Thank you for stopping in to read my disclosure policy!
In short, some of the links in my posts are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you choose to make a purchase. I am very grateful for your support of this site in this way! Of utmost importance to me is sharing information that will be useful to you while I maintain integrity and trust, please read on to learn more.
My goal in blogging is to provide helpful tips, tools and tutorials for *very* small business owners. I cover topics such as how to be more efficient with your email, what the heck is SEO and how to raise your page rank in Google, and my advice on your best social media tool.
The information you see, on this site and in my newsletter, is free to readers and subscribers, but represents many, many hours of time and research for me. As such, I feel compensation is appropriate so I have agreements with some companies who pay me. I’ve worked hard to make this process very unobtrusive to you, my visitors.
Very occasionally, I accept advertising but most often I participate in affiliate programs. Both provide some income and allow me to devote time and energy to the growth and upkeep of this site.
You have my word, I will only promote products I personally use or can recommend without hesitation.
Integrity is important to me. Gaining and keeping the trust of my readers is paramount.
What I do and don’t promote
- The majority of the products or services I promote I have paid for personally. My Day Designer Planner planner is a great example. I paid full retail price for this planner (and many other planners before it). I promote it because it is THE BEST PLANNER I have EVER used and I want to sing it from the rooftops (I need to save my affiliate pennies so I can buy next year's planner when it's time!).
- Sometimes I promote products I have used personally without paying for, but still feel comfortable recommending via an affiliate link. Books are a good example. I will link to books on Amazon (mainly to read the reviews), like my resource book lists, some of which I own personally and others I have checked out from the library (always my first recommendation).
- I also promote products I haven’t paid for when they have valuable free information attached to them. Online courses, like those provided by Creative Live are an example. They work like this: the course takes place over the course of a few specified days during which the training is available for free to anyone who tunes in. Anyone who misses the free airing has the choice to purchase the replays.
- Sometimes I will promote a product I am not currently a paying customer for, but have been a paying customer in the past. For instance, I found great value in the years I spent in Tara Swiger's Starship program and still share it as a great resource for small businesses looking to gain accountability.
- Very rarely I will promote a product I have not paid for but comes highly recommended by people I trust. I can’t think of an example as it happens so infrequently.
I do my best to look at potential promoted products / services through the eyes of a customer. I ask myself if I would pay for it. After all, if I don’t think it’s worth paying for myself, I’d better have a really good reason to convince you to buy it.
Additional legal stuff just to make sure things are covered
What is an affiliate link / referral link? Sprinkled throughout this site and my newsletter you will see references to my use of affiliate links or referral links. These references are called disclosures and are a requirement as put forth by the FTC here in the U.S.
They are there to inform you I have a relationship with a particular product or service and if you choose to purchase that product or service via my affiliate link, I will get a small commission. Of course, this is at no extra cost to you, but it does help keep me in the studio and sharing great tips and resources with you! I truly appreciate your support in this way. Thank you.
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