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How to Write Disclosure Statements for your Blog Posts

Last year all we heard was talk about Disclosure and how it was important to disclose anytime you received compensation from writing a post. In the US, it’s required by the FTC that you must disclosure any material connections. Canada doesn’t have anything like this, but since I work with many US companies I also put them in my posts as well.

How to write disclosure statements for your blog posts - Includes examples for different types of posts!

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It’s hard to know when to disclose and what to say. I decided to get myself organized and write up some disclosure statements that can easily be copied into posts. I get asked this question a lot by other bloggers about what to say so I decided to share how to word them with all of you!

Here’s a list of all the types of posts you might write for your site and a suggestion with what your disclosure statement could say. Feel free to tweak to suit your needs and preferences.

Review & Giveaway (where you received a product, but weren’t paid):

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Review (where you received a product, but weren’t paid):

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Giveaway (where you were paid):

*I was financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

OR

*This is a sponsored post brought to you by XXXX. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Book Reviews

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Paid Posts (where you are paid to write about a particular topic/company/product, etc):

*This post was sponsored by XXXX. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

OR

*I was financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Affiliate Posts (posts where you share affiliate links):

Can be done through a sitewide Disclosure policy (as ProBlogger does) or you can have a statement at the end of each post saying something like, “This post contains affiliate links”.

I have a Disclosure policy on my site and you can easily get one for yours too. Go to DisclosurePolicy.org and do the easy little policy generator!

Another site that you might find helpful is CMP.ly. It has examples of posts and the various disclosure statements that go with them!

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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