After starting Debbee’s Buzz eight months ago, I made the decision to “monetize” the blog beginning in July 2018, in order to cover not insignificant costs for building, maintaining and operating the site. I’ve created this page to be transparent, honest and clear in why it matters to you.
What You Need to Know
Debbee’s Buzz is a personal blog written and edited by me. This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions, affiliate commissions and/or other forms of compensation.
This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. I believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity.
The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts written for this blog. All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements.
As owner of this blog, I may sometimes be compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites, books and various other topics. Even though I may receive compensation for posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.
I am not responsible for the actions of my advertisers, sponsors or blog commenters. If you purchase a product through a link from Debbee’s Buzz, you must take action with that company to resolve any issues, not this blog.
This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.
By reading this blog, you acknowledge that you are doing so of your own free will and you are taking and following the information provided at your own risk.
Unless otherwise noted, I am the legal copyright holder of the material and pictures posted on Debbee’s Buzz. My material may be used by peer blogs, if it is linked to my blog and I am given credit for my pictures and ideas. It may not be published, copied, or reprinted without my consent.
The information I provide on my blog is based on my own experience and is my own opinion. You are reading and following my advice at your own risk. Always use safety precautions when performing a DIY project and always read and follow manufacturer’s directions for the products and tools you use. I cannot be responsible or liable for direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages in connection with or arising from the use of the information displayed on Debbee’s Buzz.
In My Words
As a blogger, I don’t have a large budget to spend on tools, resources and training. However, those things are crucial for success.
I want to always be open, honest and transparent with my audience. Running a website with regular blog posts requires a not insignificant investment of time and money — for the web infrastructure/operation, as well as content creation. I spend an estimated eight hours preparing, writing, photo editing, proofing and publishing each post. That does not include time spent crafting a project, or setting a tablescape, for example.
It costs money on a monthly or annual basis for web site server hosting, a content management infrastructure, the theme or site’s graphic interface, plug-in software modules (for everything from site security to commenting tools to social media connections, etc.), photo editing tools, email newsletter services, and more.
I consider Debbee’s Buzz a hobby, not a part-time job. I recently retired from working and am blogging for enjoyment. My primary goal in commercialize the site is to cover the blog’s underlying costs. And, I wouldn’t mind a little more “mad money” to help fund my DIY projects, My Favorite Things Parties, and other interests.
Below are two primary sources that I hope will help fund Debbee’s Buzz:
Products & Services Orders for wreaths, invitations, decorations or other creations seen on the site or via custom requests. I am always extremely flattered when someone purchases one of my creations. If you’ve purchased a wreath, invitations or other custom item or service from me, please leave your review in the comments to share with others.
Referral Fees I may earn referral fees when you buy products or services from companies that I recommend or mention in a post. I only recommend products or services that I use myself or believe will add value to my followers. All opinions are my own, and I do not accept payments for positive reviews. This monetization method is called affiliate marketing. The biggest brands on the internet offer affiliate programs such as Amazon, eBay, Google, etc. Many of your favorite sites and blogs use affiliate marketing to pay the bills. Oftentimes, you will see banner ads. Other times, you will see a special link unique to each website that track referrals. When you click on these links, you are tagged with a special cookie to track the referral. If you end up buying the product, then they pay me a referral fee. The referral fees vary for each product. Most are based on a percentage. Others are for a fixed dollar amount. If you’re thinking of buying a product from say Amazon, then please buy it using a Debbee’s Buzz referral link. If you’re using a product that I recommend, then please leave your review in the comments to help others.
- Question #1 – Will it Cost Me More Money?
No, absolutely not. In many cases, deals and promotions will actually save you money.
- Question #2 – Do You See My Personal Details?
No. I don’t see any personal information i.e name, email, address, credit card, etc. The only thing I see is that an anonymous user made a purchase on date/time and which product they bought.
Sites like Debbee’s Buzz takes an investment of time and money to create and operate. That’s why I appreciate your taking the time to read posts, leave comments, and subscribe to the email newsletter. I also appreciate you spreading the word by sharing Debbee’s Buzz with your friends and family by forwarding posts via email, posting to Facebook, pinning on Pinterest, etc.
If you’ve found Debbee’s Buzz, interesting, helpful, or entertaining, then I hope that you will help support my efforts to I can continue to blog and create for years to come.