Sponsored Posts and Affiliate Relationships

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on August 4, 2009

Time for a little administrative information.

As time has gone on and Frugal Upstate has gained in popularity, I have been offered more and more opportunities.  Some of those opportunities include sponsored posts.

Now I know that I have an official, totally “legalese” disclaimer clearly marked in tabs at the top of my blog that covers both the “I am not an expert” type disclaimers and then farther down contains the “I am sometimes compensated” disclaimer, but I wanted to write something that clearly laid out my philosophy that I could link back to whenever I have a sponsored post.

Right now there is a lot of buzz in the blogosphere about “transparency” when it comes to compensation & payment.  Of course I want to do what those in the business consider fair, ethical and professional-but that is not why I am writing this.  The standard disclaimer covers me as far as that goes.  What I am really concerned about is my relationship with you, my readers.

You all come to me and read what I write because you trust me and believe in me.  If you didn’t come, there might still be a blog~but it would have no reach, no audience!  No one time payment of any type is worth losing your trust forever.

So here is the deal.

The straight scoop.

Yes.  I will do paid campaigns~but only in two cases: #1-that they provide relevance to you, my readers or #2-that they offer a prize or compensation to my readers that is significant.  I promise to let you know clearly when a brand has sponsored a post (ie “Company XYZ offered me the opportunity. . .) but I will not necessarily disclose exactly what the compensation is.

Sometimes these paid campaigns will include asking me to write on a topic and mention their product.  Again if it is relevant to my audience I may choose to do so~but I will always balance mention of the brand with frugal options.  All of these posts will be tagged  as “sponsored”

And let’s face it, if someone offered to send me to Disney with my family and then write about the experience, I’d do it!  But my articles would center around how to enjoy the park on a budget.  Not that anyone has offered :(

Yes. I will do reviews. I will try to have the company to also provide a giveaway in conjunction with the review in order to provide value to you, the reader. Sometimes I will do a review without an associated giveaway. The Energizer battery recharg ers are an example of this.

When I do reviews I will give my honest opinions~both pro’s and con’s.  When applicable I will mention frugal alternatives.  If I receive an item to review and I hate it, I give the company providing the item the courtesy of my feedback in private and then give them the option of whether or not they would like me to publish the review.   All reviews will be tagged as “Review”

Yes.  I will form affiliate relationships. Affiliate relationships are when a blogger gets some sort of commission for readers clicking through or purchasing from a particular company or brand.  These can either be as banners/ads or as text links.  I promise to only choose affiliates that I truly believe in either as a brand or as someone who offers a true value to you, the reader. I will maintain a list of current affiliates at the bottom of this post.  Any post containing affiliate links within the post will be tagged will be tagged  “affiliate”.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me using my contact form.

Current Affiliate Relationships

  • Walmart.com
  • Excalibur.com
  • All You Magazine
  • Amazon.com
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Trish August 4, 2009 at 12:19 pm

You did not need to share all of this with us, yet I find myself grateful to you for your honesty and concern for all of us, your devoted readers! Thank you for considering us in your decisions, and I truly do hope someone offers you that Disney Vacation! Best to you and thank you for this amazing (my favorite!) blog!

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Lisa Martin August 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Reviews and giveaways seem to be clogging up the blog world. Truthfully, they are my least favorite entries to read. I really wish that companies would find a different way to advertise their products. Its turning blogs into one big commercial. Bleh!

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Randy August 8, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Yuck. Money corrupts in blogs as in politics.

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Shannon August 10, 2009 at 4:16 pm

I’m slowly cleaning out my reader of blogs who so reviews/sponsored giveaways. It’s a total snooze. Glad you benefit from it. I wonder when the fad will end…

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Anonymous June 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

To all of those complaining about the blog world being clogged up by ads, be grateful that blog owners like this one take time and go above and beyond what was legally necessary to explain. I value honesty and I’m sure many bloggers do not inform any of their readers when they receive compensation. For anyone “frugal”, wouldn’t you accept money to give your opinion? She clearly says that she only reviews things of relevance. That is caring about her readers and her blog, so I really don’t think there is anything wrong with compensation for reviews.

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate June 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Thanks for your understanding!

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Jim August 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

1st, Love the site.
2nd, Keep doing what you’re doing.
3rd, I know you didn’t ask for my approval or permission and who am I anyway?
4th, Everyone complaining about sponsored ads are free to create their own blog that doesn’t take a dime from anyone for anything. Good luck with that. Post back here when your blog is ready, I would love to take a look at what you’ve come up.

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate August 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Thanks Jim! Most folks understand and are accepting, and those who aren’t are free to go elsewere :) I think because I am SO upfront about the sponsored work I do that it almost makes it seem like more then it is (does that make senses?).

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Jim August 2, 2013 at 11:30 am

*with.
Oops.

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