Hello, welcome to the blog. If you choose to use my affiliate links after reading this, thanks, I really appreciate your support.
So, affiliate links:
- What are affiliate links
- What do they do
- Why do I use them on the blog
- Why should you use them?
If you’re not interested in the details, you just want to know if you pay anything extra if you make a booking or purchase after clicking on an affiliate link, this is what happens:
Here’s an example: when you go direct to a booking site like Agoda and book a hotel, Agoda receive commission from the hotel, I don’t know what the percentage is, but that’s theirs to keep.
If you visit Agoda via an affiliate link from this blog, then book a hotel, Agoda pay me commission. The commission they pay me is taken – deducted from their own commission they receive from the hotel.
Short answer, you don’t pay anything extra, you pay exactly the same as you would if you went direct to Agoda. That applies not only to Agoda, it applies to all affiliate links on this blog.
On the blog, any page which contains affiliate links – will also have an affiliate disclosure. That doesn’t mean every link on the page is an affiliate link, but in case you end up making a purchase, please assume it is.
What’s in it for me?
Commission, it pays for my website hosting and firewall, and a few cups of coffee.
It’s not just about what’s in it for me though, there’s something in it for you, and that’s what I love about the services you can reach through the affiliate links on this blog – they actually offer you something useful – like discounts.
Whether it’s buying cheap tickets to attractions, booking a hotel, buying a bus ticket, getting travel insurance on the go, or even joining a free-to-use dating site, it’s right there, and it costs you nothing.
What is an affiliate link?
Some pages on the blog have an affiliate “disclosure” to let you know the page contains affiliate links. So you click on a link and it takes you to Agoda, Klook, ThaiFriendly – for example.
Affiliate link structure:
Affiliate links behave like any other link, except they contain pieces of code, or they might even be structured differently, I’ll show you what I mean.
Let’s say there’s a link to ThaiFriendly.com, an ordinary – non affiliate link URL would look like “https://www.thaifriendly.com/”
The affiliate link url looks like “https://www.thaifriendly.com/?ai=956&cid=1” – the affiliate code on that link is “?ai=956” and “&cid=1” is optional campaign id code.
What’s the piece of code for?
It’s just an identifier, for example if you happened to book a hotel with Agoda after clicking a link on the blog, they see the URL contains “cid=1606071”, that’s my unique affiliate ID and that tells them you came from pattayaunlimited.com.
Before a website or blog owner (like me) can use affiliate links they must apply to join the affiliate program.
Take me for example, my introduction to Klook was via an affiliate link on Bumblebee Mum’s blog, she was using Klook to get discounted entry tickets and hire a car and driver during her stay in Pattaya. I was like “Wow this is great”, and Klook just happens to be a perfect fit, and a valuable resource for visitors on the blog.
So I go along and and apply to join their affiliate program. They review my blog and approve, then give me my own affiliate account with a dashboard and all the tools I need to form my own unique affiliate links.
Affiliate programs I use on the blog
NOTE: the links below are affiliate links.
I like to include services I use myself, or at least highly recommended services, which of course are relevant to the content of the blog, and are a valuable resource for you when you visit the blog.
Those services include:
- Agoda.com – hotel and accommodation booking
- HotelsCombined.com – hotel price comparison
- Klook.com– discounted tickets to attractions and travel services
- Hotels2Thailand.com – discounted tickets to attractions
- ThaiFriendly.com – online Thai dating site
- World Nomads – travel insurance on the go
- 12Go.asia – Thailand travel tickets including bus, train, ferry, plane
- Airbnb – use that link to get a discount on your first Airbnb booking
So there you have it. You click on a link, make a booking, I earn commission, and it costs you nothing. Happy days.
Thanks for reading, stick around, buy something lol.