This policy is valid from 24 July 2018
This blog is a collaborative blog written by a group of individuals.
This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity.
The owner of this blog and other authors appearing in this blog are NOT compensated to provide preordained opinions on products, services, websites and other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blogger’s own, or those of his guest bloggers.
Any solicitation from a brand or agency which mentions any ‘astroturfing’ proposal (meaning a proposal for this blog to unethically collude to produce “preordained as positive” content in a “quid pro quo” manner) will be reported to the FTC.
☝️So, letting you know now, don’t ask. . . If you’re a brand and you want my honest opinion (which might be favorable to you, or even unfavorable to you. That’s under my control – NOT YOURS) that’s one thing, but I will never agree to a “preordained as positive” article, video, etc.
This blog exists to give information to visitors and subscribers; this blog does NOT exist to help brands and agencies.
Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. Because compensation could, in theory, influence the topics, content, discourse, etc. seen in a blog, any such content, article, advertising space, video, etc will be clearly marked as paid or sponsor’s content. Any content on this blog related to any agency or brand-based “campaign” will be clearly marked as such, if and only if the campaign creators or agency inform the writer, in advance and with detailed information, of said “campaign”. That status must be in email form or other written form and communicated BEFORE content is published. If “campaign status” is revealed, with or without intent, by a brand or agency or partner, or discovered, with or without intent, by the content writer or any regulator or committee or investigator, etc AFTER content is published, this blog will NOT publish disclaimers in retrograde. Any demands for specific retrograde disclaimers pertaining to previously unknown specific information will be fully opposed by this blog or its legal counsel. All allusions to the production of dishonest content will be ignored. All requests for production of dishonest content will be immediately reported to the FTC.
As of the date listed at the start of this disclosure statement, no cash or monetary compensation has been received. As stated above, any gift received is given on a brand’s own accord and discretion, never preordained, never predetermined, never pre-arranged, not “quid pro quo”, not coerced, and never the consequence of nor contingent to the publishing of specific content.