An unexpected consequence of separating kartimarket.com from rinjanipottery.com is that it has freed me up to write about and promote any product that takes our fancy or any seller that is doing great work with artisans or fair trade.
We have decided to use affiliate links for some of the products featured. This means that we get a sales commission if you purchase a product after clicking through the links on our website to the seller’s website. The seller pays us the commission as a percentage of the sale price – the buyer does not pay any extra for the product.
For me, any time you can combine something you are passionate about with some kind of financial incentive then you’re more likely to succeed.
When putting together blog posts we look for products that we love the look of, that fit the blog topic. In most cases we have not used the product; rather, we are looking at the product from a design and story perspective – beautiful products made by artisans that we would like to buy (if we had the budget and space!)
Whether the product is associated with an affiliate program does not affect our decision to showcase the product.
In a nutshell, when we find a product that we like, if the seller runs an affiliate program, we will join it if we haven’t already, and use the corresponding affiliate link. If the seller DOESN’T have an affiliate program we will still showcase the product regardless.
But, all things being equal, if the product is available at two stores and one of them has an affiliate program, we will most likely link to the store with the affiliate program, or to both stores in some cases.
I view affiliate programs as a great way for sellers to increase their profile and sales. They don’t have the same financial risk of pay per click advertising as sellers only pay for successful conversions.
In the end, more sales for sellers means more buying from artisans, and more opportunities to increase their income and the lives of their families and communities.
Please see our terms and conditions for legal mumbo jumbo about these links and the rest of our website.
If you have any questions, please get in touch!