Bermudaonion shared a list of things she is going to do to improve the feeling of community among book bloggers. One of her ideas was "When I purchase something from amazon, Barnes & Noble, or an indie bookstore, I will try to find a blogger who is an associate of that site and go through them."
I really like that idea. I purchase quite a few items (mostly books) online and instead of just going directly to the store I would be happy to go through an associate first so that person gets some benefit from my purchase. But if this is going to work for me I need a list of people who are associates close at hand. When I'm ready to make a purchase I don't want to search all over the net in hopes of finding a store associate.
A few days ago I was on someone's blog who mentioned The Book Depository. That was a store new to me. Luckily she provided a link to their site and I bought a book. I was happy that that store associate would get a little kick back from my purchase. I have since become an associate for The Book Depository myself. I'm also an associate for amazon.com. The problem is I cannot buy through my own links so when I do buy books nobody gets a kickback.
In view of this I decided to start a new blog, Polka dot com, that would serve as a directory for online store associates. Let's say you are a store associate for an online store and you'd like to increase your sales. You can get your blog and store listed.
The best part is for those who want to purchase online. They can quickly find an associate, no hunting for one or keeping a paper list, and they can make that purchase through a store affiliate. It doesn't cost the costumer any more money, but it does help out a fellow blogger.
Polka dot com is just a baby and it won't be extremely helpful to shoppers until it grows some. It's entirely free of charge to get your name included or to use, but it will take some help from those who visit here to join and use the site. I hope you'll stop buy Polka dot com and see what you think. If you are a store associate/affiliate I hope it will help boost your income and if you shop on the internet I hope you will stop and shop through one of the associates you find there. Feel free to spread the word. Remember I won't be making money on this enterprise, UNLESS someone clicks on my name as an associate and then buys through one of my shops. The same holds true for anyone who joins and is a store associate.
The shopping categories include apparel, books, electronics, jewely, house & garden, music, and toys. I may include others if there is enough interest.