Lately I’ve been receiving two common questions from folks who follow my articles and restauranteurs who’d welcome me to visit them for a possible review. The two questions are:
- Are you paid for your reviews?
- Do you monetize your blog?
I thought it would be smart to put a disclaimer on the site addressing these questions so that if anyone were wondering they could easily find the answers. In short, the answers to both of these questions are “No.”.
I AM NOT PAID FOR THE RESTAURANT REVIEWS I WRITE.
My opinions are based on the experience that I have when I visit the restaurant. I also do a lot of research before considering a restaurant for review (so I’m not wasting my time and money eating at places that aren’t going to make the cut). For my blog I look for 3 firm criteria and 1 optional criteria:
- Good Food.
- Good Value.
- Good Service
- Optional: An Interesting Story
If a restaurant doesn’t meet those criteria then I don’t write about them. I enjoy writing, but I have to be passionate with what I write about. I wouldn’t enjoy writing about a restaurant that doesn’t impress me. So if you’re reading my articles and wondering what I got from it the answer is right there written in the article. I got that experience that I’m writing about and those opinions are my own.
I DO NOT HAVE PAID ADVERTISERS ON MY BLOG.
There no paid advertiser banners on my blog. That being said, I do participate in affiliate programs such as Booking.com, Agoda.com, and GetYourGuide.com. If visitors use the links on the website then I get a small commission from the company’s commission. I use all of these services so I use my own links as a “rebate” opportunity for me. THE PRICES ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN IF YOU WENT DIRECTLY TO THE WEBSITE.
THERE ARE ADS I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER.
Some of the widget tools on my site may insert banner ads but they are not affiliated with me, nor do I receive any income directly from them if you click them. They’re usually pretty obvious…it’s cheesy stuff like face creams, video games, and stuff that’s pretty obviously not related to either “chow” or “travel”. But in order to use the tools on my site and not have to pay for them I allow them to add some limited advertising. I make every effort to minimize the number of ads to the lowest possible threshold allowed so as not to bombard readers with garbage ads. I want folks to feel free to browse through my scribblings and not worry about click-bait style ads taking them to weird places.
I want folks to trust that my opinions are my own and not paid for advertisement. I believe the restaurants that I review are special and worth writing about. It’s my hope this disclaimer answers the questions folks might have about “what I’m getting from it.”. But if it doesn’t and you still have questions please feel free to reach out to me directly through the contact page.