Affiliate link disclosure is a hotly debated topic. Well now it looks like the FTC is planning to regulate disclosure, as well as false or exaggerated claims.
FTC plans to monitor blogs for claims, payments – Washington Post
“New guidelines, expected to be approved late this summer with possible modifications, would clarify that the agency can go after bloggers — as well as the companies that compensate them — for any false claims or failure to disclose conflicts of interest.”
Conflict of interest as explained in the Post story includes payment, gifts and even freebies given in exchange for a blog post, recommendation or review. The article is focused primarily on blogs but I assume sites would be held accountable too.
So like it or not, it looks like affiliate links are going to need to be disclosed.
Today Brian Clark at CopyBlogger wrote a dynamite post about how to turn ugly link disclosures into an actual selling benefit. It’s a excellent read filled with info you’ll need to deal with the upcoming FTC guidelines.
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