So, as I listened to the latest Roll For Initiative Podcast - yes, the one I was a guest on - I heard Vince talk about podcasts that shill their Amazon webstore, and what point does it become too much?
I've had Amazon ads at The Tavern off and on, and in truth, they really haven't been the most effective. Not sure why, as Amazon is THE online retailer, but I have my suspicions.
I suspect many folks think you need to purchase one of the highlighted product to help the podcast / blog / whatever, but it isn't the case. Just like RPGNow referral sales, just going through the link and making any purchase kicks back to the site.
Now, as many of you know (and many others probably don't) most of the monies from Patreon and RPGNow referral sales get kicked back to the community at large. About 30-40% (the numbers change monthly) of the Patreon monies received in support of The Tavern go right back to supporting other Patreons. Random giveaways (especially of RPGNow GCs) have been a Tavern hallmark, and there should be one or two coming up before the month is out. The rotating Tavern banners highlighting different artists in our community? Some were donated, some were purchased. There's a little over $1,100 in art for your enjoyment in that rotation and I'm always looking to add more. We're sponsoring a room for The Tavern's community, bloggers and podcasters at NTRPG Con 2016- that was $600. This all couldn't have happened without the generosity of all of you, and I thank you.
Of course, there's always more that could be done ;)
In any case, I've put up a link to Amazon on the right side of this page. If you can think of nothing else to support with your Amazon purchases (I support St Jude's, which is way more worthy than The Tavern) please consider using the link provided. It's an easy way to support The Tavern doing something you're probably already doing.