A Traveling Broad is partially funded by advertisements and affiliate relationships. However, I always have and will continue to only personally recommend or endorse something if I feel that it would be of value to my readers. If I find a product or service that has helped me during my travels or that I think would be useful, I will let you know about it. If a product or tool isn’t worth it, I will tell you that as well.
The purpose of endorsing products or services is for your benefit, not mine. I will tell you about great or interesting products and services that I find regardless of whether I receive any compensation from them.
That said, there are times when I am already talking about or recommending a product that offers an affiliate program. When I find this to be the case, I create an affiliate relationship with that company and receive compensation for referrals. But to reiterate, I will never endorse a product or service that I don’t believe will help you regardless of compensation.
Some examples of Affiliate relationships that help fund this site include Airbnb, Ebates, and Groupon. Each company offers products or services that I use myself and recommend. They also have some sort of affiliate or referral program. These are what I love because I can help my readers by pointing them to good tools and resources and help fund A Traveling Broad in the process.
On the other hand, if and when my opinions about products change, I let it be known (knowing full well that it will reduce compensation). Earning the trust of my readers is far more valuable than the commission from a few affiliate sales.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.