Affiliate Disclosure


In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released their 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 blogger/presenter is sponsored, endorsed, or partnered with a different company. In blog terms, the readers need to know if the blogger is making money by sharing a link or product.

In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links and posts on this site:

Any/all of the links may be affiliate links from which we receive a small commission from sales of certain items, at no additional cost to you.

What are affiliate links?

Affiliate links are a type of advertising which allows website owners to offer relevant products and services to users of their sites. Revenue earned through affiliate links makes it possible for the website to remain online and offer new, original content.

Purchase transactions made through affiliate links are carried out on external affiliated company websites: When a reader clicks on an affiliate link located on to purchase an item, the reader buys the item from the seller directly (not from Amazon and/or other companies pay a small commission or other compensation for promoting their website or products through their affiliate program.

Prices are exactly the same for you whether your purchase is through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link.

Clicking an affiliate link creates no additional cost to you, but it does help me keep this site going by providing revenue to pay for the site software, hosting and other costs. 

I use two main types of affiliate programs:

1. Amazon affiliate links. 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 Amazon properties including, but not limited to, Amazon offers a small commission on products sold through their affiliate links. Each of your purchases via our Amazon affiliation links supports our cause at no additional cost to you.

If a blogger links to an Amazon product (with a special code for affiliates embedded in the link), and a reader places an item in their “shopping cart” through that link within 24 hours of clicking the link, the blogger gets a small percentage of the sale. Amazon links are not “pay per click.” If you click on the product link and stay around Amazon and purchase something else, however, I will get commission on that sale.

Anytime you see a link that looks like… or… or… you can assume that it is an Amazon affiliate link.

2. Product affiliate links. 
These affiliate links work the same way: if you click the link and buy the product, then the gets a small percentage of the sale or other type of compensation at no additional cost to you. Things like e-book bundles, e-courses, and online packages are usually affiliate links.

What about sponsored content? does not published sponsored content.

We have made every effort to display as accurately as possible the colors and images of products that appear on our site. We cannot guarantee that your computer monitor’s display of any color will be accurate.

We reserve the right to discontinue promoting any product at any time. Any offer for any product or service made on this site is void where prohibited.

We do not warrant that the quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you will meet your expectations or perform as promised.

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