The FTC requires us to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.
First, the obvious: We are, among other things, Information Brokers and Web Consultants. We have relationships with vendors.
Second, the less obvious: Per the FTC rules, if for example, we interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, we would need to specify this. Ditto if we use an Amazon link that gets us 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets us 0 cents. If someone gives us a comfy t-shirt with a logo and we wear it in a photo, same deal… Disclaimers would be required all over the place.
This would be tedious for us and a continual eye sore for readers. But rules is rules…
To cover the disclosure requirements, please assume that, for every recommendation, link, and product mentioned, posted, or even merely thought of or contemplated, the following all hold true:
We got, or probably will get, fed.
We got some, or probably will get some, sweet gadgets.
We got, or probably will get, busy, with anyone.
We received, or probably will receive, some awesome dough, pay, bread, stocks, stock options, money, stuff, and anything else you can think of which did, or will, enrich ourselves.
That said, why don’t you go ahead and visit our Supporters or Donations pages and slice off some of that extra bologna of yours for our continued ability to bring you good content, and carry the message of world peace and preservation… Surely we will be forever grateful as we trudge the road to happy destiny. Until then, may you be blessed beyond your wildest dreams.
Attribution: Originally provided via Tim Ferris (http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/ftc-disclosure-blog/ )