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An ethical way to earn a living as a blogger

Many people misunderstand my ongoing opposition to spam-shop Izea as opposition to bloggers earning a living.  To be clear: Bloggers have every right to have a business, to sell advertising, and make a living — if you follow the basic rules of ethics and disclosure that have existed for decades in all forms of media.

BlogHer has done an excellent job of explaining the ethical way for bloggers to work with sponsors and advertisers. Their model is admirable and I suggest all independent bloggers study it and learn from them before accepting any form of outside compensation.

  • Advertising should be labeled as advertising
  • Editorial needs to be separate from advertising
  • "We define unacceptable content as anything included or linked that…Contains editorial content that has been commissioned and paid for by a third party, (either cash or goods in barter), and/or contains paid advertising links and/or SPAM or 'Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages… "

Just as important, BlogHer has created clear guidelines and special content areas that help bloggers attract more sponsor dollars ethically.

Read the full details of their program.

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