As of December 1st, per the FTC, all bloggers must disclose when they receive a free product and/or any form of compensation in exchange for a review post. I have always been honest with my readers when I receive a product for review so I will continue to do so but what will be different is I will also put a statement at the bottom of each post letting everyone know that I did receive a FREE product but it did not influence my opinion.
I blog the truth all the time but I guess there are people out there that don’t so this is what has to be done now and I’m fine with it.
I also, from time to time, will be paid to write a post. When this happens, the payment never reflects my opinion, it just may influence my post topic but the words I use are always mine, the stories I tell are always mine and the facts I state are always my personal opinion.
I receive compensation from referrals from some affiliate companies for things I post about on this blog, like some of the survey companies, some printable coupons, some free samples or free offers, things like that but not for everything. I don’t just post affiliate links, I try to mix them up with no affiliate links.
Using these affiliates helps me to earn some money for all the time I put into my blog, which some weeks is a lot. I don’t do it just for the money, I enjoy blogging, I enjoy finding the deals and mostly I enjoy helping my readers and getting emails from them. That’s the best part. But I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the money that my blog brings me.
I have written a Disclosure Policy and you can read it below. If you have any questions about anything I mentioned or want more of an explanation of what I wrote please don’t hesitate to email me. Thanks for being a loyal reader.
This policy is valid from November 2 2009
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact email@example.com.
This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation which will be noted as a “Sponsored Post”. If the owner of this blog receives a free sample in exchange for a review post, then that will be noted in the post.
This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.
The owner(s) of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.
This blog does contain content which might present a conflict of interest. This content will always be identified.
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