OMG, now I’m affiliated with myself

#fashionover50 style blogger Nicole in winter work outfit with bomber, houndstooth and studded boots

Why non-UK bloggers care

When you read Katherine Summer’s post on Friday about her thoughts on the (not so) new disclosure guidelines for influencers, you may have asked yourself something like “How far will legislators go.” or “Do they really think that readers are stupid.” Like with the GDPR even a non UK blogger has to comply or block all UK readers. I don’t wants to exclude lovely readers because of their country of residency. I already dislike when giveaways are only open for residents of the brand’s country. However, in defense of the brand’s decision, customs and import/export regulations may be an inssue not to mention shipping costs.

Disclosure and transparency is important to me

When you are a regular reader, you know that I always disclose when I was given a sample for review. Typically, the post title already has already the word “review” and there is a disclosure at the end of the post. See for instance, Review of a Covered Perfectly zebra top or Review of Tenth Street’s Scala collezione Grace wool cloche. Items that where given to me by a brand are indicated as c/o followed by the brand’s name in my photo captions.

I even have a list of my affiliates on my Disclosure of Affilates page as well as a list of brands I worked with.

#advancedstyle mature woman in winter work look with leather bomber and houndstooth skirt
Back view of winter business casual work look with Moda International leather bomber, GNW tight, Banana Republic houndstooth skirt, no brand purple sweater and Valentino boots (all own)

When I have affiliate links in the post, I disclose the fact at the end of the post. I put affiliate links in the photo captions, while links to further reading of my posts are located in the post. This way – so I thought – makes it easy for my readers to distinguish between affiliate links and further information on the subject of the post.

How far will this go in the future?

Katherine pointed out that the request for disclosure of brands a blogger has worked with could make her to have to disclosure a table that she had paid for from her own dimes. Why, because she reviewed some of the same brand’s clothes  within the last 12 months! Just because a brand’s clothes are great quality doesn’t mean that a total unrelated item like the table, is of great quality too. She certainly did not buy the table because she worked with the brand on clothing. I never heard that you craft a table with a sewing machine from woven fabric. Or do carpenters carft clothes? Ok, Dutch wooden shoes, may be.

#ethnicshoes Painted Dutch wooden shoes
Dutch wooden shoes. I used to have a pair as a teenager. They were perfect for gardening and much more comfortable than one would think. I wish I still had a pair for my yard work.

Can a blogger still buy what they want when they worked with a brand? Isn’t it a question of trust into the brand (and a blogger’s review), when the blogger buys items from a brand they worked with? Unless they are affiliated with the brand they don’t get it cheaper than the next person. And yes, even when they are affiliated with the brand, the blogger only get the commission that they would get when a reader bought thru their link. And what is wrong about making a living as a blogger? It’s a new job category, but it’s a job that requires hard work and it should be paid for.

#streetchic over 50 years old in business casual office look with aviator jacket, pruple sweater and knee length skirt
Side view with Moda International aviator jacket, Hermes collier de chien belt, GNW tight, Banana Republic kneelength skirt, no brand purple sweater, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Valentino tall boots (all own)

The guidelines may make me my own affiliate!

As a regular reader, you know that I wrote a style book entitled How to Dress for Success in Midlife, which is available as both a Kindle and hardcover version on Amazon. Since I earn royalties when you buy the book, I may have to put an affiliate disclosure into the post! As if you wouldn’t know that authors get royalties on their books!

midlife fashion This style book is available at https://www.amazon.com/Dress-Success-Midlife-Nicole-M%C3%B6lders-ebook/dp/B071LTB1SF
Cover of style book “How to Dress for Success in Midlife” by Nicole Mölders

Having to call my own style book eventually an affiliate link seems plain ridiculous! I refuse to believe my readers won’t know that I intend earning money thru selling my book. Like with the affiliate links earnings from my style book and my fashion coloring book serve to cover the costs of the blog and keeping reading the posts at no costs for the reader.

Anyhow, I will obey, but I don’t get the logic behind it. Do you?

Where is the common sense?

Why will I have to disclose the selling of my own book on my own blog? My name is printed on it as the author’s name. Every educated adult knows that authors get a royalty. Unless you are a Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, you name it, this royalty is marginal. Full disclosure: The royalty is so small that I have to sell over a thousand books to offset the costs associated with the publication like purchuasing an IBSN number, editing, proof reading, etc.

When you are not one of these politics celebrities, I am not, most of the money a buyer spends when hitting Buy Now goes to the publisher for printing of hardcopies or storage of the Kindl or e-book version. Typically, publishers print books-on-demand these days. Thus, they don’t even have costs for storing printed books.

Where is the logic? That’s as if an online store tells their customer that the store owners earn money when the customer hits Buy Now.

Ad, affiliated or what ever – you name it

Don’t let the right look be a random thing. Wear the right look in the right dressing situation. Buy my book How to Dress for Success in Midlife.

Sorry, I had to say this. 😉

Now to the look of the day

January was realtively cold. I wore this look to the office on one of these 20 below days (colder than -28.9oC). This business casual winter outfit is a classic neutrals with a pop of color. The leather aviator jacket gives this otherwise classic outfit an edgy twist. Leather is always great when it is windy. And windy plus cold feels even more cold. It’s called the wind chill. 😉

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Photos: G. Kramm

Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post. You don’t pay more when you purchase a product through my link. These links just make it easier for you to find something, and I get a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of High Latitude Style. Thank you!

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9 thoughts on “OMG, now I’m affiliated with myself

  1. Oh wow I had no idea the disclosure rules were so strict! they are not as strict here in Australia but I still always disclose when things are c/o to be safe 🙂

    Thank you so much for joining the #weekdayWearLinkUp 🙂

    Hope that you are having a great week so far 🙂 We have had a break with the heat and humidity and had some rain which has been a wonderful relief!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. Yes, it does. And I’m sure you didn’t review wooden shoes or table clothes. LOL. Enjoy your new table. I bet the brands are also shaking their heads, but don’t mind the additional mentionings. Wondering whether we have to disclose the past relationships mentioning as ads? Comedy worthy.

  3. Haha it’s CRAZY, isn’t Nicole?! The people at the CMA (who make the rules) have obviously never once consulted bloggers about the practicality of it all. I haven’t read ONE positive comment about having to declare past relationships…!

    Thanks for the mention though, I’m glad you liked the post though (if nothing it makes for an interesting – but intriguing – read)!

    C x

  4. Yep I agree with the others – madness! I will carry on as I have been doing #notanadd !! Lol Jacqui Mummabstylish

  5. It’s all okay as far as I’m concerned!! Great outfit – hope you’re keeping warm in the big freeze in the Northern Hemisphere … Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🙏

  6. Go, Nicole! Say it like it is! Right on! I just couldn’t even understand why I would have to put #ad on an Instagram photo when it wasn’t an ad. All I said was that I was wearing something that was given to me…so I wore it. :/
    Angie

  7. I’m just going to use common sense on this and carry on disclosing as I always have. How on earth would they police it anyway? It’s obviously aimed at big influencers who make serious bucks on Instagram, so I won’t worry too much about it.

    Emma xxx

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