This policy is valid from 21 March 2011
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The trust of my readership is very important to me, and so I want you to understand my views on advertising, affiliate programs, and paid reviews
This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.
This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.
Featuring an item on my blog does not represent my endorsement of other products or services associated with the store that has the item I listed.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I want to be clear about these things:
I belong to several affiliate programs, and sometimes the links you see within my blog posts are affiliate links. When you click on them, I have the potential of making a small commission.
Some of the advertising in the right sidebar or at the end of the page comes from affiliate links. I use these programs as defaults when I have open ad spaces that haven’t sold.
I do, on occasion, accept compensation for writing reviews. Generally, this takes the form of a publisher sending me a free book in exchange for blogging my honest opinion of the book.
That being said…
I choose my affiliate partners carefully, either by reputation, or from my own experience with them.
I am frequently re-evaluating the ads that appear here to make sure that they send the right message and advertise products that I can get behind. Sometimes the ad networks I belong to serve up something I’m not too keen on, but generally they do a very good job of being appropriate. And when they don’t, I tweak my settings, or I get rid of the network altogether.
If you do buy something through an ad or affiliate link, your identity is not shared with me – your shopping habits remain anonymous and private.
If I have received any compensation for blogging a product, I will disclose that fact within the post, and I will always give my honest, unbiased opinion.
It’s my goal to keep any money-making opportunities appropriate, tasteful, aesthetically pleasing, and absolutely secondary to the point of this blog (which is to post about the things I love, and have fun doing it).