The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that I publish the guidelines concerning any affiliate links or product reviews you see on this website or my blogs.
The Federal Trade Commission requires that I disclose any relationship I have with a product manufacturer or service provider when I tell you about a product or service.
Here are the guidelines that I operate under at Language Learners Journal and The Positivity Productive Project.
- Most of the times when I mention a product in a post, column, tweet, newsletter or video, I do so as a part of my own language learning, but sometimes I do so as a business. I invest my own time (and sometimes money) to review and test products. If I’m ever paid commission to do a review, it will be clearly annotated. This will be at no extra cost to you and might even save you some money due to the relationships, I have established with my affiliates.
- To help manage the running costs incurred by this site from time-to-time we may use affiliate links or sponsored posts to sell certain products or services. Language Learners Journal is a participant in the Amazon Associates Program, Udemy, & WordPress.com Affiliate Program, However, all opinions are that of my own. Language Learners Journal and The Positively Productive Project participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk or endless.com. Pages on this site may include affiliate links to Amazon and it’s affiliate sites on which the owner of this website will make a small referral commission.
- I only recommend products and services that I personally use and also feel would be a valuable asset to other language learners and keep within the values of both Language Learners Journal and The Positivity Productive Project.
- I don’t always pay for the products that I test. They’re sent to me via the manufacturer. In almost all cases, the manufacturer approaches me first via a press release, email or a phone call. If I feel it’s a product you might get benefit from, then I request they send me the product. If I feel it isn’t something that will benefit my readers I will decline the offer.
- Most of the products that I test are digital. I don’t return the products after I test them. In certain cases, the product expires, is used up or I broke it, whoops. In other cases, the product may get damaged during the testing phase.
- If I create a link to a product in a review or on a post, sometimes (not always) I get paid a commission if you purchase the product or service. This does not cost you anything extra – if anything you might get a better deal and even save some money as I have built up good relationships with my affiliates. Money earned supports the websites that I manage and will help fund local community and online language projects. I’ll disclose in the review if I am earning any commission from it. Please note if you don’t see that disclosure, that means I’m not getting paid any commission.
- If you click a link from one of my columns or newsletters and it delivers you to a website selling a product (e.g. Amazon.co.uk ), you can assume I get a small commission from that website should you buy.
These are the good rules and practices that are required 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 as part of a review of a product, that reviewer may be violating the law or at the very least the Code of Ethics.