As you are probably aware, the FCC requires bloggers to disclose if they are monetizing their site. As you are probably not surprised to learn, I am.
Brandingjuggler.com does make use of affiliate links, meaning that when you click on one of those links from the site, it’ll use a tracking cookie to determine if you make a purchase. If you do, it means I’ll earn a commission. If you’re a budding affiliate marketer, you probably know all about this already. If you’re a small business owner, it make be news to you.
I use redirects to clean up the appearance of many of my affiliate links. If you see a link in the /go/ subdirectory, it’s almost always an affiliate link (i.e. http://www.brandingjuggler.com/go/example), although I do occasionally pop other links in that subdirectory because it’s an easy way to noindex them for search engine spiders.
It’s affiliate links and advertisements that make a lot of the great sites and content on the internet free, so I’m always grateful when people make their purchases that way. I’m certainly not trying to pull a fast one on anyone though, so if you choose not to make purchases this way, you can change the privacy settings on your browser to prevent the cookies from tracking you.
To this point, I haven’t received any freebies for this site, but I have for other sites, so it will probably happen in the future. Whether a product or service is provided to me free for a review won’t influence my review. Frankly, there are a lot of good products out there, so I tend to just review the stuff I like and take a pass on reviewing the weak products. As a result, I tend to end up with a lot of positive reviews.
If you have any questions about any of this, you can shoot me a line at brandingjuggler at gmail.