In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released their new rules for Disclosure Compliance. These rules are in place to make sure that readers and viewers of web media (blogs, YouTube videos, etc.) are aware if the blogger/presenter is sponsored, funded, or linked with a third party. The readers of a blog want to know if the blogger is making money by posting a link or a product.
Please assume the following about links and content on this site. In accordance with FTC guidelines Any/all of the links on pcmecca.com are affiliate links. Which means I get a little commission if you buy something.
What are affiliate links?
When a reader clicks on an affiliate link to a website to purchase something, they buy it straight from the website. Amazon and other companies pay PCmecca.com for promoting their websites or products via their affiliate programs.
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.
pcmecca.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.Its an 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.