Affiliate Links and Compensation Disclosure

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The posts on this website may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

What are affiliate links:

Some outbound links on this site are affiliate links, meaning if you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, I will earn a commission. The price you pay for your purchase remains the same; price is not affected by the use of affiliate links.

Affiliate marketing is the process of paying a commission to an ‘affiliate’ when sales are made. Online affiliate marketing on blogs, then, takes place when a commission is paid to the site owner on the sale of a product when traffic is driven from the blog that results in a purchase. No commission is paid unless a sale is made. Online affiliate marketing is a common way for online entrepreneurs to make money. Many websites use this model and it is something that you should be aware of.

Why I have added affiliate links:

Our students are increasingly entering a workforce driven by the need for digital entrepreneurship in a ‘gig’ and ‘side hustle’ economy.  They are learning about digital influencers. They are aspiring YouTubers and starting their own Twitch accounts to pay their way through college. Students sometimes come to me to discuss using what they’re learning in my classes be become entrepreneurs. I have always believed that, in order to teach something we should have experience in it. I believe it is important that we too – as professors – must become entrepreneurs.  I have thus decided to do more entrepreneurship work.

As of August 2019, I have added affiliate links to past blog posts where products (i.e., books) were already mentioned. Future blog posts that mention products may also contain affiliate links. There will also be affiliate links to my own book, Teach Social Media: A Plan for Creating a Course Your Students Will Love, on the blog.

This website is about preparing students for careers as professional communicators in the digital world. It will always be that. I will not write blog posts with the purpose of selling products. However, when I do discuss products (e.g., books, web hosting services) in a post, I may put affiliate links to those products (e.g., books, web hosting services).

I’ve always been driven by a desire to learn. That is why I started this blog. That is why I chose to learn to write and self-publish my book. And that is why I have decided to learn about affiliate marketing and entrepreneurship. I hope to share information about what I learn on future blog posts.

I work hard to not let any monetary relationships sway my honest expression of my opinions, my discussion of any products, nor my choice to discuss products. However, you should be aware of the presence of affiliate links on this site. Always do due diligence before making any purchase decision, whether online or offline.

If I am paid or otherwise compensated for work which is discussed on a blog post on this site, I will disclose the nature of that compensation in the post.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

A Social Media Education Blog by Matthew J. Kushin, Ph.D.