Ah disclosures.. Blogs have evolved so much over the past few years. In 2009 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decided to make revisions to the disclosure guidelines on blogs. While I fully understand this and I don’t think it’s a bad idea, I think that it is up to the individual blogger to disclose in their own way.
I truly belief that the stories, products, information, resources and otherwise I share on this blog are worth so much more than what I do and do not get paid to share. I also believe that no matter what I do or do not get paid for, my thoughts, opinions and otherwise are completely mine and are not effected by payment or items received. I hope that as you read my blog and stories that you will agree with that statement.
Having said that, let’s talk about the ways I may be compensated by posting on this blog.
I may be contacted by a company, or their PR agency, to write a post for a product, company, website, etc. All sponsored posts will be marked as such. This information will be found in a gray box, at the bottom of the post.
It would also be entirely possible that I am contacted by a company, or their PR agency, to include a link in a current post to a product, company, website, etc. All links will be family friendly, and relevant to the blog post in which you’re reading. I will also personally visit every link ever posted on this blog to ensure that my trust with you, the reader, is not compromised.
Should a company, or PR agency wish for me to review their products, I will only do so if the product relates to me, my family, and/or my blog. I simply cannot offer to review anything that would not be relevant to me and therefore, not relevant to my readers. However, any and all product reviews will be my opinion. A positive review cannot be purchased. If I loved a product, you will know that. If I didn’t care for a product, you will know that as well. Reviews will be identified in posts with a gray box, at the bottom of the post.
There may be some links, or advertisements that are affiliate links. This means that when you click on these links, and make a purchase, I will receive compensation. Affiliate links will be used on products and services that I personally use, recommend, and enjoy. Posts that contain affiliate links also contain a gray disclosure at the top of the post notifying you that it is an affiliate link.
Facebook, Tweets and other Social Networking:
Any posts I make to social networking websites will be at my own discretion. Posts made to Facebook I may not disclose on, however original disclosure will remain with the post on my blog. Some social networking updates may be to promote a post that I have been paid for. Disclosure on those posts will be kept on my blog only. I also from time to time am paid to tweet on Twitter. Those tweets are made using the #ad or #spon hashtag.
Morals, Values, Integrity, Disclosure:
These are all things which cannot be bought. So, never fear that I am giving you information that I do not believe to be true simply because I have been paid or otherwise compensated to do so.
If at any time you have a question about my disclosure policy, or sponsored content you are invited to contact me. I will be more than happy to talk with you personally.