In light of the recent changes in laws by the FTC, I felt that I should clean my slate to let you know about any and all compensation that I might be receiving for my content, links, words, and remarks. This includes, my blog, and my social network profiles. Even though I am legally obligated to mention these details going forward, you have no idea about my previous content, unless I have explicitly told you. (Something I try to remember to do anyway for credibility’s sake.)
I do not receive any compensation directly for any of my blog posts, but I do have relationships with certain vendors and companies. For example, my full-time job is with RezHub, where we focus on green travel. However, I do not get any extra compensation or benefits from mentioning them or linking to the RezHub website. Whenever I announce anything about RezHub, it is simply because I am excited about it.
This is the trend for nearly all of my blog posts… If I mention an event, product, service, or company, there’s reason other than compensation for it. I do not mention a product or company unless it falls under one or more of the criteria below:
That being said, I am not opposed to blogging about a product, company, or service for compensation. But I will stick to my guns in terms of being honest. I will not say something positive about a product without believing in that product myself.
I am going to list the other companies that I have mentioned and have a relationship with, and an explanation of that relationship. But before you read the list, know this… I disclose to everyone I talk about that I will be brutally honest. If there is something I do not like about your product or service, and I think that it would be valuable to my readers, then I am going to mention it.
That’s about it. If I think of any other relationships I have with a commercial product, service, or company, I will leave a comment here. Additionally, if you know of one that I missed, feel free to call me out in the comments below. ;)