Blogging is my love! Writing, sharing, learning, photography, and especially the interactions with my readers make blogging a total joy. I’m the sole author and editor of my blog, and it’s very important to me that you as a reader can trust me, and that my site does not feel spammy. I have from the start believed in full disclosure, and have chosen to be transparent about when and how I earn money here on Gwen’s Nest.
I’m not a techy person by *any* stretch of the imagination, so most of the stuff below is Greek to me, but I’m making all of this fantabulous technical jargon available for you if you want or need to know any of it. This falls into the “what I beg my husband to help me with” category.
Your privacy, and my integrity are really important to me. I don’t collect, use, or sell any personal information on my readers. I do use Google’s site analysis tool to figure out what sorts of posts are most popular and what information is most relevant to you, my reader.
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Thank You For Your Support!
I have to give credit where credit is due…I would not be where I am without my amazing readers. You guys have supported me through some really tough times, and we’ve rejoiced, laughed, and cried together. And eaten some amazing (and healthy) food together! My blog is what it is today because of you. So I just want to say it again: thank you for your love and support!
I enjoy blogging, and I enjoy hearing about it if you enjoy my blog or even if you have some constructive criticism. Here are a few ways to send me a virtual hug or high five…
- You can send me encouragement, thanks and love by commenting, or writing me a note.
It thrills my heart to hear from my readers. Did you know that comments & shares tell Google and other search engines that my site has good content? Which in turn helps my site pop up more often in searches, and helps more people find quality sites. So thank you! ♥
- You can share the posts you like on your social media or Pinterest boards…this is a good spot to park things to read later, and it’s one way that my blog can grown new readers. So thank you! ♥
- Another very easy way you can support what I’m doing here, is to shop with me right here from my blog with affiliate links & partners, or my Amazon store. I’ll give you a tour of my personal favorite brands and places to shop with Gwen. If you’re not familiar with affiliate programs, they are simply links with a special code for my blog. You will pay the exact same price by simply clicking through my special links to purchase items that you would anyway; and I can earn a small commission for each sale. So thank you! ♥
How, When and Why I Earn Money on Gwen’s Nest
Before I started blogging, I had *no* idea about the time and cost involved. Maintaining a website takes time and money. Turns out there’s a lot of back-end stuff with blogging and costs like hosting and domain name registration and junk. I like the fun stuff: the writing, photography & cooking! Did you know that each blog post I write takes an average of 4-6 hours to publish, not counting recipe development & cooking? Crazy, huh!?!! It’s a good think I *love* what I do. So for these reasons, I choose to use tasteful ads and the other means of income below to support my blogging addiction.
Ever been to a blog that’s sort of like the ads section of the newspaper? Except with blinky, pop up craziness? Yeah…I don’t like those either. That’s now what I do here, although I do have some ads and some income streams from my blog. I’ll tell you all about it.
This policy is valid from April, 2010
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me.
Gwen’s Nest accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation, however, the compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog.
The owner of this blog is compensated to provide opinions on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.
All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements.
This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.
More Long Boring Stuff That I Want to Fully Disclose to You…
Affiliate Programs & Amazon Store
I am a member of a few affiliate programs (See here). I really enjoy Amazon’s program, mainly because I *love* to shop with trusted sellers on Amazon. Thank you so much if you’ve shopped via my affiliate links, or in my Amazon store!
Gwen’s Nest is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon. com. Amazon was an easy pick for me, because I already love to shop there from my trusted retailers to take advantage of their great shipping deals!
I occasionally share links to products that I use and love as a service to my readers. Purchases made through these links are going to be the exact same pricing you’d normally pay on Amazon, but by using the affiliate link, a very small percent of each purchase is paid to my blog. It’s a win-win! I can show you exactly which products I like and use, and you can help support Gwen’s Nest without it costing you any extra pennies. Thank you!
Please know that you are under no obligation to buy anything from my store or site. If you’re not into Amazon, then no pressure from me at all. You’ll notice that sometimes, I will state that I buy the item at my grocery store, but still offer a picture link. I find it very helpful to see the packaging when looking for a new item, and I want you to get the best deal.
I can’t be responsible for any interaction you might have with Amazon or their sellers. I can tell you that their customer service has always been stellar for any issues I’ve had in the past.
Product Reviews and Sponsored Posts
I love to share books, products, and brands that I respect and use. Frequently, I share items here just because I like the product or book with no compensation or knowledge from the companies or authors.
Sometimes I work with an author, a small business owner, or a company to review their product or I’m paid to write about how I use it. I promise that I will always tell you when that is the case. I only enter into these agreements if it’s *genuinely* a product I use and enjoy. You have my word that the opinions I express here are genuine and honest, and all the way mine.
We currently work with Google Adsense to place ads. If there is ever *any* problem with an ad on my site, please contact me and let me know!
I have set the settings to be very picky about which ads can run, but unfortunately, I’ve had a few not-so-family friendly ads slip through and have had to manually block them.
Like most standard websites, this website uses log files. These include: Internet Protocol addresses (IP addresses), browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and the number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user movement in the aggregate, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc., are not linked to personally identifiable information.
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P.S. I warned you that it was long.