Our hosting provider is excellent; I was considering adding a link to them in the sidebar. I then further considered making these links "Affiliate" links, because a discount on the hosting I'm paying would be cool.

However, it does appear that doing so would come at a specific burden. The following must be fulfilled just to put affiliate links in the sidebar (all emphasis added):


Your Site specifically shall not (and shall not enable others to):

  • Contain false, inaccurate, defamatory, slanderous, libelous or misleading content or statements about [provider] and/or its products and services;
  • Do anything to give the impression to anyone that you are an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ ("ICANN") approved registrar;
  • Display, promote or sell illegal content, or offer any illegal product or service;
  • Engage in sending unsolicited commercial email ("spam") or indiscriminate advertising;
  • Fail to comply with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-187) or other applicable laws regulating commercial email;
  • Collect personal information about minors without their parent’s prior written consent;
  • Contain pornographic or obscene content, tasteless images, or excessively violent or hate-related material, as determined by [provider] in its sole and absolute discretion;
  • Engage in activities, whether lawful or unlawful, that [provider] determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, to be harmful to [provider] or its customers, employees, operations or reputation.
  • Encourage the use of a controlled substance;
  • Encourage unlawful behavior;
  • Violate any applicable law;
  • Advocate, promote, or encourage violence or discrimination against any person, organization or governmental entity;
  • Contain links to web sites containing the serial numbers for unlocking software illegally, pyramid schemes, or impersonations of another person or organization;
  • Contain links to web sites containing any of the aforementioned content; and
  • Cause any purchases to be made that are not in good faith (such as using any device, program, robot iframes, or hidden frames, use cookie stuffing techniques that set the tracking cookie without the user actually clicking on the referral link, etc.)

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