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Should I Use an Affiliate Disclaimer in a Post on Medium?

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Authenticity and honesty are the way to go

On Quora, I got asked:

Should I use an affiliate disclaimer in a post on medium.com?

That’s an easy one.

YES! 100%.

The idea behind affiliate marketing is pretty simple

You promote another creator’s service and get paid a commission for doing so.

I recently attended a webinar hosted by Patt Flynn.

Patt is a famous Smart Passive Income blogger and entrepreneur.

He shared that if you want to add up to $500 per month to your business, you should explore promoting products and services you don’t own.

“(…) that’s the average that I see people who do take action get”, Patt shared in the webinar.

Here’s what you must do according to the FTC Guidelines (I’m not a lawyer):

  • Disclose the affiliate relationship that you have with the creator you’re promoting
  • Add a note that it’s an affiliate link you’re sharing!

Authenticity and honesty are the way to go

Here’s what Medium says:

“You must disclose affiliate links. Affiliate links, such as link out to Amazon with your code, or any other link out where you will receive a commission or other value, are allowed in posts. But, you must disclose somewhere in the post that it includes affiliate links. If you have received payment, goods or services, or something else of value in exchange for writing a post, you must still disclose this fact in writing within your post.”

Keep in mind: affiliate marketing content is not allowed!

Learn from my mistakes

Let me give you an example.

The creator I supported reached out to me to help gain more paying customers for a course I found valuable

This person made it super easy to simply copy and paste text snippets and create a blog post from it.

I chose to create my own story around the course this person wanted to sell.

Although I added my own spin to it, I made a huge mistake.

I didn’t properly disclose the affiliate relationship.

Additional income is right there, we just don’t know it

If you become a connector and recommend products that aren’t yours when creating content online you can earn a commission.

Where to start?

Think about the tools you’re using, such as Canva for creating images.

Almost all tools offer affiliate programs.

Here are 8 examples for Medium writers:

– Jasper AI Affiliate Program

– Fiverr Affiliates

– MarketMuse Affiliate Program

– Ezoic Affiliate Program

– Surfer SEO Affiliate Program

– Frase AI Affiliate Program

– Grammarly Affiliate Program

– Canva Affiliate Program

Any experiences or questions about affiliate marketing? Leave a comment!

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