Advertising Policies

Advertising & Affiliate Policies

Paris Discovery Guide is an independent website.  That means we are not part of a government tourist office, travel agency, cruise company, or anything other travel-related business.  We do not accept payment, either direct or indirect, for the content that we write and publish, nor do we charge you a subscription or membership fee of any sort to access it.  We have sole control over the editorial content included on the site.  

Paris Discovery Guide covers its expenses through advertising and affiliate relationships.  For example, we affiliate with Google to provides ads ("Adsense"), and in return they provide a share of their advertising to us when an ad is clicked.  As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.  In addition, other affiliate relationships compensate Paris Discovery Guide with a small commission if you purchase or sign up their products after clicking on links in texts or images on the pages.  This is how we are able to provide all the free content on this website, and continue adding to it.  

There are 3 important things to know:

  • These ads and affiliate relationships do not bias or influence what we write or publish.
  • You do not pay any additional fees if you click on affiliate links and then buy or sign up for something - you'll pay the same or even less than if you purchased or signed on through PDG's affiliates directly.
  • In some cases, Paris Discovery Guide is able to offer special discounts when you buy through our pages.  This is because the affiliate company doesn't have to pay for advertising - so they share part of their savings with you by providing a discount as an incentive to purchase through a site where they do not have to pay advertising fees.

In the case of Google Adsense, Google selects the ads they show, so if you see an ad related to a topic that we've written about, its content reflects their ad placement choice, not ours.  They show different ads in different locations, so we don't see the same ads that you do .

In addition to Adsense, you may see other ads on the website. Several are for affiliates, such as Amazon,, and Get Your Guide.We do our best to make sure that ads look like ads, and won't be mistaken for content.  You may also see links to our affiliates, as well as to companies that are not affiliates.  We decline paid endorsements, as well as ads from companies that don't meet our quality criteria.  We also decline all requests to publish promotional content written by others on the site.  We do not sell links.

We choose affiliates such as, ClassicTic,, and Get Your Guide because we believe they deliver excellent value.  In fact, most are companies we use ourselves when we travel - usually after a lot of initial research to figure out which is the best. 

For example, whenever we book tours in France or in other countries, we book tours through Get Your Guide and Viator because they work with only the best tours in each location - we've always had positive experiences with them, and believe that you will too.  We book hotels through and  We book concert and other event tickets through ClassicTic and Viagogo.  We shop for travel guide books as well as many other travel-related items through Amazon.

We list the companies with which Paris Discovery Guide currently has an affiliate relationship at the bottom of this page.  We also include links on the website to many attractions, businesses, and organizations with which Paris Discovery Guide does not have an affiliate relationship. 

These are Paris Discovery Guide's main affiliate partners:

  • Amazon - Competitive prices, excellent selection, and sometimes free shipping. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to  As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.
  • - Posters and prints of Paris
  • - Excellent selection of accommodations, often at discount prices
  • ClassicTic - Excellent selection of tickets for classical music concerts
  • Get Your Guide - Tours to interesting places with top-notch guides and transportation
  • Google Adsense - Advertisements
  • - Excellent selection of accommodations, often at discount prices
  • - Excellent selection of travel packages and accommodations, often at discount prices
  • TripAdvisor - Good source of hotel reviews by visitors
  • Viagogo - Excellent selection of tickets for rock, jazz, popular, and other music concerts and top sports events
  • Viator - Tours to interesting places with top-notch guides and transportation

We occasionally add other affiliates for short periods of time, especially when they offer discounts of interest to site visitors, and we're always on the lookout for other high-quality advertising and affiliates that will give you good discounts or convenience.  We also drop affiliates if they no longer provide good value.

Please note that we do not accept direct advertising on  

Thank you for visiting Paris Discovery Guide - and enjoy your trip to Paris!

Susan's signature

Publisher, Paris Discovery Guide

Top photo:  Lion sculpture on fountain dating back to mid-1800s in front of Church of Saint-Sulplice in the 6th Arrondissement in Paris

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