Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wednesday's Online Business Mistake - Disclosure on Site

Happy Wednesday! Time for another Wednesday's Online Business Mistake.  Today I am going to keep it real simple.  It is not a mistake that I made, but many people who work at home as an affiliate are making.  This is something that can get people in legal trouble and this is adding a disclosure.

In 2009, the government started to require an affiliate disclosure in all emails promoting stuff and or websites that are promoting anything.  It doesn't matter if the product is work at home related, if you are an affiliate of any product you need to have a disclosure.  I had mine up on Dawn's Work at Home Blog since 2009, as soon as I heard about this.  I don't add it to every post, but I also do not earn a commission on most of the information that I share or recommend.  It is in the sidebar of my blog and has been there since 2009.

This disclosure is supposed to be on your site, in a post where you are going to be compensated for sales or in any emails that you are promoting a product.  So if you work at home as an affiliate, you need to have this disclosure so you do not get into legal trouble.  How do you know if you need a disclosure? This is easy.  If you are going to earn any kind of commission when somebody buys the product that you are recommending, you need to disclose that you will earn the commission.  If you are doing a paid review, you need to let them know that it was a review sponsored by the product or company.  You should note with a review that the opinions are yours, but it was sponsored by the company.

Many people do have the disclosures, but I have seen many people who do not.  If you work at home as an affiliate, or are affiliated with any company, you need to disclose this.  There can be legal action taken if you do not!

Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

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