Did you know Amazon has lots of awesome products, and that this site earns a share any time you make a purchase after clicking our Amazon affiliate links? It’s true!
For example, check out this amazing mattress! Sure is nice, right? Here – here’s a review of this mattress that will make you want it even more (and make it more likely that we’ll make some affiliate income):
Do you feel tired sometimes? Of course you do. No, it’s not your child who keeps waking up at midnight every night (and for WHAT?!!) and then wakes up screaming 7am. No, it’s because you need this new mattress! Buy it using this link.
That’s great, right?
As it turns out, lots of sites are doing this same kind of thing, except without the obvious snark.
A recent article in Bloomberg revealed that The Wirecutter generated $150mm in revenue through its Amazon affiliate links last year. While The Wirecutter is actually a pretty thorough, objectively great site for honest reviews, lots of other sites disguise their Amazon link dumps as “content.”
Here’s an example from BGR:
Have you ever heard of the Gatekeeper Wireless Bluetooth Computer Lock? Did you know that the Luma Home WiFi System can completely eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones in your home? Have you met Ollie, the amazing app controlled robot?
You’ll find all these cool items and much more in Amazon’s special startup section.
And the Amazon Launchpad isn’t just for electronic gadgets, by the way. Take a look around and you’ll find some pretty crazy non-tech items as well. Before you know it, you’ll be growing organic basil right out of a can, brewing delicious espresso on the go and ironing your clothes perfectly anywhere and everywhere with an innovative little travel iron.
Do yourself a favor and check it out — we guarantee you’ll find some cool stuff that you’ve never come across before.
The affiliate links have been stripped out, but you can probably guess where they were. (Hint: everywhere.)
Publishers are struggling to adjust to ad blocking, sure. But is this what we, as an Internet community, want? Bad affiliate link dumps masked as snack able content? We can be better, Internet.
A way to not be better: running ads that are clearly lies. Again, we can look to BGR for an example: