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Inspired by Tim Ferris’ blog post, I am copying his text and images here (with permission and attribution)

I’m working on getting my podcast up and running, so will eventually be exploring things like Affiliate links (use my link to buy stuff and I get paid too, while you don’t pay any extra…and maybe even get discounts), sponsorships with brands I either use or believe in, etc. Read on for more details…

Beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to show when there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations. So here goes…

Thanks again to Tim for this and what follows, and for allowing people to use it: Per the FTC rules, if I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to disclose this. Ditto if I use an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo, same deal. Disclaimers all over the place. This would be tedious for me and even more tedious for readers. But rules is rules. To cover my ass and keep your reading experience, please assume that, for every link and product I use, the following all hold true:

(Illustrations courtesy of Louis Gray and Jeannine Schafer)

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