At Our Best Bites, we believe that making awesome food for your family doesn’t really have to be a big deal. It can be enjoyable. It can be funny. It can be real. That’s what we have been, and always will be, all about. After keeping at this blogging gig for a few years, we started to realize that we had opportunities to earn an income while doing it. Suddenly, we were able to provide some extra financial support to our families! It was amazing! It led to cookbooks, then oils, then fun kitchen items, balsamic vinegars and more. It’s been a whirlwind, and an incredible one at that. We feel lucky to have built a successful business while doing something we truly enjoy.
But when our little blog turned into a full-blown business, it came with some big bills, so we had to change things up a little. The most important thing to us has always been empowering our readers to love the kitchen and not be afraid of it. Like many other bloggers, we began to utilize sponsored posts and affiliate marketing as extra sources of income. To be completely honest, these two things probably don’t affect you all that much, but just in case, here are some more details as to what they really are:
What is a sponsored post?
A sponsored post is when a company reaches out to us (or, we reach out to them!) to showcase one of their products in a post on our site, and then provides us money in exchange. You can see some examples of previous sponsored posts we’ve done here and here. We are picky about who we decide to sponsor us – we make sure they are good companies that make your life easier or more fun, but also deliver up great quality. There have been many times when companies have approached Our Best Bites to do a sponsored post, but we have turned them down because we didn’t like what they had to offer, or we didn’t think they provided any value to our readers. So if you’re wondering why we are doing a sponsored post, know that it’s because we a) are looking for income to help cover the costs of running a website, but more importantly, b) totally believe in the product, and want to share it with you. What does that mean in the end for you? More delicious recipes to share with your family!
Most importantly, we would never recommend something on our blog that we didn’t actually love. Even though we are paid to do these posts, all thoughts, ideas, and opinions are our own.
What are affiliate links?
Affiliate links are special, coded links that contain tracking information. Sounds scary, I know, but they aren’t – and they are ALL over the internet! Chances are, you have clicked on MANY affiliate links during your lifetime, and didn’t even know! So here’s what happens: websites can sign up to be affiliates with companies. Amazon is a popular one with bloggers like us, as well as Target and Wal-Mart. Once the website is approved as an affiliate partner, the website can then login to a special portal of the company’s website, and grab special links to their favorite products. These special links contain tracking information and cookies that the website can then insert right into their posts. (That is, if you allow cookies on your computer!)
Okay, okay…but what does this all mean for you? Well, when you click on an affiliate link, and then decide to purchase a product from that company, the website that “referred” you to that product (or company) gets a small commission. So say, for example, we linked up to our favorite kitchen tool on Amazon with an affiliate link. You think a microplane sounds great, so you decide to buy it. Our Best Bites would then get a little kick-back commission on your purchase…at no cost difference to you! We also would get not only a commission on your microplane, but commission on whatever else you decided to buy at that time (maybe some of our other kitchen items, like this fat seperator or our favorite slow cooker…and yes, those links are affiliate links!). Our Best Bites would get commission on all of those purchases. You can imagine that blogs like ours do well with income from affiliate links around the holiday seasons – so keep that in mind the next time you are shopping online! It’s a great, easy way to support your favorite blog or website, at NO cost difference to you! If you have any further questions on affiliate links, how they work, or our favorite affiliate programs we are partners with, please feel free to contact our Marketing Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As per Amazon’s Associate Requirements, here is our Amazon Affiliate Disclosure (AKA: More legal-speak).
“Our Best Bites” are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.
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