You already know that I have to give my opinion, and this is one of those rare occasions. And I wanted to comment something on the subject of affiliate links it is a usual reason for (certain) controversy also in this blog.
What is a link to affiliate?
An affiliate link, basically, is when a blogger recommends a product by putting a link to an application, product, plugin, service or whatever, and yes, that link leads to the application, product, plugin, service or whatever, but if the user who visits the page, ends up acquiring that application, product, plugin, service or whatever, the blogger receives a – usually miserly – percentage of the sale .
You see them in Amazon products that the blogger offers in his sidebar, or in text links in his articles, and also in banners here and there.
It is true that lately they have multiplied the webs of that known as pure affiliate websites, or the next step dropshipping whose sole objective is to get percentages by affiliation, but they are special cases, and I will not focus on them especially, although what I will say also affects them.
What is a link like? affiliate?
It is usually the original URL with some addition at the end that identifies the sender of the link. For example, if you recommend a WordPress Help product to the url https://services.ayudawp.com it will be added something like this: https://services.ayudawp.com/?ref=1
What does an affiliate link do?
Does not bite, does not strike, does not lower your karma, does not take money out of your pocket, does not steal your credit card.
An affiliate link, for the user who clicks on you, if you end up buying the application, product, plugin, service or whatever, the price you will pay will be the same (a sometimes even with a discount) but the blogger who sends it will receive one (I think I have said it before) mise commision for the sale.
The different companies that offer affiliation services stipulate percentages on sales and a duration of the cookie. The latter is the time during which the cookie will be stored in the referred user's browser. For example, if the cookie lasts 30 days, something very usual, if in the following 30 days the referral makes a purchase the blogger will receive his commission, but if the referred user deletes his cookies or if he makes the purchase on the 31st then the blogger will not receive a cent .
What does the law say?
Basically, and not to extend in legal terms, the law of almost all countries, also the Spanish, tries to protect the user , and obliges the blogger to specify in a visible way in all pages where there are affiliate links a text that warns that there are.
This is done to maintain the desirable reliability of opinions and recommendations, and that is not perverting purchase advice due to commercial agreements, which is great.
In my case I have taken this to the extreme by putting the notice in the sidebar, visible in all articles, even those without affiliate links, but that is decisive Personal information.
Why are there people who get screwed by affiliate links?
I understand. It's true, there are times when you find articles in blogs whose sole purpose is to get you to click on an affiliate link .
I mean publications with no valuable content, deceptive, with attractive titles that do not satisfy the promise made . And yes, there are many, especially on the affiliate websites and dropshipping .
So I understand that if you fall on a website or publication of that type you feel cheated.  Another understandable aspect, which can lead to anger, is when you get an important publication for you and it turns out that, instead of informing you about different possible solutions to your search, the only thing that is offered is an affiliate link , which often turns out not to be the best solution / product / service / plugin, but simply for which the blogger receives commission .
These are situations in which yes, the reader is deceived, and Fuck me too . In fact they even pervert the searches, with the appearance of purely interested recommendations, lacking in rigor or really useful information .
Said which, what I do not understand is the people they fuck with affiliate links per se, just to exist and this is sometimes said, it is said, that it may be due to the Hispanic / Mediterranean culturilla of " all for free ", that is, we accept for free as a pet but are you being charged for an affiliate link? I refer you to the paragraph on " What does an affiliate link? ".
And no, an affiliate link does not cost you money, no more than you would pay without it, and sometimes it even saves you money so it should not be for this, do you?
In fact, The principles of an affiliate system is that it is a win-win relationship in which both win, but at Some people do not understand, and others pervert it, that there is everything.
Are there complaints that are unreasonable?
I think so, there are complaints about affiliate links, some read here also in this blog, which do not seem to me nor far from reasonable, much less thoughtful .
For example, I have found angry complaints about the fact that in an article where I explain how to do something in Divi , and I explain it in full, without needing to pay anything to learn to do it, it turns out that a reader jumps and puts me to the broth because at some point in the article there is an affiliate link to Divi, and releases something like " you only share information to put affiliate links . "
Let's see, if I work an article of, say, 1500 words, with captures of the whole process, with codes that anyone can use for free on their website What the hell do you care if at the beginning or at the end there is a link e affiliate? do not you want to click? Do you only want to take advantage of the knowledge I share and use ?, Perfect, for that I do, but do not touch your nose for touching them, No one asks you to buy anything, nor do you need to buy anything to enjoy what I share in my articles it's that simple.
In fact, if I share a guide or tutorial for Divi it's for users who already have it, so they do not need to buy anything . And, furthermore, what would be wrong if someone bought it from an affiliate link? Does it cost more? Re-read the previous paragraphs.
Another example is when I share a link to a hosting company that I'm working with, where I host a blog, that is, I do not share anything that does not use myself And if in the middle of an article, guide, tutorial, whatever, there is a link, in context, to that hosting company with an affiliate link what's wrong with you? If you read me do time you know I do not do comparisons of hosting companies, precisely for consistency, not to distort the searches.
What's more, curiously in those links I do not even receive a percentage for sales it's an agreement in the long term, that the readers of this blog already know that it is thanks to what this blog survives, because there were times when I was about to leave for not being able to cover hosting expenses . In addition, in the link of the hosting company you have a permanent discount for using it even when the company does not have offers.
Again, do not you want to click? perfect, take advantage of the knowledge that I share and follow your life, I do not charge for visiting the blog, nor for the content of the articles as they do in the Anglo-Saxon world (something here unfeasible seen the seen), and here I make a paragraph …
Some time ago, a reader was encouraged to publish an article asking what you would do if you were charged for content on the blog. Do you know the answers? For most were insults, disproportionate at all, saying that shit and I do not know how many other niceties, as if this were put by the town hall and one had the obligation to share what little or much he knows . ] I was also struck by a summer in which, for the first time in the history of the blog, I did not publish anything during my holidays (I have a life even if you do not believe it). Look at where, the same day I return, without unpacking, I publish a code that would have learned that holiday and I skip a phenomenon saying " x days without posting anything and go shit you share ".  Seriously, because you already have a lot of years of forums and blogs, but sometimes you do not want to continue sharing anything with such characters.
Luckily I'm one of those who thinks that I actually publish for those who do not say anything but continue reading the blog and still make it the most visited about WordPress in Spanish, and for the few – but welcome – readers who rarely approach you to give you the thank you because you have helped them with a blog article or they have learned something they did not know .
In my case, to finish this section, I also share articles, guides and tutorials about tools that I do not know. uti lizo, and if something I do not like I always say, have affiliation link or not.
El quejica asshole
I do not want to end this relief without making a special mention to complainer asshole a real case that once told me that I learned a lot with my blog but that even if I ever bought something that I recommended he always went to the URL but before he removed the part of affiliate of the URL, so that I do not charge any commission .
Well of these there are many, who have seen these eyes that you have to swallow the earth Users who, based on the recommendation of a blogger make a purchase, convinced with what they learned, but that, in a show of good vibes and porculismo decide that the one that has provided them with that knowledge or Discovery does not receive any compensation for it would be missing more!
Solutions to affiliate links
Do not click them
If you are one of those who fuck you because yes just do not click on them, but do not criticize pussy, the blogger also has the right to earn a few euros for the fact of sharing free information with you. Damn, nobody forces you to click or buy anything!
Click and be grateful
If you are interested in the product, plugin, service or whatever, just click, you know that neither commits you to nothing, nor will you steal your wallet. In the meantime, your blogger will be able to continue spending time sharing his knowledge.
Have I stayed at ease? Well, no, but I wanted to share with you this reflection that has been around for some time. Now it's your turn to give your opinion, of course.