**This post contains affiliate links. Any link marked with an * may give me a reward or commission if you visit and/or purchase something using that link. And, if you do purchase from my affiliate links, thank you for supporting my yarn habit!**
People often ask me if there are other ways to support my work. Now, I'm pleased to say, there are!
1) I'm part of EatSleepKnit's Blog Rewards Program. I get $5 in store credit if a new customer makes a purchase from them using a link from my blog; and, I get 5 "yards" in their loyalty program if someone new visits their site from my blog!You can find all the details *here! This only works on links from my blog, so if you visit EatSleepKnit from a link I put in my e-mail newsletter or elsewhere, it's not an affiliate link.
2) I'm a Knit Picks Affiliate. I earn a commission on orders placed via affiliate links.. You can see the details here. There's no additional cost to you. That's it!
*Knit Picks Affiliate Link
3) I'm also an Etsy Affiliate. I earn a commission on purchase from affiliate links, but I can't earn commissions from my own Etsy Shop, understandably. Like with Knit Picks, there's no additional cost to you.
*Etsy Affiliate Link
Oh, and for those who are interested in opening their own Etsy Shop, I get free listings in my shop if you open a shop and list an item for sale using *my referral link! For details on the Referral Policy, click here.
4) I'm also a LoveCrafts Affiliate! I earn a commission on purchased from affiliate links! You can see the details in their FAQ
*LoveCrafts Affiliate Link
4) I'm also a Tamga Designs Eco-Ambassador, which is a fancy way of saying I'm an affiliate there as well! You probably won't see me promoting lots and lots from them, since they're a clothing line, not fiber arts supplies. That said, their line of clothing is in very close alignment with my own beliefs in the slow fashion movement -- their stuff is beautiful, functional, eco-friendly, and is made with a traceable supply line. I'm planning to wear some of it in my photo shoots and such, so, there may be the occasional link to their clothing designs, as appropriate. Like with other affiliate programs, there's no additional cost to you.
*Tamga Designs Affiliate Link
5) I'm a huge fan of ThredUp, -- as someone who does some work in the sustainable fashion space, they're where I get a lot of my second-hand clothes. Like Tamga Designs, I won't be posting oodles of ThredUp referral links, since they're also a clothing line, not a yarn line, but, sometimes, it just makes sense!
I have access to a referral link that folks can use, where both I and they get a reward as long as certain conditions are fulfilled. You can see the exact terms and conditions here, and my referral link is *here.
6) I also have an Affiliate Link for Teachable, which is one of the leading online course platforms, and the platform I'm using to build my own online courses (coming soon!) There's some amazing material on Teachable, plus, it's a wonderful platform for anyone who does want to branch into creating online content and courses (so, any other creatives out there, I strongly suggest it if you want to do online teaching!) I get a 30% commission on any paid signups, and again, there's no additional cost to you.
*Teachable Affiliate Link
Ok, so people also ask me why I'd become an affiliate, especially since I have a business of my own.
Answer is complicated:
1) Pattern sales alone aren't enough to support this business. Maybe one day, but not now. And Knit Picks and EatSleepKnit are both generally good companies that I've been happy to work with. And I've bought many an awesome thing from an Etsy Seller (or many!) All the companies and products here are things that I've tried and enjoyed, or things that I've researched thoroughly!
2) My work and my industry means that it makes sense. If I work up a sample project in Knit Picks yarn, then I'd be linking to the yarn I used anyway! So, why not create an option where I can earn a bit of money as well as pointing people to the awesome companies and people that I've had the pleasure to work with?
3) I'm not going to be 'advertising'. Any links I do post on this blog will be context-sensitive. The purpose of this blog is to share information, create community, and promote my work. Not to advertise products. But, a single link to the yarn that I used, or the store that I bought it from, placed in context? People ask those sorts of questions, and now I can gain a small commission or reward for promoting the materials that I used. And yes, sometimes I might post sales or other info, if I think it's something folks would be interested in trying, or care to know about. But, I promise, this is not an "influencer blog" and the focus will always be on my own knitting and crocheting!
4) I didn't want to do AdSense on the blog. Ads on a blog are annoying. And I use an ad-blocker over about 99% of the internet nowadays, and I know I'm not the only one. This way, there's no risk of random, inappropriate content, or ad features that interfere with the functionality of my blog site. Actually, according to my research, affiliate links are now generally considered a better monitization method.
5) I didn't want too much of a 'consumer' vibe. Ads pop up and say "buy me now!" The affiliate links are far less intrusive, and are also far more honest, in my opinion. They're me saying "hey, this is where I got this yarn/tool/pattern/useful thing. If you want to check it out, go ahead, and yes, -if- you buy it, I get a small reward." I wanted something that was easy to ignore if you weren't interested.
6) Finally, you -never- have to purchase something from my affiliate links. If no one ever does, I'm ok with that! But if you choose to, then it helps me pay the bills and cover some of the expenses of this business. That's it.