The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that bloggers disclose any relationships they have with companies they write about on their blog. The idea is that readers need to be able to judge for themselves whether or not the blogger is giving honest assessments or whether they are being influenced by free products or other compensation.
Creating the content I provide on Diabetic Foodie takes a lot of time and I do spend a lot on groceries, so I look for compensation where I can find it. Here are some of the circumstances under which I will mention specific companies on this blog.
If I receive payment from a company for mentioning them or one of their products in a post, it is called a sponsored post. For example, I might receive money or a gift card in exchange for developing a recipe using a specific product. The important thing to note here is that I only accept sponsored posts for products I know I like or that I think my readers will enjoy. If I say I like something, know that I truly do and no one paid me to say that.
Book and Product Reviews
Publishers and other companies often send me books and other products to review. There is never a commitment on my part that I will say good things about the product because I received it for free. If I really, really hate something, I probably won’t write about it at all. I may occasionally recruit readers, friends and/or family members to give me their opinions of the products as well.
Sometimes companies provide me with products to give away to one or more lucky readers. Unless otherwise stated, these are my rules for all giveaways:
- Participants must be U.S. residents, aged 18 or older.
- Winners are chosen randomly either via a tool such as Rafflecopter or a manual selection process using random.org.
- Winners will be contacted via email, so if you leave a bogus email address, I will have no way of getting in touch with you.
- If you do not respond to my email within 48 hours, I will select another winner.
- To receive your prize, you must provide a legitimate U.S. mailing address and phone number. This information will only be used for the purpose of shipping your product(s).
- Diabetic Foodie is not responsible for problems caused by email glitches, weather events, lost packages or any other problems regarding communication and/or shipment.
Almost all of the content on this blog is written by Shelby Kinnaird, aka Diabetic Foodie. Occasionally, if I get busy or have an unusual life event, I may feature guest posts from other bloggers. If the content is not my own, it will be disclosed at the beginning of the post. I never accept guest posts from authors whose sole purpose is to share links.
I occasionally participate in affiliate advertising programs. Affiliate programs provide a way for websites to earn fees by linking to and advertising for other websites (e.g. Amazon.com). For example, if I reference a specific cookbook in a post and provide a link to where you can buy that book, I may receive a small commission if you follow the link and make a purchase. If I provide a link to where you can obtain some free diabetic snack bars, I may receive a small fee if you request the bars.
So far I have resisted the urge to display ads on my blog, but this doesn’t mean I won’t do it in the future.
Note: Some of my posts were written before the FTC disclosure requirements went into effect in 2013. I am in the process of putting the appropriate disclosures on my old posts. If you find one that hasn’t been updated, please let me know.