It is no secret that bloggers receive freebies, products, clothing and books to giveaway and review on their blogs. The FTC has required bloggers to disclose the information since 2009.
As of December 1, the Federal Trade Commission is going to require bloggers, and prominent tweeters and Facebook types to disclose any paid endorsements to their followers, online friends and readers. These new rules have the potential to change everyone’s online habits. Here’s what you need to know: Read more
Anyone remember the NPR story from July 2009, “Mom Bloggers Debate Ethics Of ‘Blog-Ola“ highlights some of these issues. According to the story:
“Blog-ola” is the free goodies, products, trips and other perks many marketers are giving to bloggers in hopes of getting favorable publicity or positive reviews. It’s a hot topic among “mommy-bloggers” in particular, who are proving to be quite influential with their readers.
The Federal Trade Commission will be knocking at the bloggers cyberspace door that failed to disclose endorsements and any payments or freebies they have received from the subjects of their reviews, reports The Washington Post. Failure to do so could result in fines up to$11,000 per offense.
For WordPress bloggers, websmasters, or anyone running contest giveaways. The task of selecting an winner can become quite daunting. This plugin should help with setting up your blog to manage contest and selecting a winner fair and square.
There are two WordPress Plugins to spotlight.:
And The Winner Is… is a WordPress plugin that helps you manage product giveaways by allowing you to mark posts as “contests”. Each contest has a user-specified number of winners that can be selected at random from comments for that giveaway post.
The problem is a simple one. Many site owners run contests that allow entries as comments on a blog post, but managing entries and randomly selecting winners is a chore. And The Winner Is… helps to solve this problem by managing the comment entries and winners by selecting those winners at the click of a button.
Pick Giveaway Winner This plugin randomly selects a winner or winners from the comments of a giveaway post. You can also disqualify people who’ve entered more than once (determined by email), or reduce their entries to only one. The plugin uses MySQL’s random function RAND() to randomly select the winners directly from the database.
I think I am leaning toward using “And the Winner Is” because it is was updated 38 days ago.