FTC Disclosure Compliance Rules
In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released its new rules for Disclosure Compliance.
These rules are set in place to ensure that web media readers or viewers are aware if the blogger or publisher is sponsored, endorsed, or partnered with a different company. The readers need to know if the content publisher is making money by sharing a link or product.
In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links and posts on this site:
Any/all of the links on Brinknotes.com are affiliate links for which I receive a small compensation from sales of certain items.
What Are Affiliate Links?
Purchases are made on external affiliate company websites: when a reader clicks on an affiliate link located on Brinknotes.com to purchase an item, the reader buys the item from the seller directly (not from Brinknotes).
Amazon and/or other companies pay Brinknotes a small commission or other compensation for helping to bring customers to their website.
Prices are exactly the same for readers whether they purchase is through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link. Clicking an affiliate link and clicking a non-affiliate link does not change the price or anything else for the visitor.
Brinknotes.com uses two main types of affiliate programs:
1. Amazon affiliate links
Brinknotes.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for website owners to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites and other websites that may be affiliated with Amazon Service LLC Associates Program.
2. Product affiliate links
If you click a product affiliate link and buy the product, then I will get a percentage of the sale or some other type of compensation.
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.” We have opted for different affiliate programs like Amazon associates, ShareaSale, Web Hosting, and some private networks.
What about sponsored content?
Usually, we do not write sponsored posts. My goal is to provide genuine, unbiased information.
Nevertheless, if a company wants to publish sponsored content on Brinknotes, I will clearly disclose this at the beginning of the post.
In the end, I only recommend products that I use myself or would recommend to family and friends.
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