Over the past number of months I’ve been contacted a few times directly by companies offering me some kind of compensation to test their products and write corresponding articles. I have turned down all of these solicitations and will continue to do so in the future.
As regular readers are aware, I have two existing ‘affiliate’ programs where I do receive a small commission when readers buy products using my affiliate links. These have been in place for a number of years and are with B&H and Amplis Canada. I have turned down a number of other affiliate offers and have no plans whatsoever to add any more of these affiliate relationships to our business.
I have been a customer of B&H for many years and feel comfortable with the quality of service from them…thus my affiliate relationship with them. My affiliate relationship with Amplis Canada creates the opportunity for Canadian readers to receive a special 5% discount when they use my affiliate code when buying direct from Amplis Canada, thus giving my readers some added value.
In an earlier article I let readers know about these affiliate relationships, and also confirmed that this photography blog will not accept any paid advertising on it. Ever.
There are all kinds of internet articles and videos on YouTube on how to ‘monetize’ a blog should someone have an interest in simply running a blog with the sole objective of making money with it. I suppose many bloggers follow these money making schemes as some blogs are so commercial it is difficult to determine what content and value they offer their readers.
Earlier today I received a solicitation from a public relations company in New York city. I do not know what company that this public relations firm represents, as I did not pursue any kind of discussion or follow up with them. Supposedly their client is ‘well known’.
The offer from the public relations company was very simple. If I even mentioned their client in any of my articles they would pay me to do so.
Each and every one of my readers can rest assured that I will never prostitute myself or this photography blog with any kind of paid activity of that nature.
Make no mistake, it costs money to keep a photography blog like this running, and we deeply appreciate it each and every time a reader makes a donation to this blog. It has been quite amazing for us to see donations come in from countries all over the world. Thank you everyone!
During the past month or so you’ve seen us launch two eBooks. Our Nova Scotia Photography Tour and earlier this week, The Little Camera That Could, our Nikon 1 eBook. Many of you have already purchased copies of these eBooks and we are extremely grateful for your support.
I can’t express in words how exciting and gratifying it is to have readers from Canada; the United States; and from countries all over the world like Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and South Africa purchase our eBooks. To each and every one of you – our sincerest thanks!
We have a number of additional eBooks planned for 2018 and beyond. After finishing The Little Camera That Could, I immediately began working again on our New Zealand photography eBook. It should be available within the next 6-8 weeks. I’ll let you know about our other projects as they get closer to completion.
Our growth will come from you returning here on a regular basis and by you telling people you know about this little blog. This blog, and our eBooks, will only succeed if we keep focused on trying our best to produce content we believe in, and hopefully that you enjoy.
We will never deviate from that mission by accepting money to mention companies and/or products in our articles.
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