The Federal Trade Commission has excellent rules to ensure "truth in advertising" so that consumers are made aware of affiliate partnerships and business owners don't make false claims about products or services. And that's a GOOD thing! If you'd like to learn more about how the FTC regulates online affiliate disclosures, your can read about them here. In the meantime, I'm going to give you an overview of Points of Origin's affiliate partnerships and what you can expect when you click on product links on this website.
What's an Affiliate Link?
An affiliate link is a special URL (link) that allows an advertiser to link to a companies products so that the company can keep track of the advertiser's referrals and compensate the advertiser when they send traffic to their website and/or result in sales of their products. So the link is encoded with the affiliate's ID (usually a unique number). It does not change the cost to you, the consumer.
Does The Price Change If I Click On An Affiliate Link?
No. The price is not affected by whether you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase or if you use a direct (non-affiliate) link to make your purchase.
How much Money Do You Make As An Affiliate?
It varies but the compensation is usually a percentage of the sale. Amazon has a very low percent, usually about 5% of the product sale. So if you click through an Amazon affiliate link on this website and purchase a product that is $10, I would earn about 5% of that or 50-cents. It's not much but it can add up. Most months I do not receive any payments because there are thresholds that need to be met before they will issue a payment. Other affiliate programs offer a higher percent (the upper limit is usually no more than 50%) and different payment thresholds so it really varies from company to company. Just so you know, I don't choose a company based on their affiliate program payout percent but rather on the quality of their products and my experience with them.
Why Do You Use Affiliate Links?
It just makes good business sense! It's no different than selling an herbal product in my clinic where I purchase it from the company at a wholesale price and sell it at a retail price, thereby earning a profit. This is how every business that sells products works. I like using affiliate links to educate people about the products I personally use or have researched so that it's easy for them to learn more about the products with a simple click at any time, day or night. And also so I don't have to keep inventory (which is a big hassle). To me it is a big win and I love that most major companies (including Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, Target, etc.,) have affiliate programs that anyone can join -- for free!
What About Amazon Links?
I love Amazon! I refer people there as often as possible because it's such an easy way to purchase quality products. Amazon has a robust affiliate program where they reward their "Associates" for making product recommendations. Amazon requires a special disclosure statement so you will see it posted throughout this website. I proudly state, “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
Can You Show Me Your Pages With Affiliate Links On Them?
EXAMPLE 1: I created this page to teach the value of high-dose Vitamin-C to fight against infections. Because so many people ask me what brand of Vitamin-C I recommend and there are so many different types of Vitamin-C, it made sense to just link to the exact brands I use and/or carry in my clinic. So used my Amazon Associate links as a part of the information on that webpage. Make sense? 🙂
EXAMPLE 2: I created this page with healthy eating tips which has links to various resources. On this page you can see links to Amazon books and DVD that are affiliate links. You can also see my affiliate disclosure statement there as well.
There are other places on my website and blog that have affiliate links. If you are every unsure or have a question please feel free to contact me at the phone, email or address listed at the bottom of this page.
This website and emails you receive from Points of Origin, PLLC, Peter Hanfileti, MD and/or Lisa Hanfileti, LAc may contain affiliate partner links that compensate our company should you make a purchase.
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You should not rely upon any information found on this website or in our emails to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or course of treatment. Readers should perform their own research and make decisions in partnership with their own health care providers.
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Last Edited on 2019-04-10