books miscellaneous

A note on advertising

Just a personal note today – for the last few years I’ve had a three day a week day job that has allowed me to pursue my writing and campaigning. I decided to give that up earlier this year in order to write full time. That’s going well so far, and I have some great projects to tell you about in the near future. But it does mean I need to look again at the blog. No need for it to make money, but it would help if it covered its costs.

I’ve been holding out for years on adding any advertising to the blog and intend to continue with that, but I have been looking at affiliate schemes. These are schemes between website owners and businesses. When someone clicks through to a company from a partner website and buys something, the referrer gets a small share of the profits.

I haven’t bothered with these before, but I realised recently that Hive Books have an affiliate scheme. It’s an online bookseller that supports local bookshops, and I’m a regular customer. I’ve signed up to the scheme, so if you follow a link such as this one to Hive, I’ll get a small percentage of any sales at no cost to you. I already link to retailers from my book reviews, and have been doing so for free – perhaps I should have joined an affiliate scheme earlier, in those pre-parenthood days when I read a book a week.

Hive doesn’t have everything, so I’ve joined Amazon’s affiliate scheme too. Amazon does not support local bookshops, and there are other things Amazon doesn’t do, but the choice is yours.

In the interests of transparency, that’s what those links at the end of any future reviews are. I may add other companies at a later stage, if I find similar schemes that might be suitable.


  1. Will gladly avail transactions via sponsors of your choosing. Though consumerism (I make ads too by the way) is the shibboleth of our times your tireless exchange of ideas and endeavors are valued greatly.

  2. If I have the opportunity I’ll use the links. But having received this from I’ll try to avoid using ebay while this continues:

    Ebay sells an estimated 19,000 animal body parts every day, profiting from a trade reliant on an unimaginable scale of slaughter. It’s time for Ebay to stop supporting this industry of death.

    From cat skulls to fox tails, it’s a macabre shopping experience. The wide range of animal body parts, including those of cats and dogs, are each the result of the killing of an innocent animal. Please sign this petition to demand that Ebay stop selling animal body parts.

  3. How about affiliating to companies like Ecotricity? Also are you registered with easyfundraising (or similar). I have raised significant amounts in the past with them and now change who I support roughly once a year. Would be happy to support you as a cause for a year! I’ll try to remember to look for you on the rare occasions I go to Hive.

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