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If You Prefer Not To Use Affiliate Links
As we regularly declare, we use affiliate links throughout our site. This is a way for us to earn a small amount of referral income from people signing up to websites using our links. In the case of Amazon, if you visit the site using one of our links – and this is true for ALL people using Amazon affiliate links – then regardless of whether or not you make a purchase at that visit, every time you visit the site during the next 24 hours, this will link back to us.
This means that should you make a subsequent purchase within those twenty-four hours, we would earn a small commission from them, as our ‘cookie’ will have been recorded. In some instances, the affiliate link cookie will last longer than 24 hours, but this varies so much it would be impossible to list such instances – but in the vast majority of cases, it will just last 24 hours. (Refer to Amazon for further information.)
If you would prefer not to sign up using an affiliate link, there are two ways to do this.
Firstly, make a note of the website we are recommending or directing you to and go there directly.
Secondly, if you do click on our link, you can use that to sign up or make your purchase (in which case, we thank you very much as every penny and pound helps us as self-employed people). Alternatively, clear your cookies before continuing. You wouldn’t need to clear all cookies, just the time slot within which you clicked our link. For advice on clearing cookies, search on Google for your particular browser and how to do it.
Transparency Regarding Affiliate Links
We hope this helps you make a clear choice as we prefer full transparency in letting you know how we could benefit from your visit to our website. We would like to think that anyone using affiliate links is as transparent as we are, but it’s evident from many social media sites that this isn’t always the case. Some social media influencers do not display ads and affiliate links correctly. If you’re ever concerned, wish to report a misleading ad, or would like further information, you can contact the Advertising Standards Authority here.