If used correctly, affiliate links help support the costs of content creation. However, there are some readers who don't like affiliate links... and we get it. That's why we wrote this guide, how to get around affiliate links.
Websites are legally required by the FTC to disclose that they are using affiliate links. Typically, a disclaimer looks something like this:
There should also be links to a longer FTC Statement and Affiliate Disclosure.
Identifying affiliate links is decently easy. Considerate websites typically add a link structure that ensures readers know that the link is affiliate.
Raw links that are affiliate typically come in the form of a shortlink, network link, or direct link with a url parameter attached. Here are a few examples:
You can identify the link by hovering over it with your mouse and looking in the lower left corner of your browser:
You can also right click the link, and choose inspect from the menu, like so:
Now that you've determined if the link is affiliate (and assuming that it is), it's time to get around it.
This is fairly simple. Most browsers have features that allow you to search Google for highlighted text by right clicking.
Highlight the text of the affiliate link, right click, and select "search google for...".
That will toggle a Google Search for that text, bringing up beautiful, non-affiliate links: