I’m going to be very honest right here. I’m going to make one simple statement, and that’s gonna say it all. After that it’s all fine print.
Here is the statement: I am using this blog to make money.
There. Phew! That wasn’t so hard, was it? Just wanted to get that clear from the get-go. I want you to know that you can trust me, so I want to be very straightforward about what is going on on my blog.
There are a few ways I am going about this money-making thing:
1) Ads on my website. This is a slightly tricky area, because these will not always be products or services that I agree with. Many of them are determined by the reader’s search patterns (cookies are used by Google and other third-party vendors*), so hopefully that means they won’t be too bad. If a truly offensive one pops up, let me know.
2) Sponsored posts. Occasionally I may write an entire post for which I am being compensated in the form of goods, services, or money. In that case, however, the opinion given will be entirely my own. And I am very fallible, so you will want to verify any claims or facts or statistics or anything else that I state with your own research. But I will always let you know on the post itself if it has been sponsored.
3) Referral Links (also called Affiliate Links). These are links to products from which I will earn a small commission if you click through and purchase, and they are always clearly labelled as such. Also, we are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
The FCC has pretty clear guidelines about letting readers know about the forms of marketing that they are being exposed to. I want to abide by those guidelines because I want you to be able to believe what I say and to enjoy your time on my blog. Part of that enjoyment is you being able to relax and know that I WILL inform you of whatever you need to know.
So with that being said, please feel free to do just that – relax and enjoy yourself here. This is just a fun gabfest among friends. (Granted, one of them is trying to pay the bills… but you get what I mean.) :-) If you have any concerns or questions, by all means please email me: ann at annieandeverything dot com.