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I started blogging 7 years ago as a creative outlet in our early homeschooling years. I chronicled what was happening in our homeschool as well as our daily lives. As our family grew and changed, my blog grew up with us. Raising Arrows has become more than just a blog; it has become a community of people (mostly women and mostly moms) who share ideas and stories, pray for one another and laugh and cry alongside each other.
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You may have noticed that I have been putting a disclosure in my posts about affiliate links and such. I’ve always had a disclosure on my sidebar and in the past year, I’ve had the words “affiliate link” in a box when you hover over the links that contain affiliate links, but the FTC has changed their guidelines for bloggers and so I figured now was a great time to explain that change and talk to you about why affiliate links can be a great thing for bloggers.
So, you might be wondering WHY this post is my post for Welcome Home Wednesday. It is because as homemakers, we often look to the Proverbs 31 woman and wonder what our purple cloth, fields, and merchant ships look like in this day and age. For some this comes in the form of selling eggs and milk from their farm animals. For others, it looks like couponing. For me, it is blogging.
Now, as you can probably tell, my blog is not meant to be a big money-making project. There are blogs out there that are for the sole purpose of making money for the blogger (I was actually surprised when I heard about this for the first time a few years ago!). My blog’s primary purpose is to encourage and minister to other women, but I also have the opportunity to use affiliate links of resources I believe in and resources I think could benefit my readers to bring in a bit of supplemental income for our family.
I have to be honest about the new FTC guidelines and say that I really don’t like them, not because I don’t like being upfront and honest about making commissions, but because I really hate how they look in a post. It interrupts the flow of the post and is a terrible eyesore. But, I suppose that is because I’m more of a writer than a blogger. I like how words look and how paragraphs flow, and being required to stick a disclaimer in the middle of it all pains me. But I will follow the rules, and I hope you, as my readers, are able to look past it.
So, perhaps you have a blog and you would like to know how to use it to bring in a bit of income. Affiliate links are a great way to do this! Here’s why…
*You use products every day in your home, homeschool and life!
*Many of those products have affiliate programs!
*You are already passionate about the products you use, why not share with others and make a bit of income from any sales you generate for the company?!
Let me tell you a little bit about some of the affiliate programs I use (and yes, this post contains affiliate links!):
See the Light is an art program I was introduced to a couple of years ago. We had tried several art programs and I just wasn’t impressed by any of them because they weren’t very user friendly or useful. See the Light was different and I wanted to share that difference with my readers. See the Light has an affiliate program and they love having bloggers use that affiliate program because it helps them to advertise and market their products to an audience they could not reach with a brick and mortar storefront.
I want to interject something here…
Homeschool companies need bloggers. They need our help because it is very hard to reach the homeschooling market. I am honored to be able to help these companies!
I also love to help other bloggers by promoting their ebooks. If I hear about an ebook I think would be a good fit for my readers and for our family as well, I look for an affiliate program for that ebook. (like yesterday’s post)
You’ve probably seen my passionate promoting of Sheri Graham’s 12 Week Holiday Planner.
I purchased this ebook after listening in on a webinar with the authors years ago. I have used it ever since and look forward every year to pulling it out and planning the holidays. I love it and love the fact that I can share it with you. I am thankful Sheri has an affiliate platform in place that blesses our family during the holidays.
When it comes to actual affiliate programs, each one is different. After you sign up, familiarize yourself via the FAQ’s and poking around on the site. You can always email the company or blogger and ask for help if you can’t figure it out, but most of the time, it is self-explanatory.
So, I want to encourage you that if you have a blog, take a moment to look into the products you use to see if they have an affiliate program you could use to promote their products. I even have an affiliate program for my ebook The Homemaker’s Guide to Creating the Perfect Schedule (if you’re interested ).
Before you check out the links in the link up or add your own, take a moment to let me know your thoughts on affiliate programs and how you’ve seen them used on blogs. And if you have any questions, feel free to ask, but I also want to tell you a
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(ok, it’s not really a secret or I couldn’t tell you, but well…you’ll see…)
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and I contributed to it!
If you are the least bit interested in blogging (as an income generator or not), this ebook is going to bless you immensely! It is huge and full of great content (at a great price!) and I cannot wait until I can give you more info. So, stay tuned!
And now, for the link up…
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Those of you reading via email or feed reader may have noticed a lapse in posts from Raising Arrows. It too me a while to catch on that no feed was going out from my blog until a few days ago, when I received an email from a reader saying they had not gotten any updates from my blog since last Friday. The next day, another reader emailed with the same comment
Then, my mom called.
You know it’s serious when your mom calls. She too had received no updates from Raising Arrows since the previous Friday.
I searched for answers and eventually deleted my post from last Monday since that was the first post not to go through.
Yesterday, my feed finally went through to feed readers, and if I’m right, this post (along with all of last week’s posts) are safe and sound in your inbox.
So, please, take the time to read the previous week’s posts, comment if you’d like, and let me know you are still here!
I also wanted to take a moment to announce the winner of the MPE Homeschool Conference ticket:
(NOTE about the Welcome Home Link Up – I am deleting it for now because it seems to be holding my feed up. If I find a solution, I’ll put it back up. Thank you for your understanding!)
Fridays seem a little bare, don’t they?
So, here’s my thought and I’d love your input!
I liked Friday being a bit more personal, so how would you like a glimpse into my week? Sometimes I would post on my weight loss efforts (only 9 pounds of pregnancy weight to go! Woot!). Other times I would post on our homeschool week or some project we are working on or something the kids are doing.
Would you like that?
And if you have other ideas, leave them in the comments section! And watch for another Ask Amy tomorrow. I’ll be answering the question of what to do when the extended family isn’t all that crazy about you having another baby. Oh boy!
Everyone who blogs hopes someone will read what they have written. Often, this simple desire turns into something more, especially if you find the Lord prodding you to take your journey and share with others in a way that encourages and points toward Him.
However, the desire to minister to others via a blog is rarely something that just “happens”. You have to be willing to reach beyond yourself, often in ways that are outside your comfort zone. You have to find your audience; those who truly need to hear what you have been through. You have to do your part to bring the Message to those who need it most.
Here at Raising Arrows, I write on a multitude of subjects, but my heart continues to be focused on 3 kinds of moms: the homeschooling mom, the large family mom, and the grieving mom. You will see it in everything I write. And hopefully, you hear the Lord’s words and not my own in what you read here.
This April 12-14, I have been asked to speak at the 2:1 Conference. This unique homeschool blogging conference is Christ-centered and Gospel-focused. Last year’s conference was amazing and I look forward to being there again with several of my family in tow.
At the 2:1 Conference, I will be sharing how a blogger who wishes to reach out to a specific audience with a specific message for Christ and His Kingdom can build a platform that gives honor and glory to God in mighty ways. I’ll explain how to find your audience, how to reach out to them, and how to encourage them to come back and drink deep from God’s Holy Word where they will find true encouragement and victory. It is my hope and prayer that every Christian blogger would want to reach far beyond their little corner of cyberspace and touch the hearts of others everywhere!
Interested in learning more about the 2:1 Conference? CLICK HERE!