It is important to me that I “blog with integrity” by disclosing any and all advertising or commercial partnerships that you may find within the site. Therefore, please note the following:
As much as I’d love to keep this site running without any kind of sponsored posts or ads, blogging costs me both time and money. At its most basic, costs include things like web hosting, domain names, and photo editing and graphic design software. However there is so much more to blogging than simply running a website…
A single post can take me up to 3 hours to complete, because I want to be sure that what I put out there on the internet adds value. And then there is the time spent engaging with people on social media, keeping up to date with the most recent news and trends, and attending workshops and courses to help me continue to develop content that is both relevant and accessible. All of this brings me so much joy, and I have happily done it for free (even at a loss) in the past because of this. But I’ve reached a stage in my journey when this is becoming my career rather than a hobby, and that means I can no longer prioritise unpaid work over paying clients!
Rather than giving up on The Family Patch, I have decided to run it more like a business, and that means taking steps to make it pay for itself. This is where advertising and commercial partnerships come in, and you can read more about these below.
Advertising and Affiliate Links
One of the easiest ways for me to raise funds is via advertising and affiliate links. These may be posted within the sidebar or individual posts and will be from sites such as Amazon or individual companies that I feel are of interest to you, my readers.
Adverts and affiliate links will always be disclosed as such, so that you know exactly when I am linking to them as opposed to a standard link. If you click on an advert or affiliate link and then go on to buy a product from the company’s website, I will receive a certain percentage of what you spend. I will always aim to include relevant content alongside all adverts and/or affiliate links and I hope that they will add value to the site without distracting you too much.
Reviews and Sponsored Content
I will, occasionally, accept an item to review or sponsored content if I feel that it is of value to both my family and yours. Whenever this happens I will always disclose that I am working with another company. You can be sure that any and all reviews will include my honest opinions and that sponsored content written by a third party will always be assessed by me before being published on the site.
Products and Services
My aim is to, one day, begin producing certain “paid for” products and services, such as eBooks. However I believe the best way to interest readers in buying such products is to continue providing high quality content for free on a regular basis. This includes not only blog posts but also free downloads, such as printables. Whilst I wish for The Family Patch to grow into a viable business, I believe in balancing this out with as much free content as possible.
I will, on occasions, take on work alongside The Family Patch, such as providing content for other publications. I hope that this will enhance the work I do here, rather than take away from it. I also provide copywriting, editing, and social media support through Shortman Media, the profits from which help to pay our bills and enable me to continue blogging here at The Family Patch too.
I hope that the above details explain how I earn money through what I do, however if you have any questions, please do let me know.