Social media platforms are a great tool for affiliate marketers. And if you're planning on selling affiliate products through them, you need an affiliate disclaimer. Without one, you might run into legal trouble.
So do yourself a favor and create a crystal clear affiliate disclaimer.
An affiliate disclaimer is a formal statement that explains your relationship to the affiliate products, which you're talking about.
In the US, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has guidelines that you have to follow if you're an affiliate marketer. To be more exact, you have to publish a disclaimer that makes it clear and evident to your audience that you'll receive a commission payment if they click on any of your affiliate links and make a purchase.
Be sure to give all of the necessary details, in a way that's short, sweet, and to the point. Forget about confusing legal jargon, and simply talk to your audience. After all, they're on your channel because they want to know what you have to say.
Here's a simple example of a clear and conspicuous affiliate disclaimer:
"I have a partnership with tippp.io. This description box contains affiliate links. If you click on one of them, I'll receive a commission payment."
And here's a more detailed version of an affiliate disclaimer:
"Please note that I have a partnership with tippp.io and that some of the links above are affiliate links – and at no additional cost to you – I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. I recommend the products because they are helpful and useful, and because I think that they will help you achieve your goals."
You could also add information such as "I only promote those products that I have investigated and truly feel deliver value to you." This makes it clear that you're not willing to hype up any random products just to make quick money.
It's enough to put an affiliate disclaimer in the description box of each YouTube video. If there's anything you need to "carry over," you'll need to put it someplace in addition to your description box. But this is up to you.
On social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, where there's not enough space to display the affiliate disclaimer, you are required to mark your link with "sponsored" or "ad". Here are two examples:
"Support me by purchasing something (ad): ► [Link]"
"Cool products to shop (sponsored): ► [Link]"
Please remember that social media platforms have their own rules as well. The FTC isn't the only entity you have to please when you're marketing affiliate products on social media. Twitter, YouTube, Instagram etc. also have policies that you must adhere to.