MSM|October 10, 2011| Author: James Johnson|Tags: , , ,

Three New York Blogs Get Caught Accepting Gifts For Reviews, Offer No Disclosure Statements

Jaunted Travel GuideWhile it’s not illegal to accept gifts, money and other rewards for creating blog posts on your blog/website, the FCC does require a full disclosure and your readers typically want to know if a post it paid for by an outside party. Unfortunately three New York City blogs, Eater, Jaunted and Grub failed to make such disclosures after accepting free tickets from LAN airlines.

LAN airlines asked the blogs to document a publicity stunt in which they would be giving away free round trip tickets to anywhere in South America to every person at a restaurant. While big New York blog Gothamist declined the offer, the other did not and ended up with free airlines tickets without posting on their reviews of the event that it was a “sponsored post.”

It wasn’t until after the incident was published by Gothamist staff that writers for the other three blogs announced that they wouldn’t be using the free airline tickets.

In the ever changing landscape of professional blogging writers protect themselves and their blogs when they remember one very simple and practical rule…disclosing everything!