How I Make Money
Some of the links on Clue Wagon are affiliate links. That means I might get a little bit of money if you click on the link and actually buy something (like a book or a subscription). The price you pay for that item doesn’t change at all; they just give me a little bit as a referral fee. For example, if I link to a book on Amazon.com that costs $10, and you buy the book, I might get 30 cents or so. If you buy the book on your own instead of through my link, you’ll still pay $10, but Amazon will keep the 30 cents instead of giving it to me. In the case of Amazon, I get a small commission for other stuff you buy in that shopping trip too (so stock up on toilet paper or something!). Don’t worry, I can’t see who bought what. I wish I could, because then I’d know who bought that case of chocolate Malt-O-Meal in 2009, and I could befriend them. Any friend of chocolate Malt-O-Meal is a friend of mine.
I only recommend things I actually use and have paid for myself, with my own money. I don’t do paid posts/reviews of any kind, and I don’t keep affiliate agreements with any genealogy sites where I don’t have an active, paid subscription at the time of the post. In fact, if I have a paid subscription but am not happy with the site, I don’t link to those either. I’m grumpy like that.
I use the money to pay the hosting fees for this site, and if I ever have any left over, I’ll use it to pay the heat bill. I live in Wisconsin, so we need a lot of heat. So thanks for the heat!
These are the sites I’m affiliated with:
Fold3 (formerly Footnote)
LiquidWeb (my fabulous hosting company…best service on Earth!)
Thesis Theme for WordPress (the blog theme I use, which gives me the flexibility to do all kinds of stuff)
Backblaze (the online backup service I use and love)
The second way I make money is by having a day job. I’m the online editor at Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University. You should check ‘em out. You can also buy cool genealogy books and stuff at ShopFamilyTree.com.
The third way I make money is when people pay me to do stuff. Once in a while I do freelance writing, social media stuff, or other project work (some genealogy-related, some related to my old HR career, and some that defies description). Need somebody to write or do stuff for you? Email me.