As of December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.
I finished the Disclosure page today. It was pretty simple, I recommend doing what I did. I went to a few blogs by some fellow bloggers that I follow on a regular basis, these sites and the people who created them are my inspiration for creating PunkTheSystem. I found a couple of disclosures that were very similar to each other and had a relaxed vibe to it, what they had wasn’t full of legal terminology and jargon which fit my style. I look up to these bloggers and feel this is fitting for my site. So I copied their disclosure statements, combined them, reworded it to fit my writing style and there you have it. These guys did the same thing for their’s and recommended to me that I do the same, as should you.
Why have a disclosure statement you ask?
First of all it is required if you’re planning on receiving some type of compensation from your blog. Second, I want to be completely open, honest, and sincere so I feel it is the dignified thing to do. I don’t want people coming to my site and feeling like they’ve been duped or that I’ve created this site just to impose a sale upon them. Yes, I do this because I make money doing it, but I only recommend the products I use and know. Which in turn is the best and easiest way to make a sale, but remember, I do this because of the location independent lifestyle I am allowed to live by making money this way, how I make money from this, allows me to live this way. I also do this because sharing my knowledge and teaching others is beneficial to me and the people who learn from me. How many jobs allow you to do things that benefit other people and yourself? Not too many…
So, that being said, go make yourself a disclosure page, explain to the people coming to your site your true intentions.
Visit My Disclosure Page HERE