As someone who appreciates when a friend or even a stranger throws me a bone, I like to do the same for others when I can. I know many bloggers like myself struggle to earn enough income from their blogs just to pay their hosting bills, let alone actually get something in return for the hard work they put into their sites. If I had the money, I would donate regularly to every blog I read. But since I can't do that, the least I can do is try to make sure that a portion of the money I have to spend anyway ends up in a fellow web site owner's pocket. So whenever I am making a purchase online at a merchant that has an affiliate program, I try to find someone who is an affiliate to whom I can credit my purchase. Well, this has proven to be a lot harder than it sounds. I don't know if bloggers and other webmasters are just really bad at publicizing their affiliate links, or if it's a matter of search engines unfairly burying them, but it's next to impossible to find an affiliate of a given merchant by searching for one. If you're an affiliate, put the word "affiliate" somewhere on the pages that contain your affiliate links. It's not going to turn people off; if anything it will attract more people like me who want to give you a commission.
Anyway, today I'm inviting you to spam me with your affiliate links. Well okay, it's not really spamming since I asked for it, is it? Use my e-mail form to send me as many of your affiliate links as you want, and I will add them to my affiliate mall not only for my own future reference, but to help others find you, too. Be sure to tell me the name of the store, and give a link to a page on your site that contains your affiliate creative (not a direct link to the merchant). The only requirement is that your web site is free for visitors to use/read (since if you charge for access, you're already being paid for your efforts). I would also hope that you would use my mall (either my own links, or someone else's) to do your own shopping, but since there's no way for me to enforce that I'll just have to trust you to do the right thing.
So bring it on, and let's hope this helps us all earn a little bit more!