Stacey Carroll and Amazon Affiliates
It's important to note that almost every book link, electronics gizmo, coffee mugs and other products listed on this site is a link directly to Amazon from the Amazon Affiliates Program. This means that you will be taken to amazon upon clicking the link, and you will be able to purchase that book or another book or item directly from the Amazon website. If you are unfamiliar with the Amazon affiliate program or any other affiliate program, it also means that staceycarroll.org earns a very small commission from those suggested purchases. This feature is partially how we keep this site operational. To ensure these links are relevent with the textual content that is on this site, I try to choose items that would be beneficial, useful or otherwise interesting to writers.
Becoming an Amazon Affiliate
If you've read a little bit on book marketing and earning money as an author, you know that many articles, blog posts and informative texts recommend using affiliate links in order to increase your earnings as an author and an online marketer. The Amazon Affiliate Program is free to join. However, you will need a bank account if you want to get paid. When you first join, you will have to make X number of sales within 6 months. You will also have to maintain some sales in order to stay in the program. If you ever fail to make sales, Amazon will discontinue your account. However, you are free to reapply at any time. If you ever have to reapply to the program, you should know that Amazon does not save your previous information, you will have to enter all your information is if you are a brand new affiliate.
FCC Requirements to Stay Compliant (Legal Stuff)
This is recommended by Amazon in order to stay compliant with the FCC rules and regulations for Advertisements.
Any time you share an affiliate link, it’s important to disclose that to your audience. They will trust you more if you are transparent about where you are directing them and why. To meet the Associate Program's requirements, you must (1) include a legally compliant disclosure with your links and (2) identify yourself on your Site as an Amazon Associate with the language required by the Operating Agreement.
To comply with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations, your link-level disclosure must be:
1. Clear. A clear disclosure could be as simple as “(paid link)”, “#ad” or “#CommissionsEarned”.
2. Conspicuous. It should be placed near any affiliate link or product review in a location that customers will notice easily. They shouldn’t have to hunt for it.
Since this is only a partial list, it's recommended to also view https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/ftcs-endorsement-guides-what-people-are-asking#affiliate.