This blog is a labor of love, it was not created to make me money. However, even though I adore connecting with fellow “Coalcrackers” and sharing fond memories of the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeast Pennsylvania, this blog — like much in life — is not free for me to operate.
I have costs associated with a domain name (acoalcrackerinthekitchen.com), hosting for the website (the place where this plethora of information “resides” for you to come and visit), and a security certificate so you can rest assured information you share through this site is secure and protected, among other costs.
To help defray those costs, I participate in some affiliate marketing programs. Will they provide a living? Nope, not in my wildest dreams, but every little bit helps. It is always a pleasant surprise to see a bit of earnings from my affiliates, but compared to the big scheme; i.e., the many hours spent creating and maintaining this blog — it is not really “making money”. But, I am already here doing what I love, which is connecting with people who share a love for the Coal Region and its comfort foods, so it is logical to make use of affiliate programs to highlight or recommend the things, products, and equipment I use or those that have made a difference in my life — in the kitchen or outside it — as a physically challenged person (wheelchair user, below-the-knee amputee, and Rheumatoid Arthritis patient to mention just a few things that share my life!)
The ads you will see throughout pages, posts, and sidebars, or links for products you may click on/purchase, help me continue to “keep the lights on” here in The Coal Cracker Kitchen on the web. If you click on certain affiliate links on this site, I make a small percentage here and there for your clicks and your purchases.
Specifically, I participant in the Amazon Affiliates program and the Shareasale affiliate program, both affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for us publishers (like me and this blog) to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites through Shareasale. I also participate in Google Adsense.