Disclosure Policy for Product Reviews/Referrals
Here are the guidelines I operate under at webology.ca:
I never accept money to review a product or service. Product and service referrals are based on my first-hand experience and knowledge.
I pay for my own accounts, services, or products mentioned in my reviews and referrals.
If I create a link to a product in a review, sometimes I may get paid a commission if you purchase the product or service.
If you click a link from one of my articles or newsletters and it delivers you to a website selling that product (e.g. Shopify.com, Rare.io, etc.), I get a small commission from that website should you buy.
And yes, I may refer competing services in different articles on my website. I don’t believe one size fits all. I’ve used all the products and services I recommend. Some have features that are better suited to certain situations, business models, or industries.
These are good rules and practices in today’s digital world. It’s important for you as a consumer to understand the relationship between a person reviewing the product and the manufacturer or service provider. If you don’t see a disclosure policy that reviewer may be violating the law or at the very least a Code of Ethics.
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