Scale Area is funded by advertisements and affiliate relationships. However, we always have and will continue to only personally recommend or endorse something if we feel that it would be of value to the readers. If we find a product or service that has helped in our financial lives we will let you know about it. If a product or tool isn’t worth it we will tell you as well. The purpose of endorsing products or services is for your benefit, not ours. We will tell you about great or interesting products and services that we find regardless of whether we receive any compensation from them.
That said, there are times when we are already talking about or recommending a product that offers a referral program. When we find this to be the case we create an affiliate relationship with that company and then receive compensation for referrals. But to reiterate, we will never endorse a product or service that we don’t believe will help the readers regardless of compensation.
Some examples of Affiliate relationships that help fund this site are: ING Direct, Ebates, Amazon, Ebay, Shopping, Commission Junction, ShareASale, LinkShare, LinkConnector, ClickBank and Sharebuilder. Each one of them are products or services that we recommend and they also have some sort of affiliate or referral program as well. These are what we love because we can help readers by pointing them to good resources and tools and help fund Scale Area in the process.
On the other hand when our opinions about products change we let it be known (knowing full well that it will reduce compensation). We are well aware that earning the trust of our readers is far more valuable than the commission from few affiliate sales.
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Plain English Affiliate Disclosure
The disclosure that follows is our attempt to fully comply with the FTC’s policy that demands we be transparent about any and all affiliate relations we may have on this website. In plain English you, the visitor or customer, should assume that any and all links on this site are affiliate links. If you click on these links and go visit the resulting site, a cookie will be set in your web browser that will cause us to receive a commission “IF” you purchase a product on the other end. This is a legitimate way to monetize and pay for the operation of web sites and we gladly reveal our affiliate relationships to you.
In addition we fully disclose that hyperlinks on this site are in most cases shortened, and in some cases cloaked to hide long ugly links for functionality and tracking purposes. We have nothing to hide and we are proud of our relationship with the fine vendors, products and services found on this site. Link tracking, shortening and cloaking is a very common practice on all types of web sites.
Further, We do not receive physical products or cash directly in exchange for any reviews or posts you find on this site. No one has paid us to do reviews or posts. We have to tell you that it is possible that our reviews and posts are influenced by our affiliate relationships and may create a conflict of interest. We do not believe a conflict of interest exists, but you, the visitor or customer, must decide by considering the affiliate relationships and link techniques we have described. Obviously we would like you to buy the service or products we write about and we are influenced by that fact. We avoid conflict by only reviewing or posting about products and services we trust. We strive to always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on topics or products we write about and promote.
Other vendors may also pay to place advertising on our sites in the form of banners, widgets, and hyperlinks. These are paid advertisements and while we do our best to only allow quality products and services to be advertised on our site, we are not responsible for claims or testimonials made on paid advertising links.
The following represents a more legally worded document but basically states the same information presented in the English Translation above.
Compensation & Affiliate Disclaimer Policy
As directed by the FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION, (see 16 CFR Part 255) – Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, the purpose of this policy is to establish any compensatory affiliation between the site owner and affiliate networks Amazon, Clickbank, Commission Junction, Google, Share-A-Sale and any individual vendors they represent and that the site owner has established an affiliate relationship.
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by the site owner. For questions about this blog, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This blog may at times accept forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of affiliate compensation.
The compensation received may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content. Not all content is written or presented for the sole purpose of receiving affiliate income.
The owner(s) of this blog/or website is compensated through various affiliate programs and some content presents opinions on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog may receive affiliate compensation for posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog/or website are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.
This blog/or website does contain some content which may or may not present a conflict of interest. This content may not always be immediately identified due to the nature of blogging and posting methods. When possible every attempt will be made to identify advertising from general non-advertising content.