Affiliate Disclosure

Our mission at JournalSmarter.com is to help you become healthier, happier and more productive.

A part of this process involves learning from the best resources out there, and we believe it’s a part of our job to make it easier for you to find them.

And that’s where affiliate links come into play.

Affiliate Links

Sometimes when we recommend a product (for example a book, a notebook or an app) we’ll link to it using an affiliate link. If you end up buying the product through that link, we’ll earn a small commission from the vendor at no additional cost to you.

It’s a win-win-win scenario:

You win by learning about an excellent product. If you decide to buy it, the creator wins by gaining a new customer, and JournalSmarter wins by receiving a “thank you” commission for connecting the two of you together.

There’s one more thing to add, though.

We only recommend products that we know, love, use and fully believe in, or that were highly recommended to us by our trusted peers. (For example, we are totally in love with the  Leuchtturm1917 A5 Plain Hardcover Notebook so we don’t use anything else, but that doesn’t mean that a different amazing journal wouldn’t be worth recommending).

To make it simple, assume that all of the links on our website are affiliate links. We want to focus on delivering high-quality information, instead of throwing tedious disclaimers at you.

Sounds good?

ps. Amazon requires us to tell you their specific (and possibly magic?) formula, so here it is: “as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases”.

FTC Disclosure

But wait, it gets better.

As of the 1st of December 2009, FTC requires bloggers to disclose any hidden or unspoken biases related to product recommendations.

What does this mean? We took the liberty to copy the following from Tim Ferris:

Per the FTC rules, if we interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, we would need to disclose this. Same if we use an Amazon link that gets us 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets us 0 cents. If someone gives us a comfy t-shirt with a logo and we wear it in a photo, same deal. Disclaimers all over the place. This would be tedious for us and even more tedious for readers. 

But rules is rules. 

To cover our ass and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every link and product we use, the following all hold true:

FTC Disclosure: Food FTC Disclosure: Gadgets

FTC Disclosure: Got Busy FTC Disclosure: Money

FTC Disclosure: Swag FTC Diclosure: Stocks

(Illustrations courtesy of Louis Gray and Jeannine Schafer)

We love you and thanks for understanding.

Silvia and Michal