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 from seanrwdougall.com 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 seanrwdougall.com to purchase an item, the reader buys the item from the seller directly (not from seanrwdougall.com). Amazon and/or other companies pay seanrwdougall.com 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. Education affiliate links.
seanrwdougall.com is a participant in Affiliate Education Programmes, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to affiliate properties including, but not limited to wealthyaffiliate.com and elitemarketingpro. These offer a small commission on products sold through their affiliate links.
If a blogger links to an affiliate product (with a special code for affiliates embedded in the link) and a reader places an item in their “shopping cart” through that link, the blogger gets a small percentage of the sale. Affiliate links are not “pay per click.” If you click on the product link and purchase something, I will get commission on that sale.
Anytime you see a link that looks like anyoldstore.com, it can be assumed that it is an 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.