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Affiliate Associations

In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released its new rules for Disclosure Compliance. Further, these rules ensure that web media readers or viewers (blogs, Youtube videos, etc.) know if the blogger is sponsored, endorsed, or partnered with a different company. However, the readers need to know if the blogger is making money by sharing a link or product in blog terms.

Furthermore, please assume the following links and posts on this site: (Any/all links) outdoorpatiomisters.com are affiliate links. For this reason, I receive a small compensation from sales of certain items.

What are affiliate links?

Also, you can make purchases on external affiliate company websites. Just click on a link located on  ____dot.com to make a purchase.  Essentially the link will allow you to buy the item from the seller directly on outdoorpatiomisters.com.  Then, Amazon and other companies pay outdoorpatiomisters.com a small commission for promoting their website or products through their affiliate program.

Furthermore, prices are the same for you if your purchase is through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link. Again, you will not pay more by clicking through to the link.

In effect, I use two main types of affiliate programs:

1. Amazon affiliate links.

Outdoorpatiomisters.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. Essentially, Amazon offers a small commission on products sold through its affiliate links. 

An example is a blogger links to an Amazon product (with a unique code).  Then if you place an item in the “shopping cart” through that link, the blogger gets a % of the sale. However, Amazon links are not “pay per click.” If you click on the product link and stay on Amazon and purchase something else, I will get a percentage of that sale.

Anytime you see a link that looks like storename.com or amazon.com,  you can assume it’s an Amazon affiliate link.

2. Product affiliate links

These affiliate links work the same way: if you click the link and buy the product, 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 affiliated 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. If a company supports a post and it is a paid sponsorship, I will disclose this clearly at the beginning of the post.] I want to bring you factual, unbiased information