(Thanks to author Tim Ferriss for the reminder and inspiration that I needed a similar page to his)
So first things first, my primary motivation for this blog is to share ideas that I think might be helpful to you. If I miss that mark, I’m doing this wrong.
That being said, there are opportunities for financial and personal gain in the blogosphere, and I’m not above picking up money on the table.
I’ll go ahead and steal a quotation from Tim’s blog here for the explanations…
That said, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.
Per the FTC rules, if I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to specify this. Ditto if I use an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo, same deal. Disclaimers all over the place.
This would be tedious for me and a continual eye sore for readers. But rules is rules.
Same story here, and the same rules apply to me as well. If I’m interviewing someone, giving an endorsement, linking to another site, talking about a product – please assume all of the following: