I am required by the Federal Trade Commission of the United States, to tell you that for the most part, I use provided samples provided by a company or public relations firm, for most of my reviews. Understand that the samples I receive are not “for free” as the FTC would imply, but the tools I require to do a proper job of writing a review. Be clear that sample products and services I might experience are not nearly “compensation” for the tremendous amount of effort it takes to write genuine reviews (cash would be nice, but if I received it I’d disclose it), nor do free samples influence my experienced opinion of products in any Advice Sisters content.
I have always felt strongly that those who write online should be careful of what they say, as once it is online it is there forever. It is unfortunate that the universe produces irresponsible and inadequate reporters that have forced the “powers that be” to create this ruling which I have always voluntarily followed because it ws the ethical and honest thing to do. i find it regrettable that I am lumped together with those who behaved badly and therefore require legal mechanisms to keep them “in check.”
Advicesisters.com only recently made the decision to accept advertising and advertorial content. As required by law, but also by my personal standards, these are clearly marked as such. If you are interested in advertising on advicesisters.com you can visit our advertising page. We can provide banner, link and advertorial advertising, plus social media and in some cases, contests and give-aways. We do not use follow links or any kind of underhanded tactics, but we will promote you. If you want to work with us, talk to us. This has always been my policy.
So what’s a cookie (in case you’re someone who thinks it’s just something yummy to eat): A cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device. The cookie allows the website to remember your actions or preferences as you browse the web, over time. That’s why if you’re shopping for specific brands of shoes, for example, that brand might show up on your Facebook page. Creepy, isn’t it? The upside is that cookies can also help remember your preferences so you don’t have to log in every time you show up at a site or remember information. Most browsers support cookies, but users can set their browsers to decline them and can delete them whenever they like. We do not do anything with our cookies, although sometimes, we bake cookies and eat them (we like sugar cookies the best). However, if you venture off our site to social media or other web sites we cannot control what they do and we’re not responsible for their actions. Now you are informed.
Mailing List 2016: In 2015 we started a mailing list again. You can choose to be on it or not. We will never sell or share your information. End of story.
the rest of the important privacy policies of advicesisters.com
Privacy: I am a real person, not an avatar, or a ghost writer for a corporation. I have been providing high-quality content online since 1996. I will never lower my standards, especially when ti pertains to human respect. I believe in protecting your privacy as I would wish others protect mine. I stake my sterling reputation on it. I never broadcast personal information or sell or share it with anyone. I am careful about the advertisers I work with and expect them to respect and cooperate within my policies. This is my personal pledge to you.
Safety: The net is not anonymous, and what you fire off online without hesitation could be there forever. Please partner with me to protect everyone’s safety. There are real people with real feelings on the other side of your computer screen. Be responsible. Any kind of harassment, malicious, inflammatory, or pornographic comments or other materials, are not acceptable on advicesisters.com. Neither are spam or self-serving rants (you already know this).
Advice: Advicesisters.com is a website of long standing with a sterling reputation. Most of what’s written is personal option and sometimes, you might not agree with it. If that’s the case you are free to comment, (just do so responsibly and appropriately). If you are unhappy about something, please contact me and I will do my best to assist you. I do read all my mail, and I welcome constructive comments. While I cannot respond personally to requests for free, private advice, I do offer advice services by email for a modest fee. Please click here to learn more about personal and private advice.
Copyright Information: The Advice Sisters is a U.S. Registered Trademark. All rights to content: text, graphics, photos and video, whether found directly on The Advice Sisters web properties, or on a blog feed or elsewhere, are the intellectual property of The Advice Sisters and Alison Blackman Dunham. I will protect my rights vigorously with every measure possible, and I take violations very seriously. To ask permission contact me .
If you want to use content from advicesisters.com here is how to do it legally: First ask for permission and discuss compensation. You aren’t working for free, and advicesisters.com has bills to pay as well. Re-publication without permission may result in billing for use of the material. In addition, The Advice Sisters can, and will take any action necessary, and also make a formal notification of any violation to hosts and advertisers under the Millennium Copyright Act. If you can’t afford to pay me for my work, offer barter, but don’t just steal it!