In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released their new rules for Disclosure Compliance. These rules are set in place to ensure that readers or viewers of web media (blogs, Youtube videos, etc.) know if the blogger/presenter is sponsored, endorsed, or partnered with a different company. In blog terms, the readers need to know if the blogger is making money by sharing a link or product.

In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links and posts on this site: Any/all of the links are affiliate links of which I receive a small compensation from sales of certain items.

What are affiliate links?

Purchases are made on external affiliate company websites: When a reader clicks on an affiliate link located on .com to purchase an item, the reader buys the item from the seller directly (not from Amazon and/or other companies pay a small commission or other compensation for promoting their website or products through their affiliate program.

Prices are exactly the same for you if your purchase is through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link. You will not pay more by clicking through to the link. 

I use two main types of affiliate programs:

1. Amazon affiliate links. 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 Amazon properties including, but not limited to, Amazon offers a small commission on products sold through their affiliate links.

If a blogger links to an Amazon product (with a special code for affiliates embedded in the link), and a reader places an item in their “shopping cart” through that link within 24 hours of clicking the link, the blogger gets a small percentage of the sale. Amazon links are not “pay per click.” If you click on the product link and stay around Amazon and purchase something else, however, I will get commission on that sale.

Anytime you see a link that looks like… or… it can be assumed that it is an Amazon affiliate link.

2. Product affiliate links.

These affiliate links work the same way: if you click the link and buy the product, then the blogger gets a percentage of the sale or some other type of compensation. Things like e-book bundles, e-courses, and online packages are usually affiliate links, as well. Again, prices are not different if you use these affiliate links. You will not pay more by clicking through to the link. These links are not “pay per click”, unless otherwise denoted.

What about sponsored content?

I do not write sponsored posts. I want to bring you real, unbiased information. However, if a post is sponsored by a company and it is a paid sponsorship, I will disclose this clearly in the beginning of the post.

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  1. I’ve read that affiliate links are really helpful. That they really help one earn extra income as well as helping the business market itself. This reminds me of the stock market because some people don’t like one but the other. However, they both contain similarities. It is both market related and involves revenue! I used amazon affiliate in the past and it was awesome because I knew people who would always shop there. Unfortunately, I stopped; no reason related to them of course. 

  2. Hi Hector

    Thank you for letting us know your affiliate disclosure, as this will give confidence on the honesty of you as a person. You are trying to make a honest living and by telling us how you do it is pleasing to see. Affiliate disclosures are good because it tell us our rights under the law without being hoodwinked MN

    Thank you


  3. Thanks for this really short and educational post. I have often come across some site where they don’t state if they are affiliate links on the site and some times people just click on those links. In relation to someone who own a new blog page, if he gets involved in sharing affiliate links, how would he get paid when a purchase is made?

  4. Excellent article,marketing links are useful to earn commission whenever a buyer clicked and buy through the link, I know affiliate marketing is the best way to earn money online,at least getting a percentage of the selling price without producing any product, truly its amazing program,your article is educative, thank you for sharing.

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