When we read content, even on the Internet, it is only natural that we want it to be reliable and accurate. If we cannot trust the source, then we are unlikely to stick around. Trust matters.
This is a personal blog, written and edited by me. I have never thought of myself as a journalist when it comes to writing this blog. My writing reflects my opinions, and I strive to be open about what I think. Expect me to be honest with you here.
This blog does accept various forms of advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. For example, I am an Amazon affiliate, meaning that I receive a (small) percentage of the purchase price on anything you buy through one of the links to Amazon.com on this blog. I also receive compensation from the various ads generated by third-party ad networks that appear on this blog.
Evidently, the Federal Trade Commission now believes that most people are too stupid to figure this out for themselves when they visit a blog or website! I guess some people don’t realize that bloggers may make money from ads.
This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards, meaning that I believe in honesty of relationship, opinion, and identity. The compensation I receive may influence the advertising content, topics, or posts made in this blog. If it does influence post content, the post will be clearly identified as containing sponsored content.
What I will not do is allow any form of compensation to influence the evaluations of goods or services I convey in my post content. That is, I will never recommend something in a post merely because I have been paid to do so. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone. I will only endorse products or services that I believe, based on my expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.
What About Freebies?
Once in awhile, I am contacted by someone wanting to send me something for free (usually their latest book) so that I will review it and share my impressions with you. I generally decline these requests.
My policy on receiving free materials to review here is quite simple: I am not going to provide a positive review in exchange for freebies. In the unlikely event that I agreed to review your product, I would clearly identify in my review whether the item was provided for free so that readers are aware of any potential conflict of interest.
Thanks for reading and supporting Jerry Smales since 2017. I hope to live up to your expectations and give you a reason to return.
This policy is valid from 22 July 2017
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