Some of the posts and pages on this blog contain affiliate links, that means if you make a booking or purchase after clicking on one of the links I earn commission.
I don’t want you to worry, you pay absolutely nothing extra if you make a booking or purchase, you will actually pay the exact same price if you go direct to the source website.
What is an affiliate link?
On the blog you will notice there are links to companies like Agoda, Klook, 12go, ThaiFriendly, and so on. These companies have what is known as “affiliate programs”. Websites, content writers and bloggers, like me, can join the affiliate program, grab a chunk of “affiliate code” and add it to our links.
Now what happens is, when a visitor (such as yourself) comes along to Pattaya Unlimited and clicks on an affiliate link, any transaction will be credited to me, and I get commission. That little piece of affiliate code added to the URL is basically identifying that click through to the website as coming from my blog.
Services Pattaya Unlimited is Affiliated With
NOTE: these are affiliate links.
Agoda – hotel booking: The most popular site for hotel booking in Thailand. Usually have the best deals, by far the best choice. And many booking options, including booking without a credit card.
Klook – entry tickets and tours: With Klook, everything is discounted, and you earn points which get you a discount on your next booking. One of the best things about Klook is, there’s so much more on offer than just entry tickets.
12Go – travel and transport: However you want to get around Thailand, by bus, train, plane, ferry, or taxi, 12go makes booking a ride dead simple.
World Nomads – travel insurance: Especially useful if you want to buy travel insurance after you left home.
Jet Radar by Travel Payouts – flight finder: Finds the cheapest rates for flights by comparing prices.
ThaiFriendly – dating: The best dating site in Thailand. Whatever kind of relationship you are looking for, from a girlfriend experience to a wife, you can find it on ThaiFriendly.
Mizz Thai – travel companions: A niche Thailand travel companion dating site.
Why Do I Use Affiliate Links
Short answer, for the money, but there’s a little more to it than that. The services I’m affiliated with compliment the content of my blog, and at the same time give me the opportunity to introduce you to a service which will benefit you.
Of course, I could offer you those services without using affiliate links, but hey, who ever turns down the opportunity to a little money?.
How Much Am I Earning
You know, my dream job would be to stay home with the family and to blog full time. Working as a diver has its moments, but on the whole, spending weeks away from home, working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week is not fun, but that’s the reality.
At the moment, if the blog makes 15,000 baht in a single month, well, that’s a great month. Not a vast amount, but considering blog hosting and security costs no more than 3000 baht a month, it’s not a bad profit.
What you can earn using affiliate links relates to the number of visitors per day. This blog currently gets around 1,800 visits per day. Of course if every blog visitor was intent on making a purchase or booking, it would be an entirely different story, but of those 1,800 visitors per day, perhaps 5 will make a booking or purchase.
That leaves me a few thousand visitors per day short of my dream job, sigh!.
People Distrust Affiliate Links
So far as the person who clicks on an affiliate link is concerned, an affiliate link is just like any other link. Once you click on an affiliate link and leave this blog, well that’s it, you left this blog, and you are in the hands of the website you just clicked through to.
No personal information is shared with me. If you buy a ticket to some place, all I know is ‘somebody’ bought a ticket to ‘some place’, and the amount of commission I earned.
There’s always a suspicion that a service, website, or whatever is being recommended not because it’s the best service, but simply because the blogger can make money from it.
I don’t have any problem recommending the services I’m affiliated with on my blog. You know, if you search around travel blogs similar to this one, you will find the same services recommended over and over again. That’s not because they pay the most per sale, it’s because they get sales, because they offer the best service and best rates.
Agoda is a good example, just about all the hotel booking sites offer an affiliate program, Agoda only pay commission if a user books within 24 hours of clicking on the affiliate link. Most others will pay up to 1 month after, wow that’s great, but you won’t get any sales because everyone uses Agoda in Thailand.
Not the most interesting topic, but there you have it, affiliate links!. Thanks for reading.