A friend of mine suggested I sign up as an Amazon Associate as a way to cover the operating expenses of Flint Expatriates. Since I was feeling particularly broke that day, I spent a few hours figuring out how to get the Amazon ads on the blog and create an Amazon store of Flint-related items. Yes, it was a mind numbingly boring process, so I never even bothered to figure out how the payment part worked.
Well, I finally figured it out. I've earned $18 from readers accessing Amazon from Flint Expats and buying things. So I'm still not getting rich from Flint Expats, but $18 is still a nice surprise. So thanks to everyone out there that bought something, especially the reader who bought all those cookbooks. (Man, you must really like cooking.)
I also figured out that you don't have to actually buy the Flint items or even the items advertised in the right-hand column. All you have to do is click on one of the ads; get on the Amazon website; buy anything you want; and Flint Expats earns a small — apparently very small — referral fee.
So allow me to make this humble plea...if you think you want something on Amazon and it's not too much of a hassle, please access the Amazon site via one of the Amazon ads or the Amazon search engine on Flint Expatriates. I'm trying to save up enough money to dine in style at Angelo's when I visit Flint this summer.
And if someone buys a speedboat or something on Amazon, I'll buy you dinner at Angelo's, provided you're sober.