Work From Home Watchdog is entirely reader-supported. This means that any income generated from affiliate commissions contributes to all costs associated with the running of this website. This includes services costs, research costs, and content creation costs. Without this income, this website would not exist.
Affiliate marketing and the law
In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released its new rules for Disclosure Compliance. These rules are set in place to ensure that readers or viewers of web media (blogs, Youtube videos, etc.) know if the content creator is sponsored, endorsed, or partnered with a different company. In website terms, the readers need to know if the content creator is making money by sharing a link or product.
In compliance with the FTC guidelines, some but not all links to external websites on workfromhomewatchdog.com may be affiliate links.
What exactly are affiliate links?
When a reader clicks on an affiliate link located on workfromhomewatchdog.com and purchases an item, the company providing the item/service will pay workfromhomewatchdog.com a small commission or other compensation for recommending their website or products.
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 purchasing through an affiliate link on workfromhomewatchdog.com.
We use two main types of affiliate programs:
1. Amazon affiliate links
workfromhomewatchdog.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for websites 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 its affiliate links. Each of your purchases via our Amazon affiliation links supports our cause at no additional cost to you.
If we link to an Amazon product (with a special code for affiliates embedded in the link), and one of our readers places an item in their “shopping cart” through that link and makes a purchase within 24 hours of clicking the link, we receive a small percentage of the sale in the form of a commission payment. Amazon links are not “pay per click.” If you click on the product link and stay around Amazon and purchase something else, however, we will get a commission on that sale.
2. Product affiliate links
These affiliate links work the same way. If you click the link and buy the product, we get a percentage of the sale or some other type of compensation/commission. Things like e-book bundles, e-courses, and online packages are typically affiliate links, as well. Again, prices are not different if you use these affiliate links. You will not pay more by clicking through the link. These links are not “pay per click” unless otherwise denoted.
What about sponsored content?
We do not write sponsored posts. We want to bring you real, unbiased information. However, if a post is sponsored by a company and it is a paid sponsorship, it will be disclosed clearly at the beginning of the post.
This is a ‘no paid ad’ environment
At workfromhomewatchdog.com, we believe in being open and honest about products or services that we recommend to our visitors. Although paid ads (in the form of randomly placed and unrelated ads) are a source of income for website owners, we believe this can distract and often mislead a reader. As a result, we do not use paid ads on this website.