‘Affiliates’ Category

New FTC Guidelines for Bloggers, Others

December 1st, 2009

Today — December 1 —  new Federal Trade Commission guidelines for endorsements and testimonials went into effect — guidelines that apply to bloggers and others who endorse products and get paid for it, ie through affiliate links.  The guidelines are broad but it’s basically all about disclosure and being honest. While officially you should seek your own counsel, here is a link that lists a variety of reactions and opinions to the guidelines. Our opinion — and it’s just an non-legal opinion of course — is that if you practice disclosure and you’re honest about why you are recommending a product, you won’t be a target.  See our Disclosure Statement in our “About” Page.

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Amazon Offering Up to 15% Commission on Black Friday Sale

November 20th, 2009

Amazon is reminding its Associates (aka affiliates) to link to its Black Friday deals and earn up to 15% . An important reminder: Don’t forget to take down the links after the sale ends.

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Amazon Changes Affiliate Program; Will No Longer Pay Fee on Paid Search Traffic

April 6th, 2009

Amazon has announced they will “no longer pay referral fees to Associates who send users to www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca or www.endless.com through keyword bidding and other paid search on Google, Yahoo, MSN, and other search engines, and their extended search networks.” This will affect those affiliates who have carved out a business by simply buying keywords and sending the clicks directly to Amazon. This is not surprising. We don’t think Amazon was particularly thrilled with this angle. The affiliates here were basically competing against Amazon; by placing a keyword bid higher than Amazon, you got the traffic instead of Amazon. So their thinking undoubtedly was: Why should we pay you a fee for outbidding us? Loophole closed. For further info, you can go to Amazon here.

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Bloggers, Others Could Be Sued Under New Regulations

April 3rd, 2009

The Financial Times is reporting:

Revised guidelines on endorsements and testimonials by the Federal Trade Commission, now under review and expected to be adopted, would hold companies liable for untruthful statements made by bloggers and users of social networking sites who receive samples of their products.”

“If a blogger received a free sample of skin lotion and then incorrectly claimed the product cured eczema, the FTC could sue the company for making false or unsubstantiated statements. The blogger could be sued for making false representations.”

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How to Jumpstart Your Internet Income, Immediately

March 24th, 2009

Hey everyone: I’ve been asked to post about my experience with Clickbank and Commission Blueprint, although I don’t have a writer logon yet.  They just wanted me to write this asap:

I have two internet stores and a blog, slowly building my income — but that did me no good under the circumstances a while back.  My wife – and my bank account –said: “That’s all well-and-good baby, but we need money now.” The question was — and I know it’s a question many of you have  –is: HOW DO I MAKE THE MOST MONEY I CAN NOW, QUICKLY, AT THIS MOMENT?” Here is the answer I found:

Statistically, the highest single-transaction-way to make money is to be an affiliate on Clickbank (or CJ, but I’ll write about that later). On Clickbank you can get $20.00 commission on a single order. Some products offer $30.00 or more PER TRANSACTION. So, bottomline, the fastest way to maximize income online is to be an expert with Clickbank. AND the winners are the ones who have the edge — the knowledge of how to implement the most-profitable campaigns.

I found the best source for this edge: Commission Blueprint, it’s hands down the best.  I disagree with them about web page know-how — maybe later — there’s no time for that now. After you have learned the mastery of Commission Blueprint, you can go to places like  ipowerweb to create the sites/pages that you need (easy stuff). Also if you need a tutorial on Adwords here’s the  best book (a great Dummies book).  But for now check out Commission Blueprint and get started! It’s the fastest way to fill your bank account. (They talk about how they made $109,151 in 30 days days off just one Clickbank product.)

Daniel Coldren

Contributor, Rich Dog Millionaire.com

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Taxman Cometh Part II

March 20th, 2009

As we reported here, several states — including New York — have been passing legislation to increase taxes on internet-based sales. California is one of these states with pending bills. You can get additional info on the CA proposed taxes at these two links:

http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a14/News_Room/Press/
20090202AD14PR01.aspx

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html

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Ouch! The Taxman Cometh (CORRECTION)

March 7th, 2009

If several states have their way, the tax law will be changing: “Hawaii has joined California, Connecticut, Minnesota and Tennessee in introducing state legislation that, like a New York state law enacted last year, requires Amazon.com Inc. and other online retailers to process sales tax on orders received through many affiliate web sites.” In the past, the general case law was that a state could only collect taxes on sales from companies that had a physical presence in their state. Now, even if, say Amazon, doesn’t have any offices or other facilities in New York, that state can still tax orders received/referred from affiliates who are based in the state.   The full story is here.

CORRECTION: The original post here said affiliates themselves would now be taxed. We have corrected the error. Affiliates, of course, already pay taxes on the commissions they receive. It will be interesting to see to what extent affiliate marketing is or is not affected, as states begin to tax these orders.

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