What Is A Disclosure Form – Free Example

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A disclosure form is a formal document that contains all the terms, conditions, assets, risks, and liabilities associated with a specific contract or agreement.. That being said, to answer more in-depth the question, “what is a disclosure form?”, we can assume that this is a form for disclosure that is of much importance in the online business industry.

Quite possibly more than brick and mortar, a business online has many risks and clauses one must look into since everything is done digitally as far as terms of the agreement, policies, and other forms of contract.

The internet is a web of links leading to all sorts of businesses.

When handling any legal form of a business, a disclosure form is a must when going into a partnership or even just visiting a prospect’s website.

One should know if there are any business disclosures they need to know about before proceeding.

What Is A Disclosure Form


There are many different types of agreements, contracts, seller disclosures, affiliate disclosures and documents between a company and another company, a property management company and a consumer, a contractor and a customer, an affiliate and the affiliate network or company hiring the affiliate or independent partnerships will all require some disclosure form.

So honestly, what is a disclosure form? In today’s economy, parties of businesses in all types of industries online, now more than ever, will typically need to, at minimum, read over a potential partner disclosure form and agree to the terms before going into business with them.

The disclosure is basically a mutual agreement between two parties who have accompanied each other to shake hands over a common deal or project. The terms of the agreement in the disclosure may need to be dealt with later between those parties.

An affiliate disclosure form, for most businesses, talks directly about the elephant in the room, a “take it or leave it, but this is how it is” type of statement that gets it out there. Both parties are usually happy with the results and are glad that the topic was handled professionally and before any issues arise.

 

Contracts, Affiliates, Terms, Policies… But What Is A Disclosure Form


This article is to cover answers to many online affiliate’s questions about affiliate disclosures and forms, answering the number one question, “What’s A Disclosure Form?”. We get this question every single week. Lately, this has been a major frequency in online tickets due to the affiliate marketing industry, among other businesses, growing at a super rapid pace.

You are in the right place for answers about disclosure forms for any market. We have examples for affiliate disclosures, disclosures for real estate contracts, construction, electrical, partnerships, amazon affiliate disclosure forms, and more.

If you’d like to do a quick hop down to the specific reason you are here; assuming you need an example of an affiliate disclosure form… we have one about midway if you scroll, you may also use our affiliate disclosure form to model from if you’d like. You can also do a quick search for keywords using our favorite tool at the bottom of this article.

 

Affiliate Link Disclosure Form Examples


Important: Please note that this is just an example and is not the affiliate disclosure page for the joinify.co website. You can find it here. Please do not copy from our actual affiliate disclosure. You may use the following content as an overview of what an affiliate disclosure should contain and be implemented onto an affiliate’s website or among any post or article that collects compensation from a visitor’s actions based on the rules and regulations of the FTC. You may find all of this information on their website here.

Now that we understand each other that the following is not an actual affiliate disclosure, only an example, and joinify.co is not responsible for your actions after reading or using it. Let’s continue with how actually to write one for your own affiliate marketing needs…

 

What Is A Disclosure Form – For Affiliates


Your title for your affiliate disclosure form needs to be simply that. The title of any legal document is obviously what the content contains, but your content in this particular post isn’t just some random article about fishing or marketing. It answers a legally serious question, exactly “what is a disclosure form?” I’ve created a section below to display an example of an affiliate disclosure form.

This content is essential that your readers can easily find in your navigation, click on it with no issues or hoops to jump through. It shouldn’t take them anywhere externally, meaning it is your domain’s business, so you should keep this page local and from you to the reader as if behind closed doors and you agree with them.

 

The Title For An Affiliate Disclosure Form


You don’t want them to be distracted, so with that said… your title is going to be just what it is:

“Affiliate Disclosure” … is your title for your affiliate disclosure form. (see example below) Since the reader is already on your website and has clicked on a link, take them to read YOUR affiliate disclosure. Don’t question their intelligence by explaining to them that the affiliate disclosure they are reading is for the website they are on right now.

Just title it what it is and move on. You should also follow this same rule of thumb with your privacy policy, terms of the agreement, and any other legal document you are required to post for your visitors.

Plus, don’t forget to mark these pages as “no-follow.” You don’t want your legal pages floating around the dark web. These are private pages for your loyal visitors’ eyes only.

 

Affiliate Disclosure; BEGIN EXAMPLE:


Affiliate Disclosure

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 that any or all the links at joinify. co/ are affiliate links of which we may receive a small compensation from sales of certain items that belong to certain stores.

What are affiliate links?

Purchases are made on external affiliate company websites: When a reader clicks on an affiliate link located on.com to purchase an item, the reader buys the item from the seller directly (not from joinify. co/). Amazon and/or other companies pay joinify.co/ a small commission or other compensation for promoting their website or products through their affiliate program.

Prices are 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.


We use two main types of affiliate programs
:


1. Amazon affiliate links

Joinify.co 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.com. Amazon offers a small commission on products sold through their affiliate links.

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 later, however, if that purchase takes place within a certain amount of time according to that company’s regulations, Joinify may be compensated for referring you to their site.

Anytime you see a link that looks like or contains the words ‘amazon .com’ or ‘Amazon’… 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, the blogger gets a percentage of the sale or some other compensation type. Things like e-book bundles, e-courses, and online packages are usually affiliated 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?

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


END EXAMPLE.

We hope this helps get your disclosure taken care of and placed on your site to have peace of mind knowing you are legally good to go. You can visit the FTC website here for more solutions to your legal needs.

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Only the best to your online business success in 2021 and beyond,

Dan Darnell CEO | Joinify.co

Thank you for reading this article, and I hope I answered your question, “what is a disclosure form?” Stick around, we have big plans a lot in store for you!


6 thoughts on “What Is A Disclosure Form – Free Example

  1. Thank you for a timely post . It took me long to create an affiliate disclosure for my website because I was not certain of what is expected. I eventually put something together but after reading this I guess I should go back do some touch ups. The template you provided is very helpful. I will be using it as I do some touch ups.

    1. Thank you so much. I’m glad it could help you in some way with your business. Keep pushing!

      Dan

  2. Thank you for the information about the disclosure form, I myself as a newbie in blogging, I do not know that there is a rule for this, maybe I should compose one.  Is there a standard form for the affiliate disclosure? or we can compose our own as long the needed content is there?  should the affiliate disclosure be posted on all posts or articles?

    1. Hi Maria, you’re very welcome. Thank you for taking the time to comment… I love answering questions that lead to helping someone better their business.

      Congratulations on deciding to use your website for blogging. I will do my best to answer your questions as thoroughly as possible and will be sure to create more content for blogging beginners like yourself. Again, thanks for stopping by the Joinify Community.

      For your question on whether you should compose a disclosure? You should very much so… As long as you are following the general guidelines, especially for an affiliate disclosure, you should be okay writing your own because every business is different so every site is going to have a different disclosure form. 

      You are more than welcome to have a look at the Joinify.co affiliate disclosure here to see what we have added to the WordPress suggested content for a disclosure… but the more, the merrier. If you have something you want people to be aware of but isn’t relevant to your main content, a “disclosure” would be the place to page submit it.

      To answer your questions about where to place your affiliate disclosure, check out this blog post for how to follow all the FTC rules and guidelines and the importance of reader legibility. 

      Thanks, Maria! Come back anytime, we enjoy your company here at the Joniify community.

      Dan

  3. Hello Dan,

    Thank you for sharing you post on the importance of having a Disclosure page. 

    I agree that having an online business is very tricky when it comes to all the legal documentations. As one of them which you have just mentioned is, Affiliate Disclosure. Having a legal business entity, gives so much peace of mind and of course it makes us confident through out the process of our online business. Thanks again for sharing about the importance of having a Disclosure page on our website.

    All the best!  

    1. Thanks! I appreciate you emphasizing the importance. I wanted to make sure anyone with a website asking the question, “What is a disclosure form?” could come here and grab themselves an example to use as their own.

      Not only is it important, it’s way  too easy to implement to make sure you are following the rules. A little due diligence and cooperation with the FTC and whoever else can make or break a business online. So, I hope this helps someone get past those initial hurdles.

      Thanks again.

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