In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released their new rules for Disclosure Compliance. These rules help to ensure that readers or viewers of web media (blogs, Youtube videos, etc.) know when the author/presenter is being sponsored, endorsed, or partnered with a different company. In short, you, the readers, need to know when the author or website is making money by sharing a link or product.
In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links and posts on this site:
Any/all of the links on geekSerious.com are affiliate links, and geekSerious.com receives compensation from sales of certain items.
What are affiliate links?
Purchases are made on external affiliate company websites: When a reader clicks on an affiliate link located on geekSerious.com to purchase an item, the reader buys the item from the seller directly (not from geekSerious). Amazon and/or other companies pay geekSerious a small commission or other compensation for promoting their website or products through their affiliate program.
Prices are exactly the same for you if your purchase is through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link.
You will not pay more by clicking through to the link.
I use two main types of affiliate programs:
1. Amazon affiliate links.
geekSerious.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Amazon offers a small commission on products sold through their affiliate links. Each of your purchases via our Amazon affiliation links supports our site at no additional cost to you. Anytime you see a link to Amazon.com, it is an Amazon affiliate link.
2. Product affiliate links.
These affiliate links work the same way: if you click the link and buy the product, then geekSerious.com gets a percentage of the sale or some other type of compensation. Things like e-book bundles, e-courses, and online summit packages can be assumed to be affiliate links. Again, prices are not different if you use these affiliate links. You will not pay more by clicking through to the link. These links are not “pay per click.”
Partial list of companies with which I have an affiliate relationship:
The following companies are some of the featured partners of geekSerious.com; However, any link to an online store or product, even for a product or service not listed here, can be assumed to be an affiliate link.
Sun Frog Shirts – Geek culture and custom-designed t-shirts.
Pley – A subscription service which allows members to borrow complete Lego sets.
The Chess Store – Chess sets and accessories.
Things From Another World – Geek products, toys, games, and collectibles.
Microsoft Store – Windows and XBOX products and accessories.
Official Costumes – Costumes and costume accessories
LEGO – Retail store for Lego sets.
CuffLinks.com – Clothing accessories.
What about sponsored content?
Posts published at geekSerious.com are not typically paid for or sponsored by any vendor. However, if a post is sponsored by a company, or if there is a material connection to the post, such as a product review where the product was supplied to faciliate the review, this will be disclosed clearly in the beginning of the post.
Social media content containing affiliate links will also include a link to this disclaimer or have “(affiliate link)” in the post to identify the content as having a material connection.