For years I've been working on the content of this site. I have big plans and a clear direction that I want this site to go in. In its current state, Albopepper.com does not make me a profit. My associated YouTube Channel (Albopepper) is clearly never going to support me financially either. I am forced to continue working full time as a graphic designer in order to support myself and my wife (although she works too).
If you like the content or ideas presented on my site or in my videos, then please show your support. Without the support of readers and viewers, it is unlikely that new content will continue to come along at any significant pace. So what can you do?
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YOUTUBE SUPPORT: The simple act of viewing some of my YouTube videos is helpful. When you watch a video that you think is ok, do you give me a Thumbs Up? With a single click or tap you can help to bolster my video rankings. Have you subscribed to my Channel? If not... why not? It's free and it helps my channel to thrive. If you see something you think is neat or interesting, share it on your social media. When my channel is viewed, liked and subscribed to, I am given motivation to continue creating more content for my beloved viewers!
GARMENT SALES: I've tried FIVE online direct to garment printers. I bought from them. I checked the quality of their prints and looked at their pricing. I am very proud to be partnered with SpreadShirt.com. Through my online storefront, they fulfill all of my gardening T-shirt designs that are featured on my site and videos.
I pour my heart and soul into devising unique pro-gardening slogans, and artwork. Gardening is my passion and I'm proud to wear it on my sleeve. People love reading my shirts and they even say they like the designs. Why not buy one for yourself or for that special someone in your life? I'd like to continue to increase the variety and quality of my design line, but it's hard to devote much time to something that is not embraced by the community.
AFFILIATE LINKING: I want full control over what my readers are exposed to. That's why I use a service called VGLink. It is an affiliate program which gives me a commission on sales that are made through links on my site. For most Amazon listings, I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
I don't want a site that randomly generates ad banners based upon a user's cookies. So I hand-pick all product links, keeping them highly relevant to the topic at hand. With these links, the price that a consumer pays is exactly the same, whether they click through my site or not. But by clicking one of my links, I get a tiny commission. It's like sending me a donation that doesn't cost you a penny!
I put lots of time into product testing and reviewing. I don't want a reader to be tricked into buying a junk product. I don't want them to be sent to a site that is overcharging them. It's a lot of work, trying to identify which items will truly benefit the gardening community. If you find links to a product that I've listed on my site or my YouTube Channel... If that product is what you are looking for and it is priced at a good value... Then please consider buying it through my link.
DONATIONS? Many websites and YouTube channels will provide a "Donate" button. This allows a person to make a direct monetary contribution. I often feel that such buttons are like asking for a hand-out. I'm not going to beg for money. So for the time being, I don't include a donate button. If I ever find that people are requesting one, then I may decide to add it. We'll see.