As early as December 2009, the FTC released guidelines that require any affiliate who promotes products to clearly disclose the fact that they receive compensation for doing so. So, yes, you do need one. It is the law.

However, policing and enforcing this law is obviously an issue, so you probably don’t have much to fear if you don’t have one. However, I believe it is better to be transparent and honest. There are creative ways to include disclosures and I don’t think customers with whom you have built up a trusting relationship will have any issues about you receiving some compensation for your efforts.

This tutorial includes:
What is an affiliate disclosure?
What should it look like?
Where should it be placed?
Sample disclosures
How do you include it?



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johnwnewman Premium
Thanks Erica! Nicely done :-)
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Ericabried Premium
Thanks John!
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GeoffGS Premium
I'm not sure why anyone would have a problem with a site owner making money. They worked for it, and it wasn't free to build in most circumstances. I think people just want to know where their money is going. Geoff
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Ericabried Premium
I don't think people have a problem with it and we should be able to disclose with confidence.
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GeoffGS Premium
:)
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fmusiol Premium
Thank you for this important information
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Ericabried Premium
It's a pleasure!
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Josh From Oz Premium
Thanks. I believe this should be in the main training as it is a serious problem
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Ericabried Premium
Hi Josh,
People do seem to take it rather lightly, considering it is the law.
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Josh From Oz Premium
Especially if your affiliate program is harsh as well. Amazon close accounts down all the time for stuff like this. It may take a year, 5 years, 10 years, but they will catch them. Most new people are unaware too.
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Andrew-74 Premium
Hi Erica. Thank you for providing this useful training. I really need to take a look at this. In fact I think a lot of people do! I don't see many websites openly displaying the affiliate disclosure.
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Ericabried Premium
Yes, Andrew, I still can't believe how many sites do not seem to openly display a disclosure.
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Andrew-74 Premium
Thanks, I will get onto this!
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