Legally, Only One Small Thing cannot take gifts or money without disclosing it, so this is a full explanation of how and when I am compensated on OnlyOneSmallThing.com.
In order to keep all the content of my blog free, but still be able to pay all the costs associated with running this site, including hosting fees, blog design, my own time and that of those who help me, there are many ways in which I am compensated. These include but are not limited to; cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. Put simply, while Only One Small Thing is a personal passion, I do accept various forms of payment so that I can get paid to keep it going!
MY OPINION AND MY INTEGRITY
My integrity as a blogger is extremely important to me and I believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely mine, and I will never promote something, even if I am offered compensation for that promotion if I don’t believe in it.
Honestly, I find it impossible to promote items I don’t like, therefore if I am recommending a product it is because I truly like it and feel it is worth your time, energy, or money. In short; I will never knowingly lie or mislead you just because I think it may make me a few bucks and I don’t write fake reviews so I’m not going to pretend to love something when in reality I think it’s awful. It’s just not who I am and I value you, my readers, far too much to mislead you!
A core source of revenue for Only One Small Thing is the commission I make off from sales or leads generated through affiliate linking.
Again, it is important for me to emphasize that I will never link to something just because it is an affiliate link. In fact, most of the places/ stores/ coupons I link to have no affiliate association attached.
Often the reverse is true; I may find a company I like and recommend, that I was planning on writing about anyway, and then, after the post is already written, I will look to see if there is an affiliate program available.
Just to be clear, clicking on an affiliate link and printing a coupon or signing up for a service or ordering a product will be earning me a commission & helping me keep this blog going.
As a general rule, I do not do paid product reviews. If I accept free items from marketers or companies, and discuss the item here, or social media, I will disclose that I received the item for free. If I’m discussing a product and never mention that it was free, it’s because I purchased it myself!
Occasionally companies may offer to sponsor or underwrite a post in order to expose the Only One Small Thing audience to their brand. These posts are written solely by me on a subject or topic selected by me, but agreed upon by the company I am working with. These posts represent my own honest opinion and are not reviewed or edited by the company prior to publication. Be assured that I will only work with companies whose values align with those represented on this blog, and I will only write content that I think would be of genuine interest to you, my readers. Sponsored/underwritten posts will always be clearly disclosed as such.
If you have any concerns about this policy, please feel free to contact me.