This page has been added to serve as the basis for off-site links that don't need their own page.
It also includes some "affiliate" programs that pay me when you sign up for something. (See below for my policy on affiliate programs.)
These are pages that I wanted to link but which had no other good "spot" on my site.
Angels for Hope: This organization crochets angels, butterflies and "smiley faces" to bring a message of hope to the severely injured and chronically ill, as well as their caregivers. They originally got my attention by asking my permission to link to me (without any obligation). As I checked out their site, I found their efforts inspiring and wanted to link to them. ««»»
My Journey – By Chip Gerber: In 1997 Chip was diagnosed with early Onset Alzheimer's Disease. He writes: After some depression, anger and denial, I decided that I would do a daily journal sharing my life and thoughts with others. I have been doing this through My Journey now for about a year. I spent some time at his site and realized that it opened a door for me to help me understand what Alzheimers is like from the point of view of the person who has it. If you know someone who would benefit or if you have a page on your site for which it would be appropriate, you might give this consideration. ««»»
Pages Linking to Me
These are pages that link to me that I have found. They linked to me without any requirement that I link back. I found them interesting and I'm linking back as my small way of saying thanks.
Video Streaming Service Providers: This site's About Us page links to this page on my site in it's explanation of why it is not using link exchanges to try to manipulate search engines. Thank you, guys. I appreciate the thought (and the link). ««»»
Page Voting Banners
World's Top Personal MS Websites
These sites caught my eye. I liked their graphics. So I thought I'd add a link.
Bob Staake — Humorous Cartoon Art
I went to Bob's site to apply for his award. But I checked out his Friends of Bob link exchange program. I loved his graphics so much I just had to participate.
I really didn't care about the link back. I don't participate in link exchanges. But I wanted the graphic.
The difficult part was choosing which graphic to use!
Frog Creations — Cool T-Shirts
Like Bob's site above, I went to this site to apply for an award. But because I'm particularly fond of frogs and found this great button, I just had to put it on my site! To be honest, I won't be model customer. But that is only because I don't own or wear any t-shirts. But if I did, these would be ones I would want. Now if I can just convince him to print on "real" shirts (the ones with collars and long sleeves).
Search engines and Site Listings To Which I Link In Order To Qualify For, enhance or ensure My Own Listing
Affiliate Programs Policy
Whenever I provide a link to an affiliate program that pays me, I attempt to also provide an alternate link which omits the referral information. These alternate links will not result in payment to me. If you object to affiliate programs, you can use these alternate links to buy and I won't get any money.
The reasons I do this are simple. First, my site is not primarily a commercial site. It is not about making money. Affiliate payments are nice, but if they all went away, I'd still have my site. Second, I link to some affiliate sites because they are good, not because I'd get paid. Getting a small dividend is an extra; it is not the motivation. Third, I link to other affiliate sites (those with which I do not have personal buying experience), because my research indicates that they might be of interest to my visitors and that they offer a quality product or service.
For all of these reasons I fully disclose my affiliate relationship and offer a choice. I let the buyer choose to support my site because they like my site, instead of forcing them to support my site because my relationship with the vendor is secret. My site is not about advertising and making money. Never has been. Never will be.
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