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
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