I Am An Affiliate
You see, once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away… in 2015 to be exact, 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, I always write a disclosure close to any links on this site that are affiliate links.
What are affiliate links?
They are links to purchase products on external affiliate company websites: When a reader clicks on an affiliate link located on MyHomeBrewedCoffee.com to purchase an item, the reader buys the item from the seller directly (not from MyHomeBrewedCoffee.com). Amazon and/or other companies pay MyHomeBrewedCoffee.com a small commission or other compensation for promoting their website or products through their affiliate program.
Here’s Danny’s disclaimer: The prices are exactly the same for you if your purchase is through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link… or possibly less expensive if you use my links! You will never pay more by clicking through my links. This is great for both of us, because you get directly linked with what you’re interested in buying, and it helps my business. It’s a win-win situation, and I greatly appreciate it when you visit the links if you’re considering buying the products!
Please do not be nervous about clicking through to the links in my articles/blog posts as it is the same you would get in a search from that site; it just gives me a commission from sales. Again, I am so grateful if you support my blog in this manner 🙂
I use two main types of affiliate programs:
1. Amazon affiliate links.
MyHomeBrewedCoffee.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon properties including, but not limited to, amazon.com. Amazon offers a small commission on products sold through their affiliate links.
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 astore.com/… or amazon.com… it can be assumed that it is an Amazon 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.