When you review or recommend a product as an affiliate, is it a requirement or good practice to add a disclaimer? I mean, telling your readers that you have an affiliate interest in the product you are recommending.

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gappleby Premium
It is a requirement in the US. It doesn't have to be written is daunting legalese, though, IMO.
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chuka Premium
Thank you that. I appreciate your response.
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cooldad Premium
Just be honest when you recommend something. If you provide good value to your visitors, you've done a great job and you deserve the affiliate commission. For me personally, it's obvious that I'm on an affiliate website if someone's recommending a product.
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chuka Premium
Yes, Cooldad, thank you. Integrity is important.
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Bigbroian Premium
I go with my own experience with a product/service. If it is all it claims to be, and I have had the same experience, I will rave about the product, but will temper that rave with an of the downside notes I've accumulated. Honesty is the best. Let others know how you feel about the subject - good and bad - and they can judge for themselves, while you are showing integrity and knowledge.
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chuka Premium
Many thanks Bigbroian for sharing your experience.
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theresroth Premium
Thinking about how to answer that one, but I'm not sure myself.....
I think I've seen affiliates describing how they themselves are benefitting from using a product themselves, telling about the positive experience and providing the link, and not much more....
But do get some additional input.....
Cheers
Therese
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chuka Premium
Thanks Therese. I wanted to be sure what the requirements are before I start reviewing products even though my natural inclination would have been to declare my interest.
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theresroth Premium
Good example for me......!:-)
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MKearns Premium
Great point. The objective here is to establish credibility and trust and nip any doubt in the bud ahead of time.
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chuka Premium
Thank you Mike. I wondered about that because I've come across many affiliate recommendations without mentioning their interest in either the review or recommendation.
I wanted to start with best practice. Thanks
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