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Have you ever wondered how this craft business website supports itself? The information below explains how I am compensated for ads and product links that you will find on some pages of this site.
This site, CraftProfessional.com, is my own personal business. It accepts advertising and receives other forms of compensation. Such compensation does not influence the information on this site. I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences.
From time to time advertisers may pay to have ads placed on this site. Paid advertisers do not influence the content of this website as that is solely under my control. Inclusion of a paid advertisement on this website does not imply endorsement of the product or service of the advertiser. All ads are reviewed by me for suitability to the main concept theme of CraftProfessional.com.
Here's how affiliate programs normally work:
If you are reading CraftProfessional.com, and you decide to click on a link that I have provided to a product or service that is of interest to you, you will be taken to a website where that product or service is sold. If you then purchase that product, or another product from that company, CraftProfessional.com is credited with a very small portion of that sale.
I do receive financial compensation when you purchase products that are featured on this website; however, I am not paid to write product reviews or opinions on the products or services mentioned on this site.
An example of a situation where I would provide an affiliate link to a product I have not personally used is the E-Z Up Canopy. I have not used an E-Z Up Canopy because, where I live, in Canada, this brand of craft tent is not readily available. I have a Caravan Canopy, which is the craft tent that seems to be most widely used in Canada. Plus it's not feasible for me to go out and buy every popular brand of craft tent to test personally - That would be rough on my bank account! A lot of my readers are from the U.S., where E-Z Up Canopies are widely used at craft shows. In fact, no discussion about craft tents would be complete without mentioning the E-Z Up Canopy. So, in order to provide good information about a craft tent that professional craft artists should know about but I have never used, I gathered opinions from professional craft artists who have used the E-Z Up Canopy at craft shows and presented that information on this site. Therefore, although I prefer to promote companies, products and services that I have used myself, I will provide an affiliate link to a company, product or service that I have not used personally if I feel that the resource is truly helpful to my readers.
I seek out affiliate products and services that I think will be of value to my site visitors and review them, and I only accept affiliate sponsorships from providers of high-quality goods or services.
Please note that although I focus on companies, products or services that I have used personally, there are times when I discover a company, product or service that I feel would be a great resource to my readers even though I have not used that company, product or service personally.
The affiliate companies that are represented on this site include, but are not limited to:
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
I use Tailwind to manage my own Pinterest and Instagram accounts, and it has been immensely helpful. Pinterest sends my site loads of traffic, and Instagram has been a great way to connect and keep in touch with what other craft professionals are doing. Tailwind makes it easy for me to be active on those sites in a way that is effective and efficient.
I joined the SiteSell affiliate program because I strongly believe in the product. The tools, support and information offered by SiteSell through their Solo Build It! (SBI!) product have allowed me to build an online business that makes a significant contribution to my family's income and long term financial plans and goals.
So, I'm thrilled to recommend SBI! to anyone who wants to build an internet-based business. I know it actually works. If you sign up for SBI! through the link above, you can start your own online business today, and I'll receive a small commission that helps to support this website.
I can't begin to list all of the fabulous things I have learned from Skillshare classes - everything from editing photos on my smartphone, to enhanced Adobe Illustrator skills, to flat lay photography. If you want to learn it, there's a pretty good chance you'll find it on Skillshare, and your monthly subscription gives you access to ALL of the classes.
I discovered the fabulous course, How to Teach It, by Gwen Bortner on Craftsy. The course is all about becoming a craft teacher, and Gwen really knows her stuff. I have years of teaching experience, and I still learned plenty from her course. I'm happy to recommend Craftsy courses in general, any I've taken have been informative and excellent quality, and Gwen's class specifically.
Compensation is also received from third party advertisements. Third party means that Company 1 pays Company 2 to place ads on this site, and I am paid directly by Company 2 not by Company 1 who purchased the ad. Although I do not choose the specific ads that appear on the site, I do screen these ads to make sure that content is suitable for the website.
"Ads by Google" are not selected by me, so if you see a Google ad and a Web page about the same product or service, it is a coincidence.
As per mandates from FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION, 16 CFR Part 255 - Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, the purpose of this document is to establish any compensatory affiliation with numerous companies and Lisa McGrimmon.
Lisa McGrimmon is affiliated as a Marketing Affiliate with numerous companies, including but not limited to, Share a Sale, SiteSell and Skillshare and receives compensation for sales of products that are being promoted on this site, generated through her personal promotions and therefore has an established connection with those companies that might lead some readers to believe that Lisa McGrimmon's review of the companies and/or products being promoted on this site is biased. However, the review and comments on this page are to the best of her knowledge the true statements and beliefs of Lisa McGrimmon and any claims made can be substantiated on request at www.craftprofessional.com/contact.html
CraftProfessional.com also runs third party advertisements through Google, which are clearly identified as such.
Lisa McGrimmon sometimes receives compensation in the form of free promotional products or cash or cash equivalent for the purposes of products that are being promoted on this site, including but not limited to Amazon.com, SiteSell and Etsy.
You can contact Lisa McGrimmon through this site's contact form
I hope that clarifies any questions you may have had about how I earn an income with this website.
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