The Federal Trade Commission issued new disclosure compliance guidelines in 2015. These principles inform readers and viewers of web media (blogs, YouTube videos, etc.) if the blogger/presenter is sponsored, paid, or linked with another company.
The readers of a blog want to know if the blogger makes money by posting a link or a product. Please assume the following about links and articles on this site under FTC guidelines: Any/all of the links on Reviewed4Me.com are affiliate links, which means I get a small commission on specific things sold.
What Are Affiliate Links?
Reviewed4Me.com receives a small fee or other income from Amazon and/or other companies for promoting their website or items through their affiliate program. Purchases are made on the websites of external associate companies: Readers buy items directly from sellers when they click on affiliate links (not from Reviewed4Me.com). I use two sorts of Affiliate programs:
1. Amazon Affiliate Links: Reviewed4Me.com is a participant of the Amazon Services LLC Associates Network, an affiliate advertising program that allows sites to earn advertising revenue by recommending Amazon properties like amazon.com. Affiliate links earn Amazon a tiny commission.
A blogger receives a small percentage of a transaction if a reader adds Amazon goods to their “shopping basket” within 24 hours of clicking the link. Amazon affiliate links are not “pay per click.” However, if you click on the product link and then continue shopping on Amazon, I will receive a commission on that purchase. When you see a link that looks like amazon.com, click on it. It is safe to infer that this is an Amazon affiliate link.
2. Product Affiliate Links: These affiliate links function similarly: if you click the link and purchase the goods, the blogger receives a share of the sale or revenue. E-book bundles, e-courses, and online packages are all examples of affiliate links. Again, there is no difference in price if you use these affiliate links. Unless otherwise stated, these links are not “pay per click.”
Prices are exactly the same for you if your purchase is through an affiliate or non-affiliate link. By following the link, you will not pay more.
What About Sponsored Content?
I don’t do sponsored content. I want to provide you with accurate, unbiased information. However, if an article is sponsored by a firm and is a paid sponsorship, I will clearly state this at the start of the piece.