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Why do I have affiliate links on cucicucicoo.com?
Blogging takes up a lot of time which I would otherwise be spending working outside the home. There are also a lot of expenses to running a website. Alas, this website would not be able to exist without earning some money. This is why I sell my own sewing patterns, show advertising on the website, and sometimes use affiliate links.
Affiliate links are just links to certain products or websites. As an affiliate marketer, I earn from qualifying purchases. This means that, when a reader clicks on one of these links and makes a purchase, I earn a small portion of it. The reader who clicked does not spend a single cent extra. And I promise that I never, ever include this type of link or suggest any service or product that I do not full-heartedly recommend.
My amazing affiliates
The following is a list of the companies who I have chosen to affiliate myself with. Let me tell you a little about why I love them so much.
Amazon.com: I’ve been using Amazon for years in the United States and in Italy. They supply pretty much anything you could want at great prices, ship quickly and often for free. Their customer service is beyond compare. I also own a Kindle Paperwhite and download loads of inexpensive or free e-books. As I live in Italy, I also have had an account on Amazon.it pretty much since the day the website opened. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Craftsy: How awesome is Craftsy?! A point of reference for all DIY enthusiasts, it has an incredible number and variety of online classes and patterns (many of which are free!) running the gamut of crafts. I’m naturally drawn to the sewing patterns and courses, but there are also resources for knitting and crochet, jewelry making, cake design… you name it and they’ve got it! Craftsy makes it easy to learn something new no matter how old or where you live… yah!
WordPress Multilingual plugin: When I decided to make the jump to a more professional-looking blog, I knew I needed to get the two languages I write in separated. When I contacted a web designer about doing this, he gave me an astronomical quote, far beyond my budget. Then I discovered WPML, which saved me. There are three different versions and various add-ons, but I just paid $29 for the most basic version and I’ve loved it ever since. You can translate posts, pages, titles, etc into 40 different languages (and you can add more with the WPML editor). Categories and tags need be translated only once and they get carried directly over into the other languages when you translate a post. I only use English and Italian, but you can use as many languages as you want. It changes the WordPress dashboard a little so that you can navigate the various parts of your website in the different languages, but it’s still really easy to use. Read here for more information on how to create a completely bilingual or multilingual blog. (coming soon!)
rtCamp: All the great things I was able to do with my blog were only possible after switching from the Blogger platform to self-hosted WordPress. I searched around for ways to transfer my entire blog, then with 300 posts and over 2,000 images, over to WordPress. However I am not a techo-savvy coding person and the instructions I found were totally incomprehensible to me. And the more I read in forums, the more people I found who’d had absolute disasters migrating their blogs, losing images and content. Then I found an actual plugin for Blogger to WordPress migration, but after reading more in depth, I found that a lot of people had difficulty with that too. If you have a blog or website, you know how much effort goes into creating content, and at that point I was absolutely terrified of the move. But then I discovered that the developers of that plugin, rtCamp, also offered a Blogger to WordPress migration service. We wrote back and forth, they responded to my never-ending inexperienced questions, always in a timely, polite and helpful manner, and I took the plunge. For an incredibly low rate, they set up my WordPress dashboard, moved all my content, widgets, links and images over to it, and set it up so that every single page of my old blog redirected automatically to the corresponding page of my new WordPress blog. They offered to update my blog feed details, too, but instead I opted for them just telling me how to update it myself and I got that taken care of in a minute. It seems that many Blogger to WordPress migrations actually leave images hosted on the Blogger server, which apparently doesn’t matter in terms of how the blog looks, but Google has been known to suddenly delete accounts and they have total power over your content there. With my rtCamp migration, my images got moved over to WordPress so that I didn’t have to fear anything happening to them. The rtCamp team also offers web design, plugin development, web hosting and other services too, though I haven’t actually used any of those services. But from my experience with them, I can say that I 100% recommend and trust them. Read here for more information on how to create a completely bilingual or multilingual blog. (coming soon!)
Pippity: One issue I had with my multilingual website was getting my post and newsletter subscription forms (which are each available in English and Italian) to pop up in the right language. I searched and searched for a popup plugin that would make the right language be displayed when I wanted it, and then I finally found Pippity. There are different plans available but, again, I bought the base plan for $49 and I’ve loved it! I created different popups for the different subscription forms and languages and, with some incredibly helpful advice from the software’s developer, I programmed them to popup for the right language when I wanted them to and as often as I wanted. Don’t you hate visiting websites when a subscription popup blocks the screen every single time you visit, every page, even if you’ve already subscribed?! It doesn’t have to be that way with Pippity. Technical support is quick and incredibly helpful and you can consult Pippity analytics to find out how often your popups have been visualized and clicked. I’ve gotten lots more feed subscriptions since investing in Pippity. Read here for more information on how to create a completely bilingual or multilingual blog. (coming soon!)
Sticker Kid: These customized name labels really shocked me with their quality and durability! The stickers are fantastic on kids’ objects so that they don’t lose them at school, day care, summer camp, etc, but companies could also use them to label and keep track of their property (such as in a gym or pool. Did I mention that they’re waterproof?). The no-sew iron-on labels are also a wonderful quality, great for keeping track of kids’ clothing items or for labelling your home-sewn creations without having to sew on an itchy tag. I wrote a full review about these personalized labels and there is an exclusive 10% discount for Cucicucicoo readers only using the coupon code “CUCICUCICOO” (as of date, valid until the end of September 2014 in any regional version of the Sticker Kid website).