If you’ve visited PacificCitizen.org in the last few weeks, you might have noticed ads for products sold by Amazon.com embedded into many stories. The ads are for products that you might already shop for, like Japanese foods.
Those ads represent the “soft launch” of the Amazon Associates program with the Pacific Citizen. This program is a way for the P.C. to earn some extra money from readers who shop online using Amazon.com.
With JACL’s thousands of members nationwide, we here at the Pacific Citizen figured that there must be a sizable number in that group who use Amazon.com frequently for their e-commerce needs — and for those who feel inclined to support the Pacific Citizen’s mission, it’s an easy way to buy what you want and help the P.C. earn a little extra money.
The way it works: When you visit PacificCitizen.org and click on an Amazon.com ad, a “cookie” or bit of code is put into your browser for 24 hours. If within those 24 hours you purchase the advertised item — or any item sold on Amazon.com — that cookie allows the P.C. to get a small percentage of the sale.
If you frequent Amazon.com — maybe you’re an Amazon Prime customer — and happen to be inclined to help the Pacific Citizen, we ask that you first visit PacificCitizen.org and click on an Amazon.com ad like the one below our nameplate. Then, when you do your shopping on Amazon.com within that 24-hour period, the Pacific Citizen will eventually get a small part of that sale deposited directly into our checking account.
In other words, you get what you want, and we get what we need. And if you’re not an Amazon.com customer, this is a good opportunity to give it a try — instead of driving to a grocery store and lugging home a 15-pound sack of rice up a flight of stairs, you can have it delivered to your doorstep. Not bad!
In the coming months, we’ll be rolling out some other innovations on PacificCitizen.org to better serve our far-flung JACLers.
In the meantime, though, visit PacificCitizen.org — and start clicking!