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by Diane Spicer
This website, HikingForHer (HFH), has been a labor of love for all of the years of its existence (since 2008).
Recently I decided to experiment with affiliate fees to pay the escalating costs of hosting fees and enhanced user features such as a private hiker community.
How does this work?
Let's say you visit a retailer's store because you clicked on a link associated with hiking gear or outdoor clothing on one of my pages.
Based on the trustworthy hiking gear information I've provided, you like what you see.
This creates a win-win-win scenario, because you have found a great product (Hey! I wouldn't send you to anyone but the best!) ...
... while the retailer provides you with a chance to do business with them.
In turn, the retailer pays HFH a small single digit commission for connecting a great customer to a great product.
The retailer pays the commission, as a “thanks” for making their products more widely discussed in hiking circles such as this website.
With your purchase, you are supporting the HFH website, which I deeply appreciate because I can keep sharing detailed free information about all-things-hiking!
Rest assured that my reputation for factual, thorough hiking information is my highest priority.
I am not recommending these retailers for any reason other than I know they'll give you a good user experience on the trail AND they will stand behind their products.
Because I've used them over the years and decades on the trail, and am satisfied with their products, as well as their customer service and policies.
I, Diane Spicer, am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Transparency: It's a good thing!
...meaning that if I receive a small commission when you purchase an item I review or discuss, you'll know about it because I disclose that information.
Then it's up to you to decide whether or not to trust that my information is unbiased and accurate.
I hope I've earned your trust, and will do nothing to abuse it.
I'm not famous, I don't have legions of followers, and I'm not expecting these things any time soon!
And in a perfect world, I wouldn't have to pay to keep the lights on and the gears humming along (so to speak) on this website.
But, I do.
As of September 2018, Amazon requires this disclosure:
“As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
If a retailer is offering a particularly tempting discount or deal, I may highlight it or give it a mention in my monthly newsletter or weekly update email to let you know about it.
When you purchase through these types of affiliate links, you are not paying extra but you are supporting Hiking For Her's mission to get free hiking tips to hikers everywhere.
There is a link to this disclosure policy, if not a statement of affiliate relationships, in each mailing.
United States bloggers (like me) are required by the Federal Trade Commission to bluntly state that a product review was either paid for, or written because the product was provided free of charge.
I like this requirement!
It protects you from the false impression that the product being reviewed just happens to be the greatest thing since sliced bread and isn't the blogger doing you a big favor by mentioning it!
And it gives me a clear conscience by adhering to the transparency which I mentioned above.
my website, I only review the products hikers would be keenly interested
in owning and putting to good use on the trail for these reasons:
-or just plain old fashioned fun.
Many of the things I review, I purchase with my own money (note the "not famous" thing above).
But if I was given the product to try out in return for blogging about my experience, I will state that very plainly.
it's up to you to weigh how much that impacts your ability to trust my
review. I strive to be balanced and fair, regardless of whose money paid
for the product.
To finish up the transparency theme, let me state that I have no gear sponsors and no paid arrangements with any gear companies to push particular gear on you.
I freely pick and choose what I will use myself, and write about on the Hiking For Her website.
However, as mentioned above, affiliate fees may be associated with some of my hyperlinks (see Advertising Information above).
Thank you very much for your interest and support!
I'll turn it into new, in depth hiking information that you can put to good use on your next trail adventure.
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