I thought it wise to let you guys know about our policy with affiliate links.
Our forum rules are that you are not allowed to use an affiliate link or link to products
or a website until you have reached a minimum of 20 posts
Whilst we are not (yet at least) going to stop affiliate links in posts when you reach 20 posts, we are going to insist you mention they are affiliate links if you are going to use this.
This is in line with the new FTC rules which require you to disclose to anyone if you are making (or may make) a commission based on a recommendation you make.
Here is a post that discusses that.
People come to this forum for advice, information, and in some cases recommendation. By including the fact that you may make an affiliate commission on a particular link will make it a totally transparent place and ensure the visitor is "fully informed".
We are affiliate marketers as well and no real issue with affiliate links provided full disclosure is made.
We will unfortunately have to delete posts that fail to honor this and possibly ban the user account. I hope it won't come to that. All you need to do is disclose affiliate links when they are used, no more, no less.
NOTE: We are talking about "in post" and "in your signature block" affiliate and other inks here.
Here is an example of a post we made that clearly discloses an affiliate link, so we would be looking for something along those lines. A reader would be clear that the poster was making a potential commission if the link was clicked.
If you have any questions, please reply here and we'll answer them.
Tim & Anthony