Let’s Talk About Affiliate Stuff
Recently, the Federal Trade Commission released some new rules about their Disclosure Compliance Policy. These new rules are set in place to ensure that readers or viewers of the interwebs like blogs, Youtube videos, etc know if the blogger/vlogger is sponsored, endorsed, or partnered with a different company.
Basically, all this means is that the reader needs to know if the blogger is making money when they link to a product.
At the moment, it is important for me to make some sort of income through this blog. Writing content, making videos, and researching about topics takes up a lot of time! So considering that I work a full-time job AND am a student trying to finish my school work, making a few bucks just makes sense to keep things going. Plain and simple.
I want you to know how I use affiliate links and sponsored items here on Holistic Health Herbalist. So, whaddya say? Are you ready for the scoop?
First and foremost, I would never endorse a product or service that I would not purchase myself. I only share resources that I have personal experience with and can, therefore, recommend without reservation. No exceptions. If it sucks, I won’t sell it!
Now I want to explain about the use of affiliate links on Holistic Health Herbalist. What are affiliate links? I use four main types of affiliate programs on my blog:
1. Amazon Affiliate Links
Amazon.com offers a very small commission on products sold through their affiliate links. Prices are exactly the same for you if your purchase through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link. If I link to Amazon with a special code embedded in the link and a reader purchases an item through that link, then I get a small percentage of the sale. It has no effect on you whatsoever.
Amazon links are not “pay per click.” So that means I don’t get anything if you click on the link. 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 http://amzn.to/.…. it’s an Amazon affiliate link. You will see these frequently if you follow me and other bloggers on our Facebook pages. And if a link in a blog takes you to a page on Amazon, you can be PRETTY sure that it is an affiliate link for that blogger.
2. E-book and Product affiliate links
If I share a product through an affiliate link it must be high quality. Recommendations for these products are based on my knowledge of the item, my knowledge of the author’s expertise and track record, and the value for the item.
These affiliate links work the same way: if you click the link and buy the product, then I get a percentage of the sale. E-book bundles and e-course promotions are usually affiliate links.
Again, prices are not different if you use these affiliate links. You will not pay more by clicking through the link. These links are not “pay per click.”
3. Amazon Store
Shopping in Things I Love means that I will get a small commission if you choose to purchase one of my presented products. Also, if you click on one of these products, ANY purchase you make using Amazon in the next 24 hours will give me a small commission. This is true of ALL Amazon affiliate links (this includes presenting free kindle books too) whether they are presented on Facebook, a blog article, or on that blog’s amazon store page (just like this one).
Having this store is just a nice way to share my favorite products while making a few dollars in the process. I’m always so thankful when anyone contributes to keeping my little corner of the interwebs going =) So thank you!
I will do giveaways every now and then with Amazon products. In these cases, I am paying for the prize out of my own pocket and don’t make me any money at all.
Sometimes the giveaways are sponsored through the Village Green Network, a bog network with which I am involved. The new FTC rules mean that I will clearly state in these giveaways that I’m being paid to give the product away.
Thank you so much for your continued support of Holistic Health Herbalist!