What Is An Affiliate Disclosure Page

What is an affiliate disclosure page is today’s topic, you need to create this page as well. This is a law to inform your readers you are an affiliate, you will create this just like your policy page. If you missed my last article, I am including the link to the page below.  Why this matters is a mystery to everyone, but this is something you must have to be legal.

How To Write Your Private Policy Page

 

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In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released its new rules for Disclosure ComplianceThese 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. Be my guest to read my affiliate disclosure page if you desire, I am an honest person with nothing to hide.

Prices are exactly the same for you if your purchase is through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link. You will not pay more by clicking through to the link.

What Is An Affiliate

For anyone brand new to affiliate marketing, you have the right to sign up with companies to earn a commission. The earnings vary for each program, Basically, you are promoting products for them, and if anyone purchased from you a small commission is earned. Below I have shared a template for you to use, and you create your page just like your privacy policy page.

Affiliate Disclosure Template

In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released its new rules for Disclosure ComplianceThese 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, please assume the following about links and posts on this site: Any/all of the links Your Website.com are affiliate links of 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 .com to purchase an item, the reader buys the item from the seller directly (not from Your Website.com. Amazon and/or other companies pay Your Website.com a small commission or other compensation for promoting their website or products through their affiliate program.

Prices are exactly the same for you if your purchase is through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link. You will not pay more by clicking through to the link.

I use two main types of affiliate programs:

1. Amazon affiliate links.

Your Website.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 a 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 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. 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 at the beginning of the post.

By reading the template you will understand much better, so I suggest you read this before creating your page. As you can see at the top of my article paragraph, you will want to post something similar with a link to your affiliate page. You also can read the Federal Trade Commission with the link I provided, so now you understand this more clearly.

 

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Affiliate Disclaimer Tips

As you can see, I add mine at the top of each of my posts. Even though you will experience very few in my articles, I do this to protect myself. My way is not the only way, you have other options that I will provide below.

  • Place an affiliate disclosure as near to your affiliate links as possible, so I post mine at the top of my page for everyone to see it before reading my article.
  • Explain you earn a commission from any purchases, I also am sure to inform my readers they are not paying more by purchasing from me.
  • I would insert a link to your affiliate disclosure page as well, so your readers have access to all the information that is involved.
  • Bloggers are allowed to post as I do at the top of their article, but you also can insert it near your affiliate link instead. If you wish to be super safe, you are able to do both.
  • If you post near your affiliate link, you need to be sure it is above the link you are promoting

I advise you not to post your affiliate link solely on your sidebar, you will find this could get you into problems. People could claim they never seen it, and by law, you need this in every article you publish.

Ad Inserter Plugin

There is a WordPress plugin you can use, so by using this you don’t have to copy and paste in every article. Even though I don’t use this myself, I have received high recommendations from other bloggers. I just copy and paste mine in each article, but this is an alternative method you can consider.

  • Insert ad codes at specific places
  • Google Adsense
  • Google ad manager
  • Amazon shopping ads
  • Info links
  • Rotating banners

This is the alternative to inserting by hand, but it only takes a few minutes to copy and paste without using this plugin. For those of you who prefer learning more, you can go directly to WordPress.org.

Step-By-Step Ad Inserter Plugin

I thought since I mentioned this plugin, you might be interested in how it actually works? You can read my step-by-step how to install and use it, so if this interests you keep reading to learn more.

  1. Go to your dashboard, you want to go to plugins, add new.
  2. Type in the search box, ad inserter.
  3. Be sure to check if it is compatible with your theme
  4. If so, you just click on activate.

 

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Ready To Set Up Ad Inserter?

Once you activate this plugin, you are ready to set it up. That is what I am going to help you with next, so let us get this set up for you right now.

  1. Go to plugins, Ad Inserter Settings
  2. Now you will be taken to a screen with a black box
  3. The black box will be named Block 1
  4. Copy and paste your affiliate disclosure at the top of this box

 

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Below the text, you will see an automation insertion box. You will want to switch this to Before Content, so by doing this it will appear right above the content of your articles.

 

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You have successfully set up the Ad Inserter plugin, but remember to save or you will have to do this all over again. There is an option to turn this off as well, so if you don’t want this on every article you can do this. I just post my affiliate disclosure on every post I write, but if you are not inserting any affiliate links you do have this option.

Turning Off Ad Inserter

I suppose some of you might not want this on every post, so we are going to learn how to accomplish this.

  1. You will need to go back onto your settings page
  2. Now you want to be back on your disclosure black box page
  3. Just click on lists and scroll down
  4. You are able to blacklist and whitelist your articles here
  5. By adding posts to your blacklist, you will not see them on those posts.
  6. You will want to add posts to whichever list, so remember blacklists will remove your affiliate disclosure. While your whitelist will add your disclosure to your articles.

Now you know how to use the Ad Inserter plugin, so you can automate the process or copy and paste as I do. As you will notice I have not inserted any affiliate links in this article, but I still have inserted my affiliate disclosure at the top of my page. I do this out of habit, so for me, this is something that I feel is a safety precaution to avoid getting into any trouble.

Ad Inserter Alternatives

Even though this is highly recommended, you might experience that this plugin is not compatible with your theme? I thought if this is the case I have left you lost, so I could not end my article like this. You can find some alternatives to this plugin, and I have listed some of them for you.

  • Advance ads
  • Ads by WP QUADS
  • Easy AdSense ads
  • Ads for WP
  • Super cool ad inserter plugin
  • WP ad guru
  • Insertify
  • Simple post inserter

With these alternatives, you should be covered. I do suggest you go with Ad Inserter if possible, you already know how to set it up by referring back to this article.

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One More Thing You Should Know

You have the option to display your affiliate disclosure on your menu, I prefer to do this for the convenience of my readers. I want them to know I am an honest blogger, so I make this accessible on my menu. You can choose not to add this to your menu, but you do have to provide a link to the page. I just thought I would mention this option, you might have not been aware this was possible?

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