There’s this thing called the Federal Trade Commission. It has a Bureau of Consumer Protection that looks out for buyers (you) by requiring the disclosure of any relationship that exists between a publisher (me) and the companies I recommend. Here is the full PDF from the FTC.
That’s why you see the word (affiliate) next to some of the links on my website, and other websites as well. It denotes that we, as publishers, are getting a kickback if you purchase that company’s product via our affiliate link. I try to label partner links as clearly as possible, but sometimes that can’t happen, like with social media links or something. It is safe to assume any link to a third party product is an affiliate one.
I only recommend products I believe in. Therefore, when I find a great product I immediately sign up as an affiliate. I figure if I am going to refer it anyway, I should get credit for the referral. It’s the same kind of deal you probably have with your television or Internet company, where the company offers you $50 or something when you refer friends.
You get the benefit of a great product at no extra cost to you. I get a referral fee which helps compensate me for the free information I provide via this website.
I also give the opportunity for others to promote me with an affiliate – so I pay you for your referrals. Read more about my affiliate program here.