“How we earn money” is written in the interests of transparency (and hopeful optimism). It is entirely academic as Geek Native loses money.
The blog is privately owned and without sponsors.
The sidebar ads on the site are managed by Gamerati who pay a variable price on every thousand views. They use Google’s ad technology, and when there are no ads left in their system, then Google supplies their own.
We have an affiliate deal with Onebookshelf (the company who 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 own affiliate links and in the case of charity appeals for which voluntary omit our affiliate deal.
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 it for it, and if that process is successful and a purchase is made, then 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 at any given time whether an affiliate deal is in place or not. 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 adds two links to the bottom of every post in the “Shop Related Products” which are affiliate links.
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 in nature (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.
Lastly, Geel Native also operates a Patreon.
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