I used to always include Amazon purchase links to book with my reviews, right next to the Goodreads link. As of a few weeks ago, I no longer do this.
When making this decision, I weighed the pros and cons. Why was I adding purchase links in the first place? Was it to make my readers’ lives easier if they want to buy the book? Maybe. Was it to make a few bucks from affiliate links? More likely.
But the process of adding purchase links—even just one pathetic Amazon link—started to weigh down on me. I’M LAZY! I don’t like having to go to Amazon, get the affiliate link, and paste it in my review. Maybe it only takes less than a minute, but it was starting to bring me down. I was sick of it. And every time I did that, I kept thinking, “What’s the point? Does anyone click on these links?” For me the answer was no. (Or at least small enough that it wasn’t worth my time.)
I don’t think I’ve ever made more than a few dollars from my affiliate links… over two years. Most people don’t click the links at all. So for me, it’s not worth the hassle.
If this inconveniences you, I apologize!
But luckily, the purchase page is only a few clicks away! Clicking on the “Goodreads” link will get you one click closer to that purchase page. 😉