In the interest of being completely honest about my compensation for mentions of brands on SSM, as from 1 September 2016 I will state a disclosure level code at the end of each post that mentions a product, service or location, however please note that even if compensated for a mention on my blog I don’t ever have to say anything I don’t want to and therefore only recommend products, services or locations I personally enjoyed using and visiting and those I believe will be of value for my readers. I always insist that despite receiving compensation I am not required to write a positive review and that all opinions expressed on this blog are my own.
If no compensation level is listed, it is to be assumed that there was no compensation involved with the post or any products, services or locations mentioned in the post and that said items or experiences were paid for by the blogger at full price.
“Influence with Integrity”
0: The blogger has no significant relationship with any product, service or brand mentioned in this post.
1: The product or service mentioned was provided to the blogger free of charge (or at a considerable discount not available to the public). The blogger was NOT compensated financially to blog about the product or service and was not required or obliged to blog about the product or service and any features appear at the writer’s/ blogger’s discretion.
2: The product or service mentioned was provided free of charge and the blogger was compensated to post about the product or service.
3: Products or services were provided to the blogger to give away in a contest.
4: Products or services were provided to the blogger to give away in a contest and to keep for his/her own use or for review.
5: The blogger was compensated for administering this contest.
6: The product or service mentioned advertises directly with the blogger’s website.
7: The blogger was compensated to write this post. While the blogger’s opinions in the post are authentic, talking points may have been suggested by the sponsor.
8: The blogger was provided with transportation, food, lodging, tickets, and/or other incidentals for the trip mentioned in this post.
9: The blogger was compensated for inserting links from a specific website into this post or some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
10: The blogger was compensated for including a product in pictures or videos in this post.
11: The blogger was compensated for attending and/or posting about the event mentioned in this post.
12: Although not specifically compensated for this post, the blogger has an ongoing relationship with a company or person connected with a product, service or location mentioned in this post that the blogger feels may have influenced his/her decision to post about it.
Compensation refers to cash, gifts, products or services.
Transportation to and from a local event and food consumed at an event are not regarded as compensation.
If I receive free products of minimal value in a goodie bag at an event that are being given to all attendees, I do not consider these items as compensation and will not necessarily disclose them when talking about a product.
The existing numbers for the compensation levels will never change. However, additional numbers may be added, without notice.