*This post will be controversial. Please remember these opinions are my own. If we do not share a similar viewpoint, that is totally cool, but let's keep it civil.*
Referral links. This is a topic that makes me incredibly uncomfortable. A lot of times different companies will give out referral links when you make an account with them, so when someone signs up under your name you will benefit from their sign up. These sign ups can get discounts or credit to spend on the companies products etc. I know Julep does this and Zoya just started this yesterday.
I would never post a referral link on my blog or Facebook. I personally, do not feel it is right for me to benefit in some monetary way from my readers signing up under my name for something. If it's family or personal friends I think that is different. Those are people I know, while a majority of my readers (though I love you guys) are strangers. Remember, this is just my personal feelings towards this. I do not judge others who do not feel the same as long as they disclose their referral links.
That being said, I've seen in the past and a few times recently on Facebook or blogs where bloggers post referral links WITHOUT disclosing they are referral links. If you disclose it I think it's totally fine. It's the non disclosure ones that I think are just downright wrong. What's worse is sometimes I see these (non-disclosed links) from bloggers who have a lot of PR involvement and review samples.
Why do bloggers who already receive a lot of freebies feel a need to post referral links without disclosure, so their readers can help them get more freebies or stuff at a lower cost? Why do bloggers freebies or not not disclose referral links? Does this bother anyone else?
This makes my blood boil. Is there some rule against them doing this? Absolutely not. In fact, a lot of people would think that is rather savvy of them. I guess people find it a perk to being a blogger, you can use your status to get some nifty things with the help of your readers! All you have to do is say click "here", without any disclosure and you're raking in the dough! ......Gah, that makes me want to barf. They can do it though. I'm not stopping them, but I sure as heck think it's wrong and insanely dishonest.
I might be overly sensitive, and perhaps reading into this too much. I just really dislike it when people are not upfront and honest. I feel that it is a shady, and it is taking advantage of people for your personal gain. If you disclose it and people want to help you out, then more power to you. If you don't disclose..just ugh. Do the right thing people.
What are your thoughts on non-disclosed referral links? Have you ever signed up under a referral link not knowing at the time it was a referral link?
Happy Tuesday! :P