Sunday, July 31, 2011

Read Me!!

Happy Sunday evening!

I have come to learn over the past few weeks that titles are very important when writing and posting a blog. Most people do not have a lot of time to sit around and read blogs, so the title becomes important to grab people's attention. It has been a very stressful week and I am sorry I could not come up with a better title than "Read Me", but hopefully it gave you enough reason to come and check this blog post out!

This is a housekeeping/informative post as I have received several questions regarding the advertising I have started to do on my blog. People have been asking about how it works. I have explained it also on my Facebook page but then I realized that many of my readers are not on my personal Facebook page and that is why I am going to describe it here.

I made the decision to start advertising on my blog last week using Amazon Affiliates. I chose them because Amazon is a very well known name with an excellent reputation. Their commission rate is lower than other potential advertisers, but because of my consistently excellent experiences with them personally, I felt like it was the best way to go. I have chosen several different products to advertise on my blog which  are either related to what I usually write about and/or are a product that I have enjoyed and would therefore recommend to a friend. They are mostly books, DVDs, and Kindle products and I will be switching them up every so often. By clicking on any of the product icons, you are brought to the product page on Amazon and you can then order it or not.

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART! When you arrive at the Amazon site through my blog's link and you purchase ANYTHING during that buying session, I get a commission. So say for example, you are looking to buy a Keurig coffeemaker and you want to consider buying it on Amazon. I don't advertise Keurigs, but if you access Amazon through my blog and then go shopping, I get a percentage of whatever you purchase. I realize that a lot of my friends, family, and blog readers shop through Amazon so please try to remember to follow the Amazon advertising links from So I know that it sounds like I am soliciting like crazy here, but I'm really not. I am just asking that if you plan to do any shopping on Amazon, to think of me before you do it!

To be honest, even if tons of people shop at Amazon through my blog's advertising links, I am not going to get wealthy but I do live off of a disability check and so every dollar counts. Someone recently went to Amazon via the blog and purchased about $30 worth of books. My commission was a whopping $1.20. However I have slowly but steadily been increasing my readership, so I am hoping all those small amounts add up at some point in the future.

Thank you so much for indulging me with this whole advertising business. Most importantly, thank you to every single one of you for taking the time to read my blog and/or offer comments and feedback. As most of you know, doing this blog has always been about and will always continue to be about the writing and my desire to try and affect other people's lives in whatever small way I can. Writing and working on this blog has helped give my days some purpose and challenged me to explore my passion for writing. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or e-mail me at

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