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RPS, Affiliate Links And You

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So you might notice something different at the bottom of RPS posts from now on: a small note about affiliate links and RPS's policy regarding them. That's because we now have a policy regarding affiliate links and their use.

Here's what the note says:

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a few pennies. For more information, go here.

And here's what the page it links to says about how affiliate linking policy:

You may spy affiliate links on RPS. These mean we receive a teeny-tiny commission from a retailer if you buy something after following one of those links.

CORRUPTION? Well, no, because that would be rubbish. We don’t allow editorial to be dictated by advertising in any form, and it’s the same here. In fact, if you followed a link about a graphics card, decided against it, then bought the complete works of Judy Blume that same day, we’d get a commission from that purchase instead! We’re basically trying to take money away from Judy Blume.

The links are there as a convenience to you if you’re interested in whatever we’re writing about, whether we’ve said it’s fantastic or a stinking poo, and if you buy something from that store, then we get a smidgeon of cash to spend on sweets/writers. Win-win.

We will never, ever, cover something because of a potential affiliate link, for two extremely important reasons:

1) We will NEVER allow our editorial to be affected by our advertising, because that stinks.

2) We are FAR too disorganised to pull off something like that.

If you don’t like them, please don’t click on them. In fact, say a swear at your monitor as you don’t click. If you do, and you fancy helping us out with a spot of cash, then click away. We’ll love you the same either way.

Of course, this means you might see affiliate links appearing in parts of the site in the days, weeks and months ahead. As per the policy above, we'll make sure this doesn't affect our editorial. If you think we're failing to meet our own policy, or have any other problem with affiliate links, please email me right away.

(If you don't see the message at the bottom of posts yet, then that'll be a caching issue and it'll appear for you in the next day or two.)

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Graham Smith

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Rock Paper Shotgun's former editor-in-chief and current corporate dad. Also, he continues to write evening news posts for some reason.