The FTC requires us to tell you when we get paid for some of our content. There's a long history of small events that have led to this requirement, and I won't get into all the details this time around, but I think in general this is a good thing. I would tell you even if I wasn't legally required to do so.
The short version of this requirement is that if I'm getting compensated for a post, or a review, or a post in social media, then I should disclose that payment or compensation. This used to apply only to the mainstream media and big celebrities but with the rise of influencer blogging and social media influencers, it now applies to us as well. It is worth noting that many celebrities endorse products and services AND they don't disclose that they are compensated for it.
You might have noticed that in some of my recent posts, there are some boxes highlighting a specific block of text. They look like the box below:
This blog makes me money. It makes me money 24/7 and I'm very proud of that, and it is because of that income that I can bring you new updates on a regular basis. You see, I don't have a job, I spend most of my time with my kids and family and friends. And I like it that way.
Every time you read my blog, and whenever you click on a link and purchase a product or service, you're helping me live the dream. And for this, I appreciate you tremendously, not every link makes me money but some do.
Also, solely clicking on a link will not make me money; only if you purchase something will I get compensated. So please, if you find the products or services I talk about useful, give them a try and I'd love it if you let me know when you have purchased something because of my recommendation.
I hope we can continue this relationship for years to come. But in the spirit of transparency, disclosure, mutual trust and understanding, I've just updated my affiliates and sponsored content disclosure. You can find it here, but I also included it in its entirety below:
Sponsor & Affiliate Disclosure
This blog, like many others, is supported by readers like you. I appreciate you taking the time to read and explore the site. Hopefully, it has helped you in some way or another and I hope it's good enough for you to share with friends, family, and colleagues.
The main thing to explain here is that many of the links you'll find throughout this website are affiliate link. I explain more about this below.
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Two of the ways that I make money from this blog is by using affiliate relationships with various companies and by accepting sponsored posts. If you're not familiar with these things, let me briefly explain them.
Many products and services have an affiliate program. This means that they offer a way for people like me and you to tell other people about their product and get compensated when someone buys said product or service.
So when you click on some links on my blog post, you'll be supporting this blog if you end up buying the product or service referred to by that link. THANK YOU!
Almost anybody can do this, in fact, I teach and encourage everyone to start a blog and monetize it by using affiliate marketing, a subset of online marketing, both topics that I talk about a lot in this blog.
Under no circumstances will you pay more when you use one of my links. In fact, many times using my link will save you money because I have negotiated better pricing for my readers. Sometimes the link has a one time, or first time discount automatically applied.
If you know how to look at links, you'll notice that many times links I use begin with the domain http://oglink.it.
Most of the links that contain that domain are affiliate links, sometimes I use that URL shortener just for convenience too, it's my private domain so unless I get hacked, you can always trust those links to take you to the right spot.
When you see a sponsored post, that means that the company or a representative has paid me or exchanged products or services in order for me to publish that post.
Most of the services and products you'll see on my blog are provided for free for review or full use so that I may blog about them. Generally, there are three types of posts you'll see on my blog which may be sponsored posts: spotlight features, reviews or tutorials.
Spotlight features are just an announcement type of post to tell you about the service. This is the closest to what some people would call an advertorial.
Reviews are blog posts about the product or service from a user's perspective and contain my opinion of the product. Tutorials are self-explanatory but contain instructions on how to use the product.
If you'd like to sponsor a post or be featured, please use the self-serve system under the advertise page.
About my reviews
The one type of sponsored post you could be most concerned with is the review type of post because some people think that if I am paid for a review I will only write positive things about it.
You can be sure that when I write a review, my opinion of the product doesn't change based on whether the post is sponsored or not. I will always tell you my honest opinion, I'll include the bad, the good and whether I would recommend the product to you or not. I don't always get paid for reviews; sometimes the review has affiliate links, sometimes they don't.
If you want to contribute a guest blog post, or become a regular contributor to the blog get in touch with me.
You'll see boxes throughout the blog that indicates when there's a special notice or disclosure. I use these to provide context or disclosure to a post.