You may have noticed that late this past week I started adding an affiliate link disclosure on all posts that include affiliate links. The disclosure looks like this:
This post contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a (very) small commission if you click a link and purchase something. While we wish these commissions were enough to send us on monthly shopping trips to Paris, they’re really how we pay the fees to keep this site up and running. Thanks so much for your support!
The rules on what bloggers need to disclose in a post is ever-changing. Whether or not to disclose the use of affiliate links has always been a gray area, although recent FTC guidelines indicate that it is a blogger’s responsibility to let readers know whenever they receive any type of benefit from a post. Hence the disclosure that will now be at the bottom of any post containing affiliate links.
I touched on this a couple of years ago, but the main source of revenue for Fantabulously Frugal is through affiliate links. The way an affiliate link works is that I enter into relationships with retail companies wherein they agree to pay me a small comission anytime someone clicks a link on this site and makes a purchase. The average percentage made from each affiliate link is somewhere between 1-5%. We’re certainly not making enough from this site to get rich, but I do use the money made to do things like pay for dedicated hosting, URLs, the email newsletter, writers, and subscription boxes to review, among the many other fees that arise from running a website.
While you may or may not be shocked to see how often the affiliate link disclosure appears on this site from here on out, I’d like to stress that our first concern is – and has always been – content. The fact of the matter is that this is a shopping blog. Pretty much every retailer under the sun has an affiliate program, so we can receive a commission for nearly everything we write about. However, whether or not a site has an affiliate program has never influenced whether we will or will not write about something and that policy is unlikely to ever change.
I’m an open book about affiliate links and whatnot, so please let me know if you have any questions!