As of December 1, 2009 the FTC started requiring bloggers to disclose any compensation they received related to their blog, and quite frankly I missed the announcement. A casual remark in an article in a photography magazine prompted me to do some research, and because I have affiliate links and have received forms of compensation from third-party companies as a result of information posted in my blog, I am required to disclose that to my readers.
I now have a link in my side-bar to my
Disclosure Policy which states:
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me, Lori Carey. Every post and page is my own creation unless I state otherwise in the post.
When I review or endorse a product or service, it is something that I personally own and use that I think may be of interest to other photographers and adventurers. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
From time to time I have been asked to beta test a new version of a product. If the Non-Disclosure Agreement allows me to blog about my experience with the product I will only do so if I am permitted to be 100% honest in my review - good and bad. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own - no one pays for me for a favorable review. If I am compensated in any way I will disclose that in my post, and any compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog.
I have a couple affiliate links on my site. I am an Amazon Affiliate member and I have linked to a few trail guides that I recommend. These are my favorite trail books in my personal library. If you purchase any product at Amazon through the link on my site I receive a (very) small percentage of the sale...usually not even enough for a cup of coffee... but any monies received are used to help offset the cost of running this site. There is no mark-up, you pay the same price you'd pay if you went directly to amazon.com. If you've found information on my blog that has helped you and you want a great way to say thanks, next time you plan to purchase from Amazon you can click on my affiliate link and help support my site.
I also have an affiliate relationship with All Things Jeep. They have some really neat Jeep-related and logo'd products. As with Amazon, if you purchase anything from them through the link on my site there is no additional mark-up to you and I receive a tiny percentage of the sale.
My website is hosted by SmugMug and from time to time I may recommend them or I may write a how-to post. I've been a Pro member with them for four years and if there is every anything wrong with my site it's probably entirely my fault because I have a bad habit of always needing to play with things. During the four years I have been with SmugMug I have received two camera straps and a couple stickers and you'll see those straps on my cameras. These were not given to me in return for saying great things about SmugMug, they are available to all SmugMug members (and they are very comfy, so if you are with SmugMug make sure to get yours!). If you use my Discount Code to give them a try you receive a $5 discount and I receive a $10 discount off my renewal, but in all honestly they usually have a better discount offer available.
I have developed many personal relationships with people as a result of the information I share on my blog. I value those relationships greatly and take great pride that people trust and seek out my opinion. If you ever have any concerns or questions about information I have posted please feel free to Contact Me.