May 032012

A purrson from da Federal Trade Commission had talked to us at BlogPaws last year. And it still made us all scratch our heds.

H2 left there finking we used clear disclosure but affer reading dis article we r not so sure any more.

New FTC Rules on Writing Reviews, Affiliations, and Sponsored Posts

The article clearly spells out wot u need to disclose (I finks it makes it painfully clear that it is now painfully painful to be a blogger).

Iffen I haz sumfin I like I wanna tell da werld about it. Iffen I haz sumfin I hate I wanna tell da werld about it! I dun’t finks I shuld hab to explain to everyone how an affiliate link werks n wot it iz, but apparently da FTC thinks dat I doz.

So going forward u will see da big old stoopid idiot block at da bottom of ma posts dat disclose dat I am a cat and I like to play wif cat toys…not just on da posts dat I knows needs dem but even on da stoopid lil posts cause u knows I mite slip an affiliate link or peanuts into it n I dunt wants no one habbin an allergic reakshun to any of ma posts!

So guess ma question iz will der be sum1 at BlogPaws from da FTC agin and mehbe BlogPaws could film dat and gib it streaming fur free to all anipals dat blog so we knows we doin da right fings?

It iz all so beary beary confusin.


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  • Nerissa from Nerissa’s Life

    Thanks so much for this information.  It really is very, VERY confusing.  One more reason the world should be ruled by cats, I think!

  • BorisKitty

    While I do be liking Pinterest, I finks dey fall into a weird, murky muddy area of disclosure. They not only have no site disclosure, but how would u disclose on ur pins? (Did u know dat Pinterest makes money off ur pins to stores? Dey will change da links to affiliate links wif out tellin u. And did you know u can do the same after creatin a pin? Go back n change URL to an affiliate link?) So how do u disclose dat info when da main site does not even disclose?

  • BorisKitty

     U r correct kittehs shuld run da werld would be much better place.

  • Huh? I read the New FTC rules and still don’t get it. If I even mention a toy that I bought, I have to run disclosure???

  • BorisKitty

     Dats wot I thoughted when I seed dem new rules. I guess az long az u sez “I buyed dis at….” it covers da disclosure. Same az iffen I sends u sumfin to review n u writes “I gots dis from to review….” den dat iz da disclosure n u not needs further at end of post… Iz too confuzin.