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My goal at EasySimpleSmart.com is to provide helpful tips, tools and tutorials for those getting started online. I cover topics such as how to start a blog, building websites, time management, making money online, productivity, etc
The information you see on this site is free to readers & subscribers, but represents many, many hours of time and research for me. To compensate some of my time and efforts I participate in affiliate programs as well as Ad Sharing programs like AdSense. Both provide some income and allow me to devote time and energy to the growth of this site
As an Affiliate, you have my word, I will only promote products I personally use or can recommend without hesitation.
Integrity, gaining and keeping the trust of my readers is very important to me.
I created my site mostly using free resources and research on the Internet. I rarely purchased services and tools to make this happen and I promote through my posts, clever ways to do that for free. I think it is important for new bloggers to NOT spend a lot of money until they are convinced that this is a fun and lucrative activity for them. Therefore the products that I do promote are products, tools and services that I truly believe are necessary or that would take your site forward much faster than a free method would.
What is an affiliate link / referral link?
Throughout this site you will see references to my use of affiliate links or referral links. These references are called disclosures and are a requirement as put forth by the FTC.
They are there to inform you I have a relationship with a particular product or service and if you choose to purchase that product or service via my affiliate link, I will get a small commission. Of course, this is at no extra cost to you, but it does help keep my site running and it is a form of validation that the information I provide is useful and provides value to you, the reader.
I truly appreciate your support in this way. Thank you.
Additional legal stuff just to make sure things are covered
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. This blog may accept forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.
The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content.
The owner of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.
This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.
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What rights you have over your data
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Where we send your data
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