To comply with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruling over bloggers getting paid to write stuff, I offer the following disclosure. If you’re reading my blog, you should assume the following:
I publish the Energy Boomer Blog because I like writing about helping folks save money on their energy bills. However, I would not do this if the blog was not self supporting.
The Energy Boomer Blog is operated as a business. The IRS will not let folks deduct business expenses unless you have a profit every few years, so I make a profit.
I make money from articles that I post on this blog. If I’m not making money from a blog post, then it was an oversight on my part and it will be corrected soon.
Most every link on this blog is a paid link. If it is not a paid link, then it was put there as a benefit to my readers.
Some products I write about on this blog, I get for free. If I didn’t get it for free, I bought it so I could review it to make money on the review article posted on my blog.
So how do I make money on the Energy Boomer Blog?
Energy Boomer is an Amazon affiliate. Birney Summers receives a percentage of the purchase price on anything you buy through one of the Amazon Shopping links. I make a commission on any items that that you buy after you got there from my blog.
I also get money from folks like Google who have ads on the site. But, you could probably figure that out on your own.
I make money selling advertising space on my blog just like a magazine or newspaper sells advertising space.
I make money selling my Special Report: How to Save Money on Air Conditioning.
When I’m given free products to review I’ll tell you I got free stuff when I review it. The fact that it is free will not prevent me from writing what I really think about the product after I have had a chance to try it out. After I write a review, I’ll either keep the product for my own use, give it away or throw it away.
Just because I get paid to blog does NOT mean I will give your product or your company a positive review, blog post or endorsement. As a matter of fact, chances are pretty high that you might not like what I write about your product.
The Federal Trade Commission demands that we tell you all this—they think you're idiots and they are violating the First Amendment with their regulation of what bloggers publish—but it's also a friendly reminder to Support the Energy Boomer blog by starting all your Christmas shopping here.
Thanks for reading and supporting the Energy Boomer blog since March 2007; your comments and thoughtful input are inspiring.
This disclosure policy was sponsored by Amazon. Yes, I make money on my disclosure statement as well! Now that we've complied with federal regulations, how about a little shopping for Home Improvement items?