An Optimistic Assumption That I Will Eventually Earn Money Here
I take a lot of pride in being a blogger, which may sound stupid consider blogs are so easy to make these days that pretty much everyone and their mother can manage one. Managing and writing one professionally, however, is a different ballgame, and there are a few things I must disclose as such.
In 2009, the FTC issued a ruling regarding the disclosure of advertising and endorsement via online venues. Sound confusing? It is. Basically it means that I, as a blogger who hopes (key word) to eventually begin making profit for my writing, I must include this page to tell you as a reader exactly how I might be making money on this site. That’s right, let’s make it even harder for writers to make money with their craft.
And ultimately, the purpose of this website is for me to write, not to make money. The latter is an additional perk. I will write this blog regardless of whether I end up making money it. I did free platform travel blogging for over a year before this. I write this blog because I love travel and I love to write. If I happen to be able to turn those passions into enough money to fund them, fantastic. If not, I’ve been told I’m a pretty good waitress.
So here are some ways I may or may not make money on this site:
- Advertising: You may notice that you see some ads on this site. Those are there so that I can make a little bit of money for each view my site gets. I really hope they’re not too annoying and if they are, please let me know.
- Amazon Affiliates: Because I am a member of Amazon Affiliates, if you purchase any products on Amazon via the link I provide I get a percentage (albeit a small one) of the profit. However, I want you to know how seriously I thus take the products I promote on this site. Any product I promote, I do so because I truly trust and like the product (that or I want you to stay far far away from it). As a travel writer with a degree in English, I don’t have much money and thus the money I do have is carefully spent on well-researched products and I like to give back to others searching for personal testimonies by offering my own. Also, unlike many blogs, if I mention a product on this website, it is not because I was given the product for free (unless I stole it, as I have been known to do- kidding). Rather, it is because I spent my hard earned money on something and feel strongly enough about it (either negatively or positively) to mention it in the context of my adventures.
- Donations: I’ve always been very proud to say that I fund my travels completely on my own dime. I have worked very hard for many years to be able to afford to do what I do. In that time, however, I’ve also learned that it’s okay to accept a little help sometimes. That is why I include a link to a PayPal.me account where readers can donate if they so wish. No personal information from these donors is stored or shared with third party advertisers. In fact, PayPal is pretty good about keeping even me in the dark about my benefactors.
Finally, a word on privacy.
- I encourage my readers to reach out and contact me. I love to hear what you have to say about my adventures or answer any questions you might have. That said, any information you elect to send to me in that message is entirely of your own volition and I reserve the right to quote your words in future posts if I think you had something really interesting to say. If you don’t want me to do that, please just say so in your message. Sort of an “off the record” kind of deal.
- I am not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without my permission.
I think that’s everything the FTC requires me to say. Truth be told, I don’t like these federal regulations. For me, it feels like a violation of my free speech and it also feels like I’m treating you like an idiot, which I know you’re not. This is not the sort of post I want to be writing, but as we must often do in life, I’m jumping through the hoops. Now that we’ve sorted all this legal stuff out, let’s get back to the adventure.