Disclosures for Ministry of Hope with Melanie Redd
Per the FTC regulations, this is a full explanation of how and when I am compensated on www.MelanieRedd.com.
In February of 2015, I started this website as a personal ministry venture with the hope of offering encouragement to my family, friends, and community. I had no idea what God would do with these efforts and with my blog. As the ministry has grown, it has become a full-time job and ministry for me.
Operating as a sole proprietorship, this ministry has many costs associated with it, including hosting fees, blog design, travel expenses and the time involved in keeping a daily ministry afloat. Basically, I get to DO what I do, and I LOVE what I get to do!
There are many ways to be compensated for this type of ministry/business. Currently, I receive some compensation for:
My opinion and my integrity.
My integrity as a blogger is extremely important to me. I will never promote something, even if I am offered compensation for that promotion if I don’t feel it is worth your time, energy, or money.
If I tell you I like something, I mean it. If I tell you I own something or bought something or ate something, then that is the truth. I will never endorse or recommend a person, a product, a business, a church or a ministry that I do not trust or totally believe in.
Occasionally, I will be invited to try or visit a certain place. If I write about one of these places, I will be honest and forthright with you. I will never knowingly lie or mislead you just to make a few dollars. I value you too much to print false information.
Speaking, Teaching or Leading a Group.
Also, I have opportunities to speak to groups and offer hope to these groups. Sometimes, I am compensated for these events through meals, travel expenses and/or an honorarium. However, there are other times when I will speak to a group as a total “gift” of my time and resources.
I always count it a great privilege when a church or organization invites me to be a part of their event.
Marketing Consultant for Others in Ministry.
More and more, I am having the chance to assist others in ministry by marketing their work. Through social media, radio interviews, email and events, I am able to help others to grow their influence and reach people in the community and online.
Often, I am compensated for this marketing consulting arm of the ministry.
Editing and Writing for Others.
There are times when I will be asked to edit or do some writing for a person, ministry or organization. These projects usually involve some sort of compensation.
Occasionally companies will offer to underwrite a post in order to expose the Ministry of Hope audience to their brand or company. These posts are written solely by me on a subject or topic selected by me, but agreed upon by the company I am working with.
These posts represent my own honest opinion and are not typically reviewed or edited by the company prior to publication. (Although this year, two of these companies have asked to see a final copy before it was published).
Be assured that I will only work with companies whose values align with those represented on this blog, and I will only write content that I think would be of genuine interest to you, my readers. Underwritten posts will always be clearly disclosed as such.
Another source of revenue for Ministry of Hope comes from commissions I make off from sales or leads generated through affiliate linking.
Again, it is important for me to emphasize that I will never link to something just because it is an affiliate link. In fact, most of the places/stores/coupons I link to have no affiliate association attached.
Often the reverse is true; I will find a company I like and recommend that I was planning on writing about anyway, and then after the post is already written I will look to see if there is an affiliate program available.
The following are some, but not all, of the companies, I frequently link to using affiliate links: Coupons.com, Smart Source, Red Plum, Coupon Network, Amazon, Qubie, Ebates, Swagbucks, Upromise, ThredUp, Zulily
Just to be clear, clicking on an affiliate link and printing a coupon or signing up for a service or ordering a product will be earning me a commission & helping me keep this blog going.
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