Disclosure Policy (Endorsement Policy)

I’m Alex Rowan. Integrity, transparency, honesty, trust and social responsibility are some of my core values.

A core focus includes providing a service to the community and helping people.

Here in Australia, we do not have laws such as the US Federal Trade Commission’s Endorsement Guides; about disclosing material connections between advertisers and endorsers. Despite this, back in 2008 I decided to write a Disclosure Policy (Endorsement Policy) anyway to let you know that in some cases I do directly or indirectly receive monetary or other benefits.

I use a separate website and domain name for serving* links to Products, Services And People I like. (* Via a special WordPress plugin), partly so that I do not ‘clog up’ my main website (this one) with extra WordPress database content (due to special WordPress plugin) and activity (system load); and partly so I can use a special domain name – AlexLikes.Me – instead of my main domain name, which makes the links more readable and personable.

This page contains my Disclosure Policy (Endorsement Policy). There is no other content.

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This Disclosure Policy (Endorsement Policy)  is valid from 07 May 2008.

This Disclosure Policy (Endorsement Policy) applies to all of my websites, blogs, domain names, social media, mailing lists and other links/online activity, including:

Blog/Website: http://www.AlexRowan.com.au

The website, and links served from it: http://AlexLikes.Me

Twitter: @ThoughtWeaving, and any other social media services I use.

This website/blog is a personal and business website/blog written and edited by me; Alex Rowan.

This website/blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

Anything, or anyone, I recommend also reflects on me, which means that links to other product/service sites are those which are of a high standard, in my opinion. Life is for living to the full, time is short and very valuable so I have low tolerance for the “also rans” or “second division”. One of my philosophies is that if something is worth doing, then it is worth doing well. I do not give a favourable review or recommendation or endorsement of a product or service that I think is crap, or which fails to deliver on its promises. That said, I cannot accept responsibility for your own personal experience with third parties.

Linking policy: some links are what is called “affiliate links”, whereby I might receive compensation if you make a purchase, others are not, however I do not list, or endorse, sites just because I might derive an income as a result. You will not pay more for a product or service as a result (and at times a special discount is available). There are many sites I could mention/list/endorse, but don’t; because it is an important life philosophy to act according to genuine decent principles (an aspect of spirituality). Whilst I have noticed that life goes much better when I do the right thing by others, it is not the reason I act that way.

At times I link to products or services from where/which I can derive no potential income, although there are possible alternatives from which I could. The essence is that I link to what I genuinely think is good, regardless of ‘what’s in it for me’. Big picture wise this is a much better way to live life, it’s helpful to society and, among other things, it actually enhances my credibility.

In some cases, I may have received a review product/service/copy.

The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this website/blog, or elsewhere. That content, advertising space or post may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content.

As owner of this website/blog and more, I can/might be compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though I might receive compensation for some of my posts, pages, links or advertisements, I provide my honest views, findings, beliefs, opinions or experiences on those topics or products. Opinions expressed on this blog are purely mine. Any product claims, statistics, quotes or other representations about a service or product should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party concerned.

This website/blog does contain content which might present a conflict of interest. This content may not always be identified.

Please bear in mind that the results I obtain/obtained, or that I have discovered others have obtained, may not be typical and may not apply to you for a variety of reasons. Results for any endeavour in life can never be guaranteed. Common sense is required. Any testimonials about services, products, people are not to be taken as average, or typical results, as everyones’ situation is different!

I like the disclosure policy text Tim Ferriss has written (and yes, there is permission to reproduce 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 preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every link and product I use, the following all hold true: shows a series of images.

Simply speaking then, it is ‘safest’ to assume that I get some kind of benefit from links, endorsements, referrals and similar. In many cases of course, I don’t however.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with me here, or use the contact form below.

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When writing this policy, I was partly assisted by Disclosure Policy Dot Org

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Footnote for those with spiritual understanding or interest: I have been very blessed by Spirit. One of the keys to this is that I focus on truth and not my own opinion. I also cherish the desire to ‘do the right thing’ – it is impossible to cheat Spirit and such behaviour would adversely affect both my relationship with Spirit and the associated benefits. I would be mad to do so. Relationship with Spirit builds character.