The FTC has laws about bloggers getting paid for stuff, so in order to comply and be completely transparent, here is my disclosure policy.
There are many reasons why I love to blog. First and foremost I am passionate about family life. Being a good wife and a good mom and raising great kids isn’t easy, and I love sharing anything I have learned in the hopes that it will help someone else along this journey.
And I love to write. I have notebooks and paper scraps, receipts and the back of used envelopes full of notes and verses, stories and lists. I have a little panic attack if I don’t have a pen handy. Writing is like breathing to me… I can’t survive without it.
After all of that, I love the chance to stay home with my family and still be able to bring in some money to help with the family finances. Let’s face it — family life is not cheap! That’s where this disclosure comes in.
I am always on the lookout for ways to make money blogging while still maintaining my integrity. So far that means affiliate links and ads.
Affiliates: I am an affiliate for several companies and products, including Amazon, Blendtec, and Get Away Today, as well as others. This means when you use a link on my site to purchase a product, I get a small percentage – a very, very small percentage in some cases. Often I get a percentage when you purchase another item on the site even if it’s not the one I linked to. The price you pay is the same whether you use my link or not, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate it when you support Forty Eighteen by shopping through my affiliate links.
Ads: Ads on blogs have really never bothered me, so I hope that’s true for you as well. I get a ridiculously small percentage for getting a certain number of views of the ads on my site, and a slightly larger percentage when readers actually click through those ads.
How was that for a bunch of blah blah blah?
Well, here’s a little more. Amazon requires this statement:
fortyeighteen.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com
Bottom line: I am dedicated to finding ways to support my family through blogging and also remaining true to my own values. My family and my integrity are always first on my mind. Any time I am being compensated for something I will let you know, and I will also always tell you the truth.
Even if someone wants to give me a free cabin in the mountain for a review on the blog… I will tell you exactly what I think about it, 100% authentic honesty. Seriously, if you know anyone who wants to giveaway a free cabin in the mountains, you know how to reach me…