Posts May Contain Affiliate Links. See Disclosure. All opinions my own.

FTC Guidelines for Bloggers

What Does This New Pink Button Mean?

^^^Hey, what’s that?^^^

Because we obviously don’t have enough things to do in a day, the FTC has updated their disclosure guidelines for bloggers. As you know, I have a disclosure page and I disclose at the end of each post any material connection to products/services mentioned on this site.  Apparently, that’s not enough, because by the time you get to the end of a post, you may have already clicked on a link.  Now I have to put it up top.

FTC Logo

Can we say overkill?

Here are the buttons you might see up there…

Press SampleSponsored ContentI bought it!<–JK

And here’s what they mean…

Press Sample<–Acceptance of Free Products, Services, etc.

I received free products, services, tickets, invitations, etc, from a company, organization or individual in consideration for review publication.  I am not required to publish a positive review, and all opinions stated are my own.

Sponsored Content<–Advertising

I was paid, whether directly or indirectly, for content.  Where no opinion is stated, it is purely advertorial in nature.  Where an opinion is stated, it is 100% my own- whether good, bad, or ugly.

May Contain Affiliate Links<–Affiliate Links

I use affiliate links every chance I get. These links allow me to earn credit or a portion of the proceeds for any sale or action converted when readers (i.e. you) click on them.  You can bet if there’s a link to Amazon it is an affiliate link! While I do occasionally manually insert affiliate links, it is typically done automatically through an ad service that passes all links on my site through a third party filter to check if the site being linked to has an affiliate program.  If so, I will be credited for any sales generated through that link and will receive a portion of the proceeds. The page that is displayed, after being redirected through the filter, will be the page that was initially linked to. At no time is a link redirected to any page other than the one that was originally linked to.  Because I use services that automatically create affiliate links, I may not always be aware of their inclusion, so you will see this May Contain Affiliate Links at the end of each post.

I’ll Always Be Honest

When I state my opinion on a product or service, it it just that, my opinion.  While the space on my site may be monetized, my opinion cannot be bought or sold.  I will never intentionally endorse a product/service that I cannot stand behind.  My site is a family friendly site, and all products/services on my site are screened with that in mind.

I appreciate you, thanks for stopping by, and thanks for coming back!

For those of you that are also bloggers, I used this button generator and the Easy Shortcode Buttons Plugin to create, customize, and install my buttons.

Posts may contain affiliate links. See Disclosure. All Opinions are My Own
About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.

Comments

  1. Ugh, I wish this wasn’t happening… but thanks for sharing the button generator! I like this idea!

  2. Great post, thanks for sharing!

  3. Yes this is a pain in my butt – because who likes change – but on all honesty it’s not THAT much of a change if you were disclosing (at the bottom) in the first place. THANK YOU for the button generator and plugin links… AWESOME! I like when my life is made easier 😉 Sharing this!

  4. Thanks for the tip on the button generator. I will check this out as an option for sure!!

  5. The FTC stuff is annoying on tweets! I’m fine on posts but every tweet….:p

  6. I had just put in a shortcode plug-in, but thanks for that button generator. Another step saved! Are you putting it in your html or in a hook?

  7. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Thanks for the button generator guide!

  9. Thanks so much for this! I’m having a hard time staying on top of everything. At this point it’d almost be easier to just assume everything on a blog is paid and just disclose what’s not. Less work that way!

  10. Uggh…I can barely keep up with all this! Thanks though!

  11. I am new to blogging – this information is extremely helpful. Thanks for sharing!