In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released their new rules

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 are affiliate links of which I receive a small compensation from sales of certain items.

What are affiliate links?

Purchases are made on external affiliate company websites: When a reader clicks on an affiliate link located on .com 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 if your purchase is through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link. You will not pay more by clicking through to the link.

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… it can be assumed 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 blogger gets a percentage of the sale or some other type of compensation. Things like e-book bundles, e-courses, and online packages are usually affiliate links, as well. Again, prices are not different if you use these affiliate links. You will not pay more by clicking through to the link. These links are not “pay per click”, unless otherwise denoted.

What about sponsored content?

I do not write sponsored posts. I want to bring you real, unbiased information. However, if a post is sponsored by a company and it is a paid sponsorship, I will disclose this clearly in the beginning of the post.

5 Replies to “In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released their new rules”

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog. Very thorough and informative, providing beautiful photos and lots of good information about the various beaches in the San Diego area. Gives someone new to the area a good idea of what they will find when they take the time to travel these spots. And each is enticing for its own splendor.

    1. Thank you for visiting Sandi! It is a work in progress, and I appreciate your insight as that is what I am trying to accomplish! Please check back from time to time as I will be adding more and more content!

  2. Hi Colleen. Thanks for showing images and content about the beaches around San Diego. A place I always wanted to visit which I will someday soon. For what I heard it’s 17 miles of coastline. I imagine you never get bored, but something I don.t but the beach here in Dublin, Ireland is never as good.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Micheal! I have always wanted to go to Ireland! We might be going to London in December for my daughter to perform in the London Day Parade. We will be heading over to Edinborough, Scotland as well. Have you ever been? Do you have any suggestions on some cool coastlines to check out while there? Yes, 70 miles of coastline should keep me quite busy!

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