward of a few pennies, perhaps per click or perhaps when the reader signs up with an account.
Honestly, I’ve been really torn about whether to start using these or not. On the one hand, I love discovering things that make my life simpler or cheaper and sharing my discoveries here. But I would never want my readers to think I was taking advantage of them or didn’t have their best interests at heart. YOU ARE MY PEOPLE!
I would absolutely hate it if people thought I was pushing some product down their throat in order to make a few pence for myself. I mean, ugh.
Affiliate links also don’t make a huge amount of money, so the idea of ‘selling out’ for a couple of quid seemed stupid.
But I’ve been thinking long and hard and … I reckon I’ve devised a non-grubby way of occasionally using affiliate links on the site. Here goes.
My pledges are:
- All my writing will remain completely unbiased, objective and free from commerical interests;
- I will continue to give my REAL recommendations for great services I use and get value from, which I think could save you either money, time or stress. Sometimes I may use an affiliate link, sometimes not, but it’ll never influence my writing;
- Posts with affiliate links will be few and far between and I won’t shy away from raising any potential downsides of the products or services linked to;
- Affiliate links will always be clearly marked as such;
- ALL money I make through affiliate links, I will donate to the debt charity StepChange.
Yup, that’s right. Any and all money the site makes in this way will go straight to charity.
I’m finally emerging from a really long and painful battle with debt, but I know so many people have it so much worse than me. I haven’t faced long periods of joblessness, been chased by bailiffs or had my home repossessed. I haven’t had to support children or had to choose between paying off debts or buying essentials like food. Problem debt wrecks homes and families, and StepChange does great work helping those in crisis.
I think this could be a good way to tell you about services I get value from – which I would do anyway – while contributing to a great cause.
For example, I might recommend a book about minimalism, a survey site I’ve been using to make some spare cash or a meditation app.
But I’m keen to hear your thoughts. Seriously, if everyone thinks it’s a dreadful idea, it won’t happen. Simple as that.
Do you think it’s a good plan? Or would it make you trust the site less? Please feel free to leave an honest message below and let’s see where we go.
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