What Does May Contain Affiliated Links Mean?
If you’ve been roaming around the internet for a while you have probably seen the terms, “may contain affiliate links”. What does that mean?
Being already tight on finances you are concerned that this is going to cost you money.
Well, for starters, let me say, relax. Let me explain what this means in terms both you and I can understand.
What’s The Catch?
None. None to you at all.
Why Do Bloggers Use Affiliated Links Anyways?
Let’s back up just briefly for a sec.
You come to my blog site and others because you want to read what we have to say. That’s great! In fact, that is why us bloggers write—to help you. Bloggers are passionate, caring people who’s heart’s desire is to help you. Whether that be to:
- better organize your finances
- redecorate your living room
- cook a new meal
- clean a toilet
- stretch your grocery dollars further, while putting more food on your table,
- the help Bloggers want to share is endless
(Barry wants to point out that not all Bloggers are acting honorably and wanting your best interests. So you do need to develop a trusting relationship and discern the truth and value of information a Blogger is sharing.)
But blogging on the internet, whether full or part time, costs money. There are expenses to the Blogger.
Bloggers are business people. Which means, we have costs in order to bring our messages of hope and empowerment to you.
Just as important as it is to bloggers to bring our messages for a better future, we also care about your finances. We are striving to help you, not financially hurt you.
So, we Bloggers are left with a dilemma. How to raise funds to pay for:
- our website names
- the hosting platform where we virtually operate our website from
- any technical assistance we may need to hire
- blog design packages we pay for, so our sites are pretty and easy for you roam around. So you can find what you are looking for easily.
One way to cover costs of maintaining and bringing our websites of empowerment and hope to you is to use “affiliate links”
An Affiliate Link Is…
Briefly, an affiliate link is a business arrangement between the Blogger and another business. Simply that is all that it is – a business arrangement between 2 businesses.
There is absolutely NO COST TO YOU.
Bloggers Share The Great Deals They’ve Found
However, you’ve seen that Bloggers, have links to outside resources, products, or other websites, that we feel to be useful to you. Remember, for the biggest part, the majority of Bloggers are honest people just wanting to share with you, friend to friend.
Maybe, I’ve just shared my Chocolate Chip Bar Cookie recipe with you. I mentioned Krisda Semi-sweet Stevia Chocolate Chips. But you’ve never heard of that product. You’d like to know more.
Well, it is a little difficult to just ring me up on the phone to ask me, so, I, thinking of you, have made the answer easy. I will add the link to a website or a store location where you are able to find this product.
You will know when an item is containing a link, because the wording is usually a different color, sometimes blue and maybe underlined. Such as: Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies.
When you click on that link, you will be just transported (yes, like “beam me up” transported) to another spot within my own website to that recipe.
However, there are times when links like this will take you to another website or company to view a product such as the Krisda Stevia Chocolate Chips.
More About That Business to Blogger Arrangement
As a Blogger having discovered a product or service that has made our personal lives better, and knowing it will help you too, we want to share it with you. Remember, friend to friend, I want to tell you about the deal I found.
But back to those blog business expenses again.
Bloggers approach these various businesses and make arrangements. The Blogger agrees to share their honest assessment of a product or service, and the business agrees to pay the Blogger a small commission.
However, that commission is paid to the Blogger only if a reader, you, clicks through and purchases something from that business.
Now, let me be fully clear, there is no extra charge to you at all!
You pay for the item the same amount as if you had found it on your own, or through your favorite Blogger. No difference.
In fact, there may be times, when the Blogger has actually worked an arrangement with the business to give you a better deal or price reduction. Remember, Bloggers are out here trying to find you the best deals!
Affiliate Links Support Your Favorite Bloggers
So you come back time and again to a favorite Blogger or two or more. They have the tips and ideas that you have learned to trust because you’ve tried them and they’ve worked for you too. You’ve developed a friendship, a relationship with that Blogger.
Now, the Blogger has been telling you about something else that they have discovered. The Blogger has been using a product and service and they love it! They want to share this knowledge and deal with you. So they’ve set up a link in their website so you can access this same product or service.
But, wait, what is all this other legal sounding wording?
Wording such as:
- Affiliate Statement: FTC Disclosure of Material connection: In order for us to maintain this website, some of the links in the post below are affiliate links. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally &/or believe will add value to readers. Check our our full Affiliate Link Policy for more information.
- Yes, one of the following links is an affiliate link source, and if you click through and decide to make a purchase, I will be paid a commission, at NO COST TO YOU, but that is not why I’m recommending it. I’m recommending this resource because for me—it helped!! And as the blogging world loves to share—I’m sharing with you!
- This post may contain affiliate links
- In accordance to the FTC, I am declaring an affiliate link
or any other such type statements.
You hesitate and ask yourself:
- What does that mean?
- If I click on that, what am I getting myself into?
- Is this going to cost me?
- What is the deal?
All this legal wording is so the Blogger can obey internet laws. The Blogger is under both a legal, moral, and ethical responsibilty to you, the reader, and the internet authorities to be representing businesses and products in a proper manner.
What Does This Mean For You, The Reader?
At the end of the day, the words, “may contain affiliated links”, means that your trusted Blogger friend is sharing a deal with you. And by spreading the word about that deal to all of you, the readers, the business offering the deal, pays the Blogger a small commission.
You get the deal that your trusted friend, the Blogger, has made you aware of.
It is a WIN-WIN-WIN situation for
- your Blogger friend,
- and the business selling their product or service.
You Help Your Friend, The Blogger
By clicking on affiliate links provided by Bloggers you trust and follow, you are showing your support for that Blogger. As well, you are just buying items that you are already using and buying anyways.
And you can do so with confidence that by clicking on that affiliate link, and purchasing something, you have provided a source of income for your Blogger friend.
This allows your Blogger friend to continue to financially support their website. So they can continue to bring you the great articles, stories, printables, and other valuable resources that you’ve come to love. Those items that keep you coming back time after time to their website.
The next time you see the terms “may contain affiliate links”, check it over. Don’t be afraid to see if your Blogger friend has found that item or deal that you have been searching for. And at no additional cost you, help supply an income that keeps your Blogger friend on the “airwaves”.
May Contain Affiliate Links means, your Blogger friend has found you a deal, and you have an opportunity to EMPOWER your Blogger friend. So, smile, and click that button and see what the deal is.