This policy is valid as of June 2017. Please read the below carefully to ensure that you fully understand and accept it. Your acceptance is deemed to occur upon your first use of this blog. If you do not accept and agree to the below, then please stop using the blog immediately.
If The DADventurer was a film, I’d be the entire crew. I’m the director, the producer, the writer, the publicist, the runner and everything in between. Every word, every photo, every everything is painstakingly chosen by me. I’d love to say I have a hidden team behind the scenes who I employ to manage my website, do my SEO, answer my emails, post on social media, bla bla bla. But, the truth is, it’s just me. Everything in front of you spills out of my head, through my fingers and onto the screen – even when it probably shouldn’t. I share my thoughts, feelings, experiences and randomness in the hope that you enjoy reading them.
Some of the stuff I write on the blog is in collaboration with brands. They’ve got in touch with me to see if I want to work with them to do stuff like promote their campaigns, raise awareness of a cause, review a product, come along to an event etc. I’m therefore paid by brands to make this happen – this could be creating a sponsored post, writing a review, hosting a giveaway or filming a video. As such, blogging is my full-time job (when I’m not looking after Toddler L).
I know not everyone trusts sponsored content. But, for me, it’s a bit like opening a magazine and seeing an advert for a company or noticing a product being strategically placed in direct view of the camera on a TV show. Companies want to promote what they do. Brands are always looking for ways to reach customers and the whole world of blogging, vlogging and social influencing has opened up new ways of doing this.
Why am I telling you this? Well, I want to be transparent, open and honest, whilst adhering to ASA guidelines. If I’ve been commissioned to write something or given a product in exchange for a review, then I want you guys to know this. I do this by writing a disclosure statement at the bottom of the post saying something like ‘this is a commissioned post written in collaboration with Brand X’ or ‘product Y was sent to me with the purpose of writing an honest review in exchange’.
Let me just stress though that I don’t put anything on the blog that I don’t want on there. I don’t accept guest posts as I don’t want someone else’s words tainting mine on my own blog. Similarly, I’m not going to work with a brand that I don’t like and I’m not going to say something that I don’t believe. If I’m asked to promote a campaign that I don’t care about, then I’ll pass. If I don’t like a part of a product, I’ll mention that. Brands are paying for my time, effort, words and to appear on my blog – they are not paying to get me to say what they want.
Affiliates And Advertising
I also make money through affiliate links with the Amazon EU Associates Program. This is an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon. So, that basically means that if you click one of these links and then purchase something from Amazon, I’ll get a small fee based on a percentage of what was spent. Again, I’ll put a disclosure statement at the bottom of any post which includes an affiliate link.
I also use Google Adsense which is a web-advertising service from Google. This displays targeted text, video or image advertisements on the blog as a way of earning advertising fees. Google Adsense uses small text files called “cookies” which are stored on your computer to allow the analysis of the use of the site. Google Adsense also uses small invisible images called “web beacons” to gather information.
99%(ish) of the images used on the blog are owned by me as I’ve taken them. However, some of the images are from sources in the public domain and are reproduced under the Creative Commons agreement that allow for reuse. If an image is reproduced under these terms, this will be mentioned either under the image or at the end of the post.
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Giveaways And Competitions
The blog occasionally runs giveaways and competitions on behalf of brands that I am collaborating with. Each giveaway will have specific Terms and Conditions of entry that you should familiarise yourself with prior to entry. Giveaways will be hosted using third-parties such as Rafflecopter and Gleam. To enter, you will be required to login to the service and provide personal information, such as name, email address and address. This personal information will be stored by the third-party and be used to randomly select a winner then contact the winner. your personal information won’t be used for any other purposes.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from me is strictly prohibited. I’m happy for excerpts and links to be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to The DADventurer with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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