I see on so many sites i look at that they have their Privacy Policy and Affiliate disclosures shown as a pop-up as soon as you enter the site.

At a rough guess, I'm sure I could probably make something of the sort using my pop up Plugin. But just thought i'd ask advice on here and howyou guys go about doing yours.

Right now, my privacy Policy and Affiliate Disclosure re only really seen if anyone happens to click the link leading to them, although these links ARE well displayed.

But i'd like to take it up a notch into the modern age. lolz

Any sugestions would be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Karalyne

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JeannineC Premium
OMG, a pop-up would definitely not be FTC compliant! Don't do that!

They also shouldn't just be a link to another page. An affiliate disclosure must appear at the top of any post containing an affiliate link. It can't be in the sidebar, it can't be in the footer, and it can't be on another page.
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richardgb Premium
Hi Jeannine
I've been trying to find useful words from the FTC that precisely say what the rules are for affiliate disclosures. The FTC make searching for information extremely difficult. Do you have any idea where anyone can find the lowdown for this, please?
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JeannineC Premium
You'll never find a specific list of instructions from the FTC. There are simply too many variables to do that. Instead you'll get their guidelines which have been doled out in various places. I've gotten my information from FTC webinars and former FTC lawyers.
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richardgb Premium
Thanks for the feedback, Jeannine.

Herein lies the problem... if the FTC is unable to communicate what they expect in a clear and concise way then they really cannot expect people to understand clearly and concisely.

The Plain English Campaign has been around since 1979. It has slowly made a difference to many legal and official papers... obviously not the FTC yet. We really shouldn't need to got o third party interpreters for clarity.
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JeannineC Premium
You do need to understand the literally millions of ways that information is presented on the internet. If it is spelled out the way you suggest, then there will always be people who try to get away with stuff under the excuse of "you never specifically said we couldn't do this." I've seen it a million times over my last 22 years in affiliate marketing.

If there was only one way to post, only one blog template, official rules about how each post is constructed, etc., then what you suggest is possible. But in the real world, it isn't.
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richardgb Premium
Sorry Jeannine ... it looks as if you're suggesting that providing unclear, inaccurate information is a good thing for rules (in this case. points of law).

In practice, the way in which the FTC choose to communicate so imprecisely is just as likely to be the cause of people being able to use the excuse that you quote.

I'll assume that I haven't understood your point and that my interpretation is not what you really meant.
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JeannineC Premium
It is easier to give general guidelines than specifics which could have more holes. Follow the general guidelines and you'll be okay. Violate the general guidelines and you're putting yourself and your merchant in danger. That's pretty clear. Period.
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Nuggetz Premium
Thanks Jeannie. I think I was confused with something else. My affiliate discolsure is where ist should be and always has been.
I was thinking of the Cookie Policy Pop ups that you see on many sites that give you the option of "Accept Cookies" and "Other options".
I realise that this is something else now and not just a pop up version of the affiliate disclosure. But thanks for your useful info here.
Ka
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JeannineC Premium
Ah, that makes sense. Yes, that is something else, and is actually involves things like GDPR and CCPA rather than the FTC. Alphabet soup!
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I wonder if that's legal. What if somebody is using a pop-up blocker? You would need to ensure they were still visible elsewhere.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Really great point.
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Nuggetz Premium
Indeed. One I hadnt previously thought of. Yet, this is how most sites operate nowadays. Not the way we build it as a separate page. Most have button that sayss "Allow Cookies" or something similar and some have a cookie management option.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Possibly a pop up maker plugin or a site within an iframe
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Triblu Premium
Hey Karalyne,

Personally, I prefer the less invasive page link to my privacy policy in my footer, along with the disclaimers I have on my MMO sites.

Any short notices, I also have placed in a footer note, in order to make my site totally transparent.

Popups tend to be seen as being invasive and I don't want to offend my visitors.

Tried a popup page when visitors would try leaving any of my review pages, and I ended up losing a LOT of visitors. My bounce rate has dropped drastically since removing that popup.

It's a very tiny balancing act to see which works best, and for me, links to pages works best.

My affiliate links all have the following:
(my affiliate link)
right after or above a major link to make certain my site's visitors understands they would be clicking on a link that I might receive money for.

Hope you find this helpful.
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Nuggetz Premium
Yeah, I have to agree with you on that one. Personally, I also find them very invasive. Especially the pop ups that get right in your face when you're right in the middle of something and ask for a rating. Yeah. Lowest possible rate just for that pop up.
But its more something thats been bothering me for ages as to how most people go about this, and i ask cos ive seen it on many WA sites whilst doing Site Feedback or Commets. so i know theres people on here know what im talking about.
They usually make you click an "Accept cookies" button to get rid of it.
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Triblu Premium
Oh.... that is a legal thing Karalyne, and it's a GDPR requirement.

Here's Kyle's take on this issue: And, if you would like to learn more about it, you can search WA for GDPR. See screen print below...
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richardgb Premium
Hi Karalyne
Is it possible you're referring to a Cookie consent form ... which is often set up to provide a link to all the sites Privacy and Disclosure policies?

I use the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin for this. There are various possible plugins for this purpose.

Be careful with affiliate disclosures though... we are obliged to show the affiliate disclosure somewhere close to an affiliate link.
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Richard
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Nuggetz Premium
Yes, thats exactly what I mean Richard. Thanks
I was beginning to wonder why people were talking like i'd just come up with a new idea in my head when ive blatantly seen these on half the sites ive reviewed on WA...lol.
Yeah. But doesnt that include your whole both Privacy Policy and Affiliate Disclosure in the small print of the said box. Otherwise, i'm at a loss as to the purpose of this thing (which i persoanllly find to be "in yer face" if you know what I mean) but was just curious as it seems to be a growing thing with most new websites.
Thanks
Karalyne
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richardgb Premium
Cookie consent law has evolved over time and is especially important in Europe. Under EU and UK law a visitor to a site has to be given the opportunity to explicitly accept or reject cookies.
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Richard
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