To provide additional support for his writing, Mark is a member of various affiliate advertising programs. These programs provide him with a small commission when products are purchased after clicking through the links on his website. You, as the purchaser, pay no additional cost for your purchases. To give an illustrative example, assume that Mark receives a 4% commission on one of his ebooks that is purchased after clicking through a link from his website to Amazon. In this case, instead of receiving the 70% royalty that is typical from an ebook sale, he will receive a total of 74% of the ebook’s purchase price between the combination of his royalty and his affiliate commission, resulting in slightly higher overall earnings (and more money to put towards things like book covers and web hosting!).
As a practical matter, you may have every confidence that Mark only links to products that he believes you would enjoy (such as his own ebooks :-) ) or products that he enjoys himself. Mark participates in the following affiliate programs:
Amazon: Mark is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.