Disclosures – Surrender The Booty

Although MLMHelpDesk.com is not primarily financially driven, I do from time to time need to pay my three adult sons, two teen daughters, one elementary son, and three granddaughters. Almost forgot, I also have to make sure mama has some money to pay the bills and keep food on the table for the youngins’.

I launched MLM Help Desk back in 2005 to build a community and learn from all you smart people who come back regularly to add far more value that I can ever write.

Well, with that said, beginning on December 1, 2009, the FTC requires U.S. based bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.

First, the obvious: I am a Direct Sales Ambassador; Network Marketing Advocate and MLM Compliance Advisor.

Second, the less obvious: Per the FTC rules, if I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to specify this. Ditto if I use an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo, same deal. Disclaimers all over the place.

This would be tedious for me and a continual eye sore for readers. But rules are rules.

Editor’s Update: In September 2013, Troy Dooly was sanctioned by the Securities & Exchange Commission for not fully disclosing his company’s contractional involvement with Rex Venture Group, the parent company of Zeek Rewards. (SEC Sanction) 

To cover my Gluteus Maximus and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every recommendation, link, and product I use, the following all hold true:



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This blog is primarily financially driven. We put it up in 2001 originally as MLMHelpDesk.com to help educate the network marketing community. Today we focus 100% on Main Street Entrepreneurs, covering the unique and niche business ventures you’re attracted to launch.

Regardless, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to disclose whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.  So here goes…

First, the obvious: We are a News & Information site, owned by a media content & communication agency. We publish curated news and information, as well as original articles and advertorials.

Second, the less obvious: Per the FTC rules, if we interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, we would need to disclose this. If we use one of our Amazon stores and earn 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets us zero. If someone gives Troy Dooly or one of the other authors a comfy t-shirt with a logo and they wear it in a photo, same deal. We would have disclaimers all over the place. This would be a real pain in the booty for us and even more tedious for our readers. But rules are rules. To cover our booties and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every link and product we use, the following all hold true: