Some of the links on this site are affiliate links. If you click on those links, and then make a purchase, I will receive a commission.
Why do I have affiliate links, why does it matter, and how are you handling things on your website?
1. Why do I have affiliate links?
There are certain products and services which I use and know can help grow your income. These are products which I would recommend even if they didn’t pay me – simply because I know they’ll help you, my reader and (past, present future) client.
However it’s bad business to leave money on the table. If I’m going to recommend something that I know will help you, why shouldn’t I also receive a commission? As long as I’m ethically disclosing, there’s no reason! And you should too – point 3 covers this in more detail.
2. Why does it matter?
First of all by law, as a U.S. based business, the FTC requires I disclose affiliate relationships. However I am not based in the U.S. (I live in the UK) butI believe ethically it is the right thing to do. If it really bothers you that I would receive a commission you could choose not to use my link and simply Google for the service instead.
Second, if a recommendation you read here is part or all of the reason you make a purchase, and you are NOT satisfied then let me know. I will do what I can to help make it right.
3. How are you handling affiliate links?
Do you even have affiliate links? If not, why not? I’m sure there are at least a handful of products, services or people which you regularly recommend. There is nothing wrong at all with receiving a commission for promoting a quality product or service.
If you do not use an affiliate link when making the recommendation you are leaving money on the table. Generally entrepreneurs are seeking more ways to build their revenue stream, and this is one way. Don’t get crazy with links everywhere (then your website becomes SPAM), however if it makes sense, share it.
If you are based in the U.S. it is the law, regulated by the F.T.C., to disclose that relationship. Earnings disclosures in the UK are advisable and in some contexts a legal requirement, and whilst I can’t comment on the legality in other countries, ethically I would respectfully suggest, you should disclose.
Robin J Emdon
Owner of RobinJEmdon.com