In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released their new rules for Disclosure Compliance. These rules are designed to make sure that readers or viewers of web media (blogs, Youtube videos, etc.) know if the blogger/presenter is sponsored, endorsed, or partnered with a different company. In blog terms, the readers need to know if the blogger is making money by sharing a link or product.
In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links and posts on the Foot & Ankle Center of Washington website: Any/all of the links are affiliate links of which we receive a small compensation from sales of certain items.
In other words, if you click a link for a product and make a purchase, we earn a commission at no extra cost to you.
Our recommendations are based on deep experience with and knowledge of the companies and products we recommend, and we recommend them because they are genuinely helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we may receive.
Please don’t spend any money on these products unless you believe they will help you achieve your goals.
What are affiliate links?
Purchases are made on external affiliate company websites: When a reader clicks on an affiliate link located on FootAnkle.com to purchase an item, the reader buys the item from the seller directly (not from FootAnkle.com). Amazon and/or other companies pay Foot & Ankle of Washington, LLC 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.
The items we recommend (and for which we earn a commission) are items we recommend regularly in our medical practice and feel are the best items to treat a particular problem.
Again, please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them.
We use two main types of affiliate programs:
1. Amazon affiliate links.
The Foot & Ankle Center of Washington is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon properties including, but not limited to, amazon.com. Amazon offers a small commission on products sold through their affiliate links. Each of your purchases via our Amazon affiliation links supports our cause at no additional cost to you.
If a blogger links to an Amazon product (with a special code for affiliates embedded in the link), and a reader places an item in their “shopping cart” through that link within 24 hours of clicking the link, the blogger gets a small percentage of the sale. Amazon links are not “pay per click.” If you click on the product link and stay around Amazon and purchase something else, however, we will get commission on that sale.
Anytime you see a link that looks like astore.com/… or amazon.com… it can be assumed that 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 the blogger gets a percentage of the sale or some other type of compensation. Things like e-book bundles, e-courses, and online packages are usually affiliate links, as well. 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”, unless otherwise denoted.
What about sponsored content?
We do not write sponsored posts. nor do we post sponsored posts written by others on this site. We want to bring you real, unbiased information.
Occasionally a company will send us a foot health product to review. We always try the product before reviewing it and only give unbiased reviews. If we are reviewing a product that was provided to us we will let you know.