All of the freebies and links published on Hey, It's Free! (HIF) are located or approved by yours truly, the ever-handsome Ryan Eubanks (further referenced as “Goob” or “I”). The following text is provided for clarity and to comply with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
In most cases, I receive absolutely no compensation for publishing free offers. However, I occasionally find freebies through third parties that offer a slight compensation and from time to time, I will accept them. My viewpoints, thoughts, and editorials on the freebies are in no way affected nor influenced by the compensation. Furthermore if I ever receive a free sample directly from a company, I mention such in any post I write about it.
My two criteria for determining whether or not to publish a sponsored freebie are:
- Is the freebie actually 100% free?
- If not, is this freebie still relevant and useless to the readers of HIF?
- Would I post the freebie to HIF even if I were to receive zero compensation?
If the answer to those questions is “no,” as 99% of the offers happen to be, then I pass. Additionally, even if the answer to the questions are “yes,” I will sometimes still pass on the offer due to extenuating circumstances.
Let me be clear: I will never publish a freebie or offer on HIF that I don't personally believe to be worthwhile, free, and legitimate – regardless of compensation. My number one goal with HIF is to bring as many freebies to my readers as possible, not stuff my pockets with as much money as I can grab.
A more common occurrence on HIF is to see commissioned links, which are links that I receive a small commission on for each action taken by the end user. Again, these links are only used when meeting the same three standards as marked above and in order to make it easier for readers of HIF to spot these links, I place them all under a link that has our domain name with a refer attribute on them. If you see a link with a refer attribute, you should assume that is an affiliate link and that I am getting commission.
This policy was last updated on November 09, 2012.