I want to be transparent…

I sometimes use Amazon links to direct you to products I think are awesome. If you purchase via that link, I get 4-6% in commission. Just letting you know because I want to be transparent…I appreciate your support if you do decide to purchase from these links.

Why is this importanat? I am telling you this because, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.

I have not interviewed anyone, or been interviewed by anyone (just yet) but I am chucking this in to be safe: As per the FTC rules, if I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to specify this. Ditto 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, same deal. Disclaimers all over the place.

This would be tedious for me and a continual eye sore for readers. But rules is rules.

To cover my ass and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every recommendation, link, and product I use, the following all hold true:

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(Illustrations courtesy of Louis Gray and Jeannine Schafer)

Thank you Tim Ferris for the disclosure text and info-graphics.