Joined: 19 Jun 09
04 Oct 11 7:00 pm
Yes, they all have their own guidelines that is true. however, most of them are pretty much saying the same thing and referring to the basic FTC guidelines about transparency. If you haven't actually used a product, you have to state it plainly and not in fine print in the footer.
I generally state it at the beginning of my reviews, along with a llink to my full affiliate disclosure page where I explain what an affiliate is, and how it affects them as a user.
It also helps that I generally only promote products that I have personally at least reviewed, and normally actually use, myself, so its not a big deal to me. For example, I recently reviewed a newbie affiliate training program. I didn't actually use the program, but I went through all of the training modules, and everything he is teaching are things I already use myself. so technically I didn't "build a site according to his plan" but I did review the product, and I can tell the good affiliate training programs from the bad ones, having been through several already myself, and already making a full time income as an affiliate.
If less people promoted products unseen it would cut out all the garbage anyway.