Every now and again I might review a product or service on my blog. Most often these will be books or an arts event. I am sometimes, though not always, given a copy to review or afforded complimentary tickets as an arts critic. My opinion is not bought for the price of that book (and the postage to Scotland) or tickets to an exhibition or performance. Giving me a book doesn’t mean i will review it, and it certainly doesn’t mean if i choose to post a review that the review will be positive. Same goes for anything I recommend or review.
Why am I explaining this?
The FTC (US) and ACCC (Aus) feels I need to explain that in detail because otherwise, they think you might not be smart enough to see the difference between a real review and a *cash for comment* style review on your own. Also, because I believe in being transparent.
Moreover, If I believe it’s a good product, and the merchant selling said product or service has an affiliate program, I have no issue referring other people to a *good* product/service with an affiliate link, which means I might be paid a commission if you buy the product I recommend. Once again, I tell you this because the FTC and ACCC think I might be willing to sell my reputation for an affiliate commission. They’re wrong. But I have to tell you anyway to discharge my legal responsibility.
If you think it taints the reviews I write on my site, you’re welcome to find an alternative reviews of the same book, product or service. I call it like I see it. But, i’m also trying to fulfil legal and ethical responsibilities as a writer, scholar, and blogger.
I often write about products I enjoy and more often than not the companies have no idea who I am and I’ve not received any consideration. I’ll tell you when that’s the case. Basically, I’m committed to being upfront about the situation.
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Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. She is also a regular contributor to Transpositions and the Big Bible #digidisciple project. See the About page for a lengthier bio and selected publications