Affiliate relationships

If you click on any of the links embedded in our reviews, it’s possible that SideHusl will earn a commission through a so-called “affiliate relationship.” What’s an affiliate relationship? Essentially, it’s a website’s way of saying “these companies are advertisers.”

Response required

However, affiliates pay for their ads based on how readers respond. If readers don’t click on the advertiser’s link — or sign up to try the advertiser’s products — the website “affiliate” doesn’t make money. If you do respond to the affiliate link, it might.

With other types of advertising, advertisers simply pay for “eyeballs.” In other words, they pay a set rate, based on how many people view a specific page. It doesn’t matter whether the reader eventually buys something from that advertiser. They’re paying for space.

Affiliates are not. They pay only for action. If the reader does not act in some way (each agreement is somewhat different in terms of what action is required), the website that ran the ad does not get paid at all. 

This is why you may see glowing stories on other sites about side hustles that we pan. One of the revelations we’ve learned in running this site is that some of the worst opportunities pay the best affiliate commissions.

What about us?

How does SideHusl deal with affiliate relationships? Our site completes and publishes our reviews. After that, we may apply to be an affiliate — even of side hustles that we rate poorly. This is one of the ways we hope to monetize our site. 

Many poorly-reviewed companies turn us down, or ask us to change our reviews in order to become affiliates. We are happy to decline those affiliate relationships. In our opinion, any potential revenue we might earn by lying to you isn’t worth the loss of trust.

Not your mother

A few poorly-rated side hustles have accepted us as affiliates without making any demands, however. In those instances, you’ll see a “try this” button at the end of our review.

Why offer link buttons that will send people to sites that we think offer rotten opportunity? Because we are not your mother. We provide accurate information about the risks and rewards.  You decide what to do with it.

We do not use affiliate links in our stories/blog posts. The links you see in those pieces simply go back to our reviews.  Our ratings and reviews are in no way affected by the potential of earning affiliate revenue.