Disclosure: Wololo.net is now part of the Humble Bundle Partner program
I’m excited to say that as of earlier this month, Wololo.net is part of the Humble Bundle partner program. What this means is that moving forward, when I promote the Humble Bundle deals here on wololo.net, or on our twitter account, if you purchase the Humble Bundle games from my links, you don’t pay anything extra but have a choice to give us a percentage of the sale.
I’ve been a huge fan of the Humble Bundle concept since its very early days (half of my steam library was purchased on humble bundle), and have been promoting their stuff for a while here on the blog, long before they had an affiliate program.
I think the humble bundle is an awesome concept and I would still promote it even if I was not part of the partner program. That being said, joining their affiliates program gives me additional incentive to look into their bundles more closely, and promote them more efficiently when they are relevant to this community (they almost always are: We’re gamers and I’m sure we all love deals).
I recently tweeted about the awesome Humble 2K Playstation Bundle that is going on right now (and yes, that link right here is an affiliate link, so are the other humble bundle links in this article). This bundle gives you access to $408 worth of PS Vita, PS3, and PS4 games, for the price of your choice. I pinned that tweet on my twitter page to give it even more visibility.
Some people called me out for that tweet, because I did not disclose I was an affiliate.
I totally agree. It was a bad move on my end, and I should have made it clear from the start that I recently became an affiliate. I tricked myself into believing I had a good reason due to the 140 characters limitation on Twitter, but that’s just a lame excuse.
I should have disclosed I was an affiliate, in particular because I was not one before and had been promoting the humble bundle for years, so this was misleading. Especially because the humble bundle partner program is fairly new. I think everyone’s aware nowadays that when a website shares an Amazon link, they do not do this out of the kindness of their heart to help Amazon’s business. Those are 99% of the time affiliate links. For Humble Bundle, it’s less obvious today due to how new the program is, also there might be a stigma attached to it due to the charity support (more on that below).
I’ve corrected this, on the twitter links as well as here on the site. As always, such criticism is important and very welcome.
But what if I want to contribute more to the charity? Aren’t you taking money away from them?
Now, some of you might not like the idea that a part of your money goes to wololo.net when you buy the Humble Bundle through our links.
For example a very vocal critic on twitter claimed that by promoting the humble bundle and getting compensated for it, I am taking some of the charity’s slice of the pie. I strongly disagree with that statement, and my humble bundle “partner dashboard” has data confirming that this person is wrong. Their overly simplistic opinion shows a lack of basic understanding of why Humble Bundle chose to have this affiliate program in the first place.
Initially this article was a long rant about how this person’s argument was dead wrong. But instead I feel that the only constructive answer is to show everyone what they can do if they’d rather see more of their money go to charity on Humble Bundle.
So, If you’d rather give more to charities and less to me when you buy the humble bundle from my links, you can do something about it! There’s an option in the humble bundle to change how much of your money goes where:
If you go to the Humble Bundle page and scroll down to the payment method selection, there is a “choose where you money goes” option just above the payment method. Clicking on it will show the following sliders:
Each one of these sliders lets you give more or less money to the different parties involved in the sale: the game creators (in this case “2K Games”), the charity (in this case “Covenant House”), Humble Bundle, and the affiliate (in this case, “WololoNet”).
If you want more of your money to go to the charity for example, and less to go to the affiliate (me), you can slide the affiliate’s slider down to 0!
I also want to emphasize that partners (such as me) do not choose how much goes where by default, this is set up by Humble Bundle, to the best of my knowledge.
With all of that being said, the Humble 2K Playstation Bundle is still going on. It gives you $408 worth of PS Vita, PS3, and PS4 games for a very good price (pay what you want for a subset of the games, above the average – currently about $6.5 – for more games, and $20+ to also get XCom 2 for the PS4, which currently retails for about $27+).
And yes, it supports charity. And it supports wololo.net too, but that’s totally up to you.