This is the time of year for HDSLR gear shopping and gift giving (tho my mother-in-law would say every day is a time for shopping but that's a whole other story) and we've got a great section of planet5D that should help you with that – planet5D review. We'd also like to ask for your continued support by using the planet5D review site as your year round HDSLR camera and accessory store. When you go to the planet5D review site and find a product you're interested in and then click the button to buy the product, planet5D will get a small portion of the sale back from the vendor as a thank you for bringing you to them and it doesn't cost you anything extra (other than a click or two).
I know many sites these days are affiliate sites – including some of the top HDSLR sites – and I strongly urge you to buy your gear thru any of them (of course, we'd appreciate it if you picked us). It really doesn't add anything to the cost of your purchase and indeed, we get a bit of support back from the vendors. If you favor one of the other HDSLR bloggers, then please take a moment and go to their site before you go shopping for HDSLR products or surf thru planet5D review to find that perfect gift for a loved one. If you aren't aware of some of the others, here's a quick list:
- Vincent Laforet's Gear Guide
- Philip Bloom's gear guide
- Stu's ProLost store
- B&H HDSLR gear guide (planet5D affiliate code)
It seems like a pledge drive for your local public television station, but we do need your support please! If you don't buy thru the planet5D review site, please use one of the links above and support your favorite HDSLR blog!
We do get revenue from our advertisers, but the additional income coming from affiliate sales does indeed help feed and clothe my children! If you want to know exactly how these ‘affiliates' work, read the section below.
New links in the blog header
And, to make it even easier, we've added links in the blog header (way up there at the top where nobody ever looks ). While you're reading the blog and suddenly remember you wanted to buy something, the links are right there – just pick your favorite vendor and you're there!
Updates to planet5D review
Back in February, we announced the planet5D consumer HDSLR review site and gave away an Apple iPad to one lucky reviewer. Since then, we've made a few changes to the site and we're continuing to add additional products (you may see us announce those on twitter – so you should be following planetMitch).
We've added a WordPress plugin that brings in some additional reviews and information directly from Amazon and we've made it a bit more clear that the top section is a product description and the consumer reviews come after that. Using this plugin helps provide consumer reviews for new products we're listing so it doesn't seem quite so confusing at first (when we used to post a product and there'd be no reviews). There's still the ability for you to add your own product review – that's why it is a “consumer review” site – it helps buyers get real life input from prior buyers of the products.
Sections of the planet5D review site
How does an affiliate get income?
Sometimes I get questions about exactly how being an affiliate works so let me run you thru the process – maybe that will make it more appealing and less scary.
Then, we get an affiliate code – our Amazon affiliate code is “saouri-20” (I wish it was plane5d-20 but that's an id I had from a long time ago) and on a url, you'll see the code embedded like this “http://amazon.com/productnumber?&tag=saouri-20”. Clicking a link like that would tell the Amazon site that you came from planet5D and that if you buy something we should get the credit.
After you get to the vendor's site, you'll likely not find the affiliate ID in the URL any more… that's because they put a cookie on your computer with that information and will use that cookie in place of the ID on the URL – however, (and this can get a little messy) the cookie only is “fresh” for a limited time. After it expires, if you purchase something on the vendor's site, planet5D won't get any credit for the purchase (because the cookie is gone and they've lost our tracking ID).
In Amazon's case, the cookies expire after one day!
Yep, we only get 1 day for you to buy that product… after that, the cookie is gone and we get nothing. SO, while you were thinking about the purchase, if you wait too long, the vendors decide that they don't need to remember that we sent you to them. So please come back and go thru the process if you wait longer than a day to buy. Some vendors have the cookies live for 7 or 30 days – it depends on how generous they are.
Also, how much the vendor gives us can depend on whether you go to their site thru a generic link like this one: Amazon – or if you go a specific product link like this: Canon EOS 5D Mark II. We get more for targeted product links – which is why you see them all over planet5D.
We get a page to go see what income we're getting, but we don't get to see how many clicks there have been or what products you may have had in the shopping cart. After 30-60 days we'll get a payment. They wait just in case there are returns… so it may take a while for us to get any income from your purchase, but we will get it – AND WE DO APPRECIATE IT!
This is a footer we've started adding to some of our posts to (hopefully) remind you that your purchase will help planet5D… so please remember to go thru these links or search for a product on the planet5D review site before you buy?
Please support planet5D by using these links before buying absolutely anything (software, cameras, equipment, diapers – ANYTHING) – it adds no cost!
We love to bring you guys the best HDSLR info on the planet. It will help us to keep doing that if we have your continued support. And, if you buy something from our advertisers, please let them know you follow planet5D.
(Photo credit: snap from me)