Everyone understands "selling out" a little differently. Advertising something you'd never buy/use yourself might be one example.
I generally only think a blog has "sold out" when the tone of the writing changes entirely. As in, 'this person used to write heartfelt personal essays, and now posts a sponsored product review every day.' Or a blog used to be entirely content from the author, but is now almost entirely "success stories" from readers who took the author's life advice.
I don't mean to imply that blogs shouldn't change as the bloggers lives change! Only that readers need to feel like they're dealing with the same person.
You put a lot of time and effort into your blog. Surely there are vegan companies who'd be happy to work with you! What products/services are most likely to benefit your readers?
That's interesting Rebakah. I think it's good to know what other peoples perceptions are re: selling out.
I'm sure that there probably would be companies who'd be interested in working with me but I have no idea how to approach companies to talk about advertising or what price companies might be paying for that kind of service.
I feel similarly to you. I also don't want to post links to amazon. It doesn't work for my site because my site is in German but bookdepository also has an affiliate program: http://affiliates.bookdepository.com/af ... /index.php
Sadly The Book Depository is owned by Amazon.
I get semi-regular emails inviting me to put ads on my site for some grocery shopping network.
Vegan Cuts has an affiliate program, but I wouldn't bother with it as my link has never worked. According to them, no one has ever even clicked my affiliate link, let alone bought something. Even when someone on twitter asked me for my link and then told me they signed up for the snack box with it.
Yeah aside from that sounding shady/annoying I definitely don't think VC is for me, I'm not into the beauty box thang and I'd be pissed if I signed up for a snack box and it came with weird shiitake to put in water and healthy snacks!! Maybe I'll contact the people who run one in the UK though. They appear to stuff theirs full of crisps, chocolate and biscuits!
You can check and see if some local to you places do affiliate links. Some of the vegan grocers in the US have them and I signed up for Rabbit Food Grocery because they're a company I am happy to promote. You could also talk to places in the UK that you write about and see about them paying you for a direct ad, rather than an affiliate link. That way you have exact control over who is showing up on your site.
And thanks for also being someone who doesn't want to advertise Amazon.
I e-mailed Rabbit Food, it was them posting here that made me think more about it but I want to see if they ship outside the US before I try signing up. I like the idea of contacting companies I buy from about direct ad's I would have no clue what the going rate would be though and I guess I'd need to get over the feeling that I'm being presumptuous even suggesting it!