Wondering about my link disclosures on posts?
Savvy California uses affiliate and referral links on some pages. That means if you follow a link to sign up for something, use a promo code, or actually buy something right after you click, I may be compensated (at no extra cost to you). My blog is a business and I do benefit when I refer happy readers to trusted sources. Not “mad scrilla” exactly, but it helps keep the lights on.
If you’ve noticed this type of thing in the blogosphere and on social networks lately, that’s because the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) now insists that everyone disclose absolutely every time a link might lead to a freebie or a buck. They want it in your face, before every link, everywhere (although many people
think that’s rude have been slow to comply).
Only a small percentage of the links you find here are shilly. But if I can find a referral or affiliate link to something I’m telling you about anyway, I’ll grab it and use it. You know, like those links to Amazon and Airbnb. I would let you know about this anyway — in a way that’s less annoying — but now the FTC is all over it. And really, they probably have your best interests at heart.
I appreciate your trust and will never recommend anything unless I believe in it and would do it/use it/buy it myself. My opinions are never for sale and never have been.
Got it? Thought so. Hopefully the FTC will, too.
Image credit: Illustration by Louis Gray and Jeannine Schafer.