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This website, HikingForHer (HFH), has been a labor of love for all of the years of its existence.
Recently I decided to experiment with affiliate fees to pay the escalating costs of hosting fees and enhanced user features.
How does this work?
Let's say you visit a retailer's store because you clicked on a link associated with hiking gear on one of my pages.
Based on the gear information I've provided, you like what you see. You order a backpack or pair of boots or some socks.
This creates a win-win-win scenario, because you've 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 commission for linking a great customer to a great product.
You do not pay this commission!
It's paid by the retailer as a “thanks” for making their products more widely discussed in hiking circles such as this website.
However, you are supporting the HFH website with your purchase, which I deeply appreciate because I can keep sharing detailed 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.
How do I know? Because I've used them over the years and am satisfied with their products, as well as their customer service.
For instance, 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.
Never used Amazon? Wow! Maybe you should give them a look :)
Transparency: It's a good thing!
...meaning that if I receive a small commission when you purchase an item I review, you'll know about it because I always disclose that information in the review.
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! I'm just an old trail dog who wants to help you get out on the trail.
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.
Here's another thing: If a retailer is offering a particularly tempting discount or deal, I may feature an ad in my monthly newsletter to let you know about it. We're all looking for a great deal, right?
If you're looking for a non-advertising way to support this website, you could let me know what you think of the practice of accepting donations.
Many readers have suggested this as the perfect way to say thanks for sharing my love for trail time.
Truth be told, I'm a bit squeamish about asking for donations, but I do feel honored and humbled by the kind regards behind them.
If you'd like to use PayPal to send a donation to Hiking For Her, here's the link. Rest assured, there are no hidden costs to do this.
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:
-a fun factor, and
Most 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.
However, as mentioned above, affiliate fees may be associated with some of my hyperlinks (see Advertising Information).
Thank you very much for your financial support! I'll turn it into new in depth hiking information that you can put to good use on your next trail adventure.
No fluff, no hype, just the facts (and a few opinions once in awhile).
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