Affiliate Disclosure

Below is the boilerplate disclosure regarding the use of “affiliate links.” By all means, you should read it, however I’d like to add a few personal notes first, some of which are covered in the standard disclosure below, and some that aren’t, and in so doing, offer three pledges.

Before I get started, I’d like to answer the most obvious question: No, you do not pay more by clicking through these links. The price is the same regardless!

My first pledge to you is that I will only ever post affiliate links to products I use currently (which you can examine at any time in the most recent “MicrobioME Snapshot” in the “MicrobioME Project” category), or have used in the past and found to be useful.  I run personal experiments on myself and record the results for the MicrobioME Project, and so will be changing my supplementation habits over time, but otherwise, the products I link to are ones I am, in a small but very real way, staking my own health on, or at times, the health of my family.

This pledge is, in one sense, very easy to keep. The beauty of affiliate links is that you can create an affiliate relationship for just about any product, Amazon being an obvious choice given its enormous catalog of products.  That means I am not beholden to any particular product. I can switch with a click, and you can switch along with me.

Therefore I have no vested interest other than my health, so if one product doesn’t work out, I’ll move on to one that does. I’m not pushing any agenda or any interest or entangled in any investments in any single product. For me it’s less a matter of making a living as it is in making a life.

My second pledge is that for the rare products I use that do not offer an affiliate relationship, I’ll link those anyway.  The most recent example is Ubiome, where I am having my microbiome samples tested for the MicrobioME Project.  I asked, they don’t have a program. That’s okay. I use it, I’ll let you know about it, and link to that, too.

The third pledge should be obvious from the above but still worthy of emphasis. I will never post an affiliate link for a product I don’t use or have used and found suspect no matter how much money I could make doing so.  There are some pretty lucrative relationships out there with big payouts. I’d love to get involved in one, frankly, if I could find a product I thought worthy, reasonably priced, and that I used. Maybe some day, but regardless, my affiliate links are based on personal use, not payouts.

Finally, just to emphasize and as noted below in the standard disclosure, purchasing through an affiliate link don’t cost you anything extra. The merchant gives the affiliate (in this case, Microbiome Bulletin) a small fee for referring the sale. The price to you is the same regardless, but we very much appreciate you using the affiliate link as it does help support our efforts here.

That’s it from me. Thanks for reading.  Full disclosure follows below.

In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released their new rules for Disclosure Compliance. These rules are set in place to ensure 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 this site: Any/all of the links are affiliate links of which I receive a small 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 to purchase an item, the reader buys the item from the seller directly (not from Amazon and/or other companies pay 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. 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 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, I will get commission on that sale.

Anytime you see a link that looks like… or… 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?

I do not write sponsored posts. I want to bring you real, unbiased information. However, if a post is sponsored by a company and it is a paid sponsorship, I will disclose this clearly in the beginning of the post.