The owners of iconicalternatives.com reserve the right to use affiliate links to generate income. All user generated content, posts, and discussions, contained on Iconic Alternatives are the intellectual property of Iconic Alternatives. Iconic Alternatives reserves the right to overwrite or replace any affiliate, commercial, or monetizable links, posted by users of Iconic Alternatives, with our own internal tracking. Furthermore, as a user of Iconic Alternatives, you agree not to post or otherwise make available Content that constitutes or contains “affiliate marketing,” “link referral code,” or “unsolicited commercial advertisement”.
So now that the legalese is out of the way … what exactly are affiliate links?
Basically, affiliate links allow the site owner to earn a commission when a visitor to his/her site clicks on a link to a product and buys something from that 3rd party merchant. For example, if you (the visitor) read an article on alternatives for the Tom Ford Harrington jacket, then click on the link to Marks and Spencer’s option (the product) and buy it, then M&S (the merchant) tracks your click on the affiliate link to determine the source site and pays Iconic Alternatives (the site owner) a commission of 5% of the purchase price. This is important: The price of the product is NOT affected for you, the buyer! You, the visitor, are not giving Iconic Alternatives a penny; all commissions come from the 3rd party vendor.
Iconic Alternatives uses an affiliate program service called VigLink. VigLink works with over 30,000 different merchants big and small (for example: Nordstrom, Amazon, Lord and Taylor, Austin Reed, etc.) and automates the process of including affiliate links in our posts. You can view a list of all the merchants that are part of the VigLink affiliate program here.
Long story short, you should assume that any link to a product or merchant you click on in a post or comment is an affiliate link which can generate income for Iconic Alternatives.
Does the Use of Affiliate Links Affect the Content on Iconic Alternatives?
Absolutely not! Iconic Alternatives was started to help people find the best affordable options for classic, Bond inspired style. And that continues to be our mission. If the best option is from a merchant that is not part of VigLink’s program, we will still place that option front and center in a post. Finding quality alternatives for you, the visitor, will always take priority over earning a few cents for a click.
This makes sense for three reasons. First, it’s just really fun to share cool alternatives with you, our fellow fans. We got into this for the thrill of “the hunt and the catch” and it feels good to show you what we’ve found and get your feedback.
Second, focusing on quality content makes sense financially. If we decided to exclude the “best choice” from a post because it doesn’t earn us money and focused only on recommending products that pay commissions, then the quality of our content would decline. And if our quality declines, then we lose your trust and fewer people will visit our site. And if fewer people visit our site, then fewer people will click on the affiliate links that earn us revenue. We want more visitors, and “quality content is king” when it comes to growing a community.
Third, we chose VigLinks because it has over 30,000 merchants in its affiliate program, so the sources of 99% of the “best options” we share with you are already on the list. With a program that big, we can use the majority of our time searching for the cool stuff, and next to no time worrying about the merchant that sells it.
That’s our disclosure! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via the site contact form or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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