Transparency on the internet is a beautiful thing, and it’s something that I wholeheartedly believe in. It’s.. haha man who am I kidding. I honestly just want to make some money and am not too interested in transparency. BUT the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that I need some sort of disclosure if I’m trying to make money with a website or blog.
And, since I’ve got multiple arrests for computer-related crimes, I’m not trying to make any waves whatsoever. The FTC won’t arrest bloggers for not having a disclosure, but I don’t ever want to talk to any federal regulatory authority ever again.
So, boom, a disclosure: Sometimes I might get paid if I recommend a product or a service to you. Here’s the thing though, I don’t recommend things that I don’t think are genuinely helpful or a good idea. Why? Well, I’m not trying to rip you guys off and make a quick buck. Instead, I want to ensure readers go “Hey, that was actually a good use of my money, I wonder what else Brad suggests?” and then come back to the site.
This may come as a surprise to some of you, but I only start blogs to make money. The best way to make money from blogs is by finding services and products that are relevant to your blog’s niche, test them out, see if they’re good, and if they are good you recommend them to your readers. Sometimes these products and services have affiliate programs that let bloggers get a little bit of money for recommending these things to you.
Finally, This extra commission doesn’t mean that the product or service will cost you more money. In fact, you will oftentimes get a better deal by using products and services recommended by bloggers. Let’s take HostGator for example. I get paid whenever someone uses the WCMSAVES coupon code. But, here’s the thing, you can save a lot of money by using that coupon code.