Beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.
First, the obvious: I am a tech investor and adviser. Here are some of the businesses I work with or am closely associated with.
Second, the less obvious: If I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to specify this, as I would if I use an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo, ditto. Disclaimers all over.
I don’t always include disclaimers or disclosures inline because the disclosure language may not always flow well with the content of that page.
To cover my ass and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every recommendation, link, and product I use, and of the following may hold true:
Please feel free to use the text and images on this page with proper attribution. There is no reason why each blogger should have to reinvent the wheel.