February 4th, 2019


Easy come, easy go! (223.0)

I don't usually pay attention to the details of the Amazon Associates affiliate program we link to from 14850.com, but every once in a while I look at the ordered items out of curiosity.

Someone ordered a couch in November after clicking one of our links! $25.20 may be the biggest single item commission we've gotten. (Not sure, since I usually don't look that closely.) That meant the total we earned in November, for which we got an Amazon gift card in January, was over $50.

Well, unusually, we earned $0 in December. I just took a look at December's details to see why, and... whoever ordered the couch in November returned it in December! The -$25.20 wiped out the other commissions earned on December purchases, leaving us with a -$6 balance. Luckily, January wasn't bad, so we'll get another payout soon.

Do you buy stuff from Amazon? If you're not using someone's affiliate link, you're leaving money on the table. Every time I buy, I buy using someone's affiliate link, whether it's a friend's or a non-profit's. There's no increase in cost to me, but Amazon gladly sends a cut to the affiliate whose link I used. (They don't let you use your own affiliate link, so all the commissions we earn are from other people buying.)

Same with using Amazon Smile, where if you start at smile.amazon.com instead of www.amazon.com, they make a tiny donation to a charity of your choice.

If you need an affiliate link to try, feel free to use ours!