Last week, I wrote about how I earned a free weekend getaway using credit card rewards. And, for some reason, it rubbed a few people the wrong way. But this time, it was different. I wasn’t getting hate mail for using an expletive or insulting entire races of people, I was getting pushback because I openly admit that I make money blogging. Because, according to some people, making money blogging is wrong. Here is an anonymous email that I received:
If you’re really trying to help people, you shouldn’t be promoting credit cards AKA the devil. It’s especially wrong because YOUR MAKING MONEY doing it. Shame on you.
I also had this Twitter exchange with another person who does not approve. To protect his privacy, I will lovingly refer to him as Twitter Hater, or Twaitor.
@ClubThrifty: Looks more like a clever advertisement to open up credit cards
- @Twaitor: Ummm……yeah. That’s certainly the goal. I make my living online, remember? Ever heard of affiliate links?
@ClubThrifty: Ironic, like an alcoholic counselor opening a liquor shop.
Weird. And, now I’m totally confused.
You see, since it’s my blog and all, I thought that I was supposed to be writing about the things that I do to save money. Hmmmmm……
Are Affiliate Links Wrong?
So, I totally get it that someone thinks I shouldn’t write about using credit cards. But, I also totally don’t care. Even though I write a frugality blog, I’m an out-of-the closet credit card enthusiast. I use credit cards for nearly 100% of my spending and I would probably put everything, including my mortgage, on a rewards card if I could. However, I always pay my balance in full. And, since I feel like I’m pretty clear about that, I don’t feel bad about sharing the same deals with my readers.
So, with that being said, is it wrong for me, as a blogger, to make money if someone clicks on any of my affiliate links and buys something? I don’t think so. In fact, most blogs, especially big ones, have some sort of affiliate links embedded somewhere in their site. And, I personally don’t see anything inherently wrong with websites getting paid for promoting products. Personally, I use a handful of affiliate links for products ranging from Allstate Auto Insurance to Netflix to the Barclaycard World Arrival MasterCard. Oh, and even though I absolutely loathe Walmart, I use their affiliate links too. Companies like FlexOffers make affiliate links available so that I, and other websites, can sell their stuff. And since I like earning money, I gladly take advantage of it. Why? Because it’s an easy way to make passive income. That’s why.
What is Ethical Blogging?
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with bloggers making money, regardless of which method they employ to do so. That is, of course, as long as they’re not stealing anything, scamming anyone, or misleading anyone. I also don’t think that it’s wrong for a frugality blog to sell credit cards. And besides, anyone who sees me as a moral authority on anything needs to get their head checked. I mean, do they actually read this blog? Seriously.
What about you? Do you think it’s wrong to make money blogging? Do you think it’s wrong for frugality blogs to sell credit cards?