I don’t know if it’s a theme or a meme, but there is a lot of buzz in the blogosphere about transparency, ethics in blogging, professional codes …
Not sure where I stand. Mainly watching and listening at this point.
One thing that’s been occupying my less intense moments is how to handle the issue of affiliate links within posts. To date, my mantra has been: communicate in the center (where the blog posts are), sell in the sidebar.
Might sound, catchy – well, I think it does , but lately I’ve been wondering how practical it is.
If I’ve given something a plug and included an affiliate link, my practice has been to mention the fact (whether I have done that every time I simply couldn’t say, but I’ve endeavoured to make it my practice). I’m starting to think that’s a bit naff.
Darren, like others, puts (aff) after a link which is an affiliate link.
As far as other people’s sites go, my personal view is that I feel capable of making up my mind as to whether something is worth buying or at least investigating, and if the person who has flagged or even recommended it gets a commission, good luck to them.
But I understand that some people take a sterner view and I have some sympathy for that point of view (it was in fact mine not so long ago!)
Mike appears less sympathetic to the “no affiliate link” attitude and expresses his point of view rather humorously in Yes, I know that’s an affiliate link.
Methinks the jury is out.