“How we earn money” is written in the interests of transparency (and hopeful optimism). It is currently somewhat academic as Geek Native loses money but the aspiration is absolutely there! In most cases, the “we” is just one person.
The blog is privately owned and without sponsors.
The sidebar ads on the site are managed by Gamerati, who pays a variable price for every thousand views. They use Google’s ad technology, and if there are no ads left in their system, Google supplies their own.
We have an affiliate deal with Onebookshelf (the company that owns DrivethuRPG, DMsGuild and others). As a result, Geek Native earns money when someone visits one of these sites via a link on the blog and makes a purchase. There are two exceptions: sometimes contributors use their affiliate links and in the case of charity appeals for which voluntary omit our affiliate deal (or a donation made to offset if the technology refuses to play ball).
There is technology supplied by Amazon, Skimlinks and AWIN on Geek Native, which automatically checks to see whether any other site we have linked to also has an affiliate deal. If there is a possible affiliate deal, this technology automatically applies. If that process is successful and a purchase is made, we will earn a commission (a percentage of the sale’s proceeds).
This technology is dynamic; affiliate deals come and go over time; we have no control over this and cannot say whether an affiliate deal is in place at any given time. This is a good thing. Geek Native’s editorials are free from affiliate concern, and writers are free to link, or not, as they see fit.
Amazon tries to add two links to the bottom of every post in the “Shop Related Products” affiliate links.
Individual affiliate programs are in place with;
Every post on Geek Native discloses the possible presence of these affiliate links. There is a notice at the top of the post and then again at the bottom. In addition, new visitors are told about the possible presence of these links and asked to acknowledge their understanding.
If we’re pretty sure there is likely to be an affiliate deal in place (but cannot guarantee), or if a post is primarily commercial (such as a post about the cool and geeky things a shop has to sell), then we put an additional disclaimer on the post. In other words, visitors are told four times per post that links to stores may earn Geek Native ad money.
Geek Native does not charge for reviews, does not sell links, or take money for guest posts or undisclosed advertorials. On occasion, with full disclosure, we may allow a company with something interesting to say to write a helpful or interesting advertorial.
Help Support the Site
- Geel Native operates a Patreon, which raises money to commission artists and authors.
- We use Buy Me A Coffee for expenses.
- There’s also the Geek Native store on Redbubble, which gives us a percentage of sales generated.
- You can also help support the site by buying through the affiliate programs mentioned above.