In the interest of being completely honest about my compensation for mentions of establishments or places I have visited, I will state a disclosure level code at the end of each post.
Please note that even if compensated for a review, I will only recommend places I personally enjoyed visiting and those I believe will be of value to my readers. Despite receiving compensation, I am not required to write a positive review and 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 and that the mentioned experiences were paid for by me at full price.
Compensation may be in cash or kind -as in a free stay.
Level 0: The blogger has no significant relationship with any product, service or brand mentioned in this post.
Level 1: The product or service mentioned was provided to the blogger free of charge (or at a considerable discount not available to the public).
Level 2: The product or service mentioned was provided free of charge and the blogger was compensated to post about the product or service.
Level 3: The blogger was compensated for inserting links from a specific website into this post.
Level 4: The blogger was compensated for including a product in pictures or videos in this post.
Level 5: The blogger was compensated for attending the event mentioned in this post.
Level 6: The blogger was compensated for posting about the event mentioned in this post.
Level 7: The blogger was provided with lodging, food and/or other incidentals for the trip mentioned in this post.
Level 8: 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.
Level 9: Products or services were provided to the blogger to give away in a contest.
Level 10: 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.
Level 11: The blogger was compensated for administering this contest.
Level 12: The product or service mentioned advertises directly with the blogger’s website.
Level 13: This is a sponsored post.
Level 14: The blogger is under contract with the company, product or service mentioned in this post. While not specifically paid for this post, the blogger is paid by the company to attend events and write about the company/product/service. The blogger receives free samples of the product, special access to the company, and all of the blogger’s costs are covered when attending events related to the company.
Level 15: The blogger works for the company mentioned in the post on a freelance basis.
Level 16: 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.
Level 17: Blog post contains an affiliate link.
If the blogger is given free products of minimal value at a conference, event or meeting that are being given to all attendees, such as bags, books, water bottles, small product samples, coupons, etc., he/she does not consider these items as compensation and will not necessarily disclose them when talking about a product.
Please feel free to link to this page from your own posts, or copy and paste it into your own disclosure page. You may change it as you wish to suit your individual disclosure needs.
Thank you to Amy at Selfish Mom for the disclosure template.