Ecommerce Sprout is one of the oldest and largest free ecommerce resource sites on the internet. A common question we often get asked is why do you offer everything for free? And, it is usually followed up by how do you make money?
We earn referral fees when you use our affiliate links to purchase from companies/advertisers that we recommend on this site.
This is known as affiliate marketing, which is a marketing arrangement that pays a commission to a website for referrals. In fact, the biggest brands on the internet all offer referral programs (e.g. Amazon, eBay, and Expedia). Even some of your favorite sites use referral marketing to pay the bills associated with running a website (hosting, marketing, staff, content, etc.).
We have always believed that being honest and transparent about our business practices with our audience. In our opinion, that is the only reputable way to build a community. Running a popular website like Ecommerce Sprout that helps millions of users every month requires a large investment, both on the server infrastructure part as well as on the content creation part. Our team creates and maintains hundreds of free ecommerce tutorials that you can use for your business.
Question #1 – Will It Cost Me More Money?
No, absolutely not. In most cases, our deals will save you money. Because Ecommerce Sprout is an authority website, a lot of vendors offer our readers exclusive discounts.
Question #2 – Do You See My Personal Details?
No. We do not see any of your personal information – e.g. name, address, phone number, email, credit card, etc.
For instance, we usually see that an anonymous user spent an x amount of dollars, the date and time purchase was made, and which hosting plan (or whatever other service) was bought.
Note: We would never recommend you to a product or service that we would not use ourselves. Our Editorial Team spends hundreds of hours per month testing various ecommerce products. Our reviews, comparisons, and recommendations are written by our editorial team and not influenced by referrals.
If you do not believe in affiliate links or think that they taint our reviews and recommendations, you do not have to use our links.
From all of us here at Ecommerce Sprout, we appreciate your continued support.