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:
Some of the links on treksplorer.com 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 treksplorer.com to purchase an item, the reader buys the item from the seller directly (not from Treksplorer). Amazon and/or other companies pay Treksplorer 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.
You will not pay more by clicking through to the link.
I use two main types of affiliate programs:
1. Amazon Affiliate Links
Treksplorer 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.com, amazon.ca, amazon.co.uk, amazon.fr, amazon.de, amazon.br, amazon.es. 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 “amazon.com/…” 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 I will get a percentage of the sale or some other type of compensation. Things like hotels, guesthouses, tours etc. are usually affiliate links, also. 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.”
List of companies with which I have an affiliate relationship
- Booking.com: Hotels, guesthouses, apartments
- Agoda: Hotels, guesthouses, apartments
- Viator: City tours, airport transfers, other transportation
- Expedia: Hotels, guesthouse, apartments, flights
I do not feature sponsored posts on Treksplorer. If a post is sponsored by a company, I will clearly disclose this in the beginning of the post.
As for my social media pages where I use Amazon & other affiliate links for recommendations, I will include a link to this post or place “(affiliate link)” in the post.