In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission published new rules for Disclosure Compliance. These rules were created so that viewers of websites and other internet media are aware that the publisher of the media (i.e., blogger, youtube videographer, etc.) may be sponsored by a company. Therefore blog readers should know that as an affiliate the blogger is earning revenue by sharing product links.
To comply with the rules set by the FTC, readers should assume that links and posts on puzzlepacs.com are affiliate links of which I may receive a small compensation from sales of certain items.
When a purchase is made on a third party website, i.e., Amazon and the reader buys the item from a link that was clicked on puzzlepacs.com, the site visitor purchaes directly from the seller and not from puzzlepacs.com. Amazon or other companies that have affiliate programs associated with puzzlepacs.com pay fees to puzzlepacs for promoting their products via their affiliate programs.
The purchaser does not pay more for the item for using the puzzlepac’s affiliate link – the product will be the same cost to the buyer as it would be had they not used puzzlepac’s link to the product’s page.
I use two main types of affiliate programs:
1. Amazon affiliate links.
Puzzlepacs.com participates in Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which is an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for blogs and websites to earn advertising fees by promoting and linking to Amazon properties including, but not limited to, amazon.com and amazon.ca.
Amazon offers a small commission on items sold through these affiliate links. Each of your purchases via our Amazon affiliation links supports our cause at no additional cost to you.
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 amzn.to/… or amazon.com… it can be assumed that it is an Amazon affiliate link.
2. Product affiliate links.
Product affiliate links work the same was as Amazon affiliate link in ttha tif you click a link in a blog post and buy the product, the blogger will receive a small percentage of the sale or another type of commission. Products such as courses, ebook bundles and other products are usually affiliate links. Prices are the same for the consumer as they would be had they not clicked on the blog link, and the consumer will not pay more using that blog link. The links are not ‘pay per click’ unless otherwise disclosed.
What about sponsored content?
If i write a post that is sponsored by an outside party I will clearly disclose that fact at the start of the post. Usually, however, my posts are unsponsored and written wholly by bloggers at puzzlepacs.com.