Conflict of Interest Disclosure

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You’ve all heard about the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) rules for bloggers – we’re supposed to disclose if we get paid to write something good about somebody or something or if we receive something for free in exchange for a review. I don’t mind the transparency – just seems like the right thing to do, regardless of what the FTC says. So here’s the scoop…

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As you probably already know, I don’t make any money off the blog. There aren’t any ads or links to affiliated sites.  It’s not that I’m opposed to making money, it just isn’t the primary motivator. I have a day job that pays the bills. Blogging is just my method of choice for helping start-ups and small businesses grow.

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I’m not opposed to writing something in exchange for a fee or payment-in-kind. If you are interested in hiring me to do some writing, send me a message and we’ll talk. However, if you want me to endorse a product or service, be aware that I’m only going to endorse something I like and I will let everyone know about our arrangement.

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I don’t receive any free stuff from anybody. Again, I’m not opposed to it so if you want to send me something, feel free to do so. If I do receive something for free and choose to write about it, I will let you know about the freebie in the post. There are no guarantees on whether my opinion will be positive or negative about what you send me. If I like it, I will write good things about it. If I don’t like it, I won’t. Deal?

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The list of Links on the left side of the page are the list of blogs I follow. None of the authors have solicited me to have links to their blogs. I include them because I read them regularly and find them to be worthwhile.

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That’s it. I think I’ve covered it all, but if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

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