Short and Sweet. Based on the Golden Rule.
If you sign up to receive post updates (RSS) I don’t share or sell your email address address. My RSS feed is maintained via Feedburner. If you leave a comment on a post, or send an email, I don’t share or sell your email address. You can rest assured that you won’t be getting any junky emails from me touting some mlm scam to buy into. I don’t contribute to the web’s spam problems and I hope you don’t, either.
I blog about (and allow guest posts about) working at home, telecommuting news, home business resources and other things related to today’s changing virtual workforce because it interests me. I’m grateful to have found a way to have my cake and eat it, too. I wouldn’t like being a ‘stay-at-home’ mom or career woman, but I absolutely adore the combination of the two. Working at home affords me that combo.
I don’t make a lot of money from this blog. It was started as a hobby, not a business. That said, everything comes with a price and I’ve tried various ways of monetizing my efforts here without compromising the value of the content with crappy ads and links. It’s a subjective thin line between the two. Here’s how I attempt to earn back some of the maintenance costs:
Sponsored ads & Links of Interest
I am paid either directly by an advertiser (that I approve of) or through an affiliate program should anyone find the resources in the ads useful.
When I find or already use a resource I feel confident in recommending here, I join their affiliate program (if they offer one). So at times I choose to use an affiliate link.
Sometimes I Receive freebies
Companies occasionally contact me and offer something they feel I will find useful and be willing to test drive and write about. If I find it intriguing, useful, and of interest to TJ readers, I accept. Oftentimes I decline. Examples of such include: this and this and this. In these cases, most of the actual posts begin by disclosing the reason for writing the post in the first place (even before the FTC ruled that bloggers should disclose any “material connections” to their readers).
Getting something to test drive doesn’t guarantee a rave review. I strive to be honest and tell it like it is. Maybe that’s why I don’t get a lot of free stuff for review. Those who are brave enough to send it over or ask me to take a look at something are generally pretty confident in the merits of the product or service. >:->
I’m an optimistic skeptic. Now that you know where I’m coming from, and how I attempt to earn a little money in return for this labor of love, I think you’re well equipped to judge the content you’ll find inside TelecommutingJournal. The FTC guidelines for disclosures are available online here and here.
I sometimes post articles from other authors and bloggers that I feel have something to say that’s worth sharing. They generally have something to promote. ‘Nuff said.
Although comments are moderated by yours truly, I do not take responsibility for the opinions that may be expressed in the comments left by others. I attempt to approve any and all comments that add value. Agree, disagree, or just point out a related fact but save me and my readers the cheesy links to your pyramid scheme or your spammy make money online links. They never make it past the front door.