The Federal Trade Commission is making it mandatory for bloggers to disclose whether or not they receive something of monetary value when those items are mentioned on their blog. I have read several disclosure policies, and they make my head spin. Why does all legal stuff have to be confusing? So, here is my disclosure policy in plain English (or at least the English of somebody that rambles and kind of talks in circles).
When I started this blog back in October of 2008 (that’s when this policy is valid from) I had no idea you could make money from a blog. I was just excited to share the deals with family and friends. Then in March of 2009 I found out that when I send people to coupons.com and they print a coupon I can get paid for that. I thought that was pretty cool! I’m not getting rich off of it, but I do get paid in cents whenever you print coupons from my site. So, thanks for that!
I occasionally receive products to review and giveaway. I will give you my honest opinion on a product. I also occasionally receive compensation for sharing information regarding certain store or products. Safeway is an example of this: They gave me a gift card to experience their new low prices and share them with you, they also gave me extra gift cards to giveaway to my readers. Safeway was a perfect fit for my blog, because I already shop at Safeway. There are times when I mention a store and do not get paid by them. I LOVE COSTCO! Nobody paid me to say that. It’s just something I have to shout out every now and then. Everything I say on this blog is my own opinion, but sometimes it is my opinion – with benefits.
Sometimes a company will pay me a fee to advertise on my blog. I will not accept advertisers that I do not approve of. I have in fact turned people down before. This blog is a reflection on me and my beliefs, I will not support or promote items I do not personally believe in.
Wait, there’s more! Isn’t this fun? When I send you to another site like Amazon or Kohl’s for the great deals and you buy something through my link, the company gives me a small percentage of what you buy. Whatever I receive comes from the company and does not affect your purchase price. This is just plain fun for both of us! You get a great deal, and I get a little in return.
So, the whole point of this is to let you know that whenever I have received some kind of perk for sharing information with you, you should see something like this in my post: