What is the Amazon Affiliate Disclosure that I should use?

Section 5 of the Operating Agreement for Amazon Associates states you need to identify yourself as an Associate. Here is a standard disclaimer that is common:

“[Insert your website name] is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to [insert the applicable site name (amazon.com or whatever)].” (source: Section 5)

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It’s best to display this text on every page that may have an affiliate link. You can include the text in the footer or the sidebar for example. I put it at the top of any post with an affiliate link so there is no confusion — after all, not everyone reads all the way to the footer.

If you’re in the US and need to follow FTC rules, it’s best to say something like, “I make a commission if you use that affiliate link…” You should do that because not everyone knows what an affiliate link is. (I know it seems crazy to us since we’re geeking out on the affiliate marketing!)

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About the author: Doug Cunnington is the founder of Niche Site Project. He shows people how to create Affiliate Sites using project management and a proven, repeatable framework. Doug loves creating systems, using templates, and brewing beer (but usually not at the same time).

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