Beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.
If I interviewed someone and they grabbed the bill for lunch, I would need to specify this, as I would if I used an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If someone gave me a cool t-shirt with a logo and I wore it in a photo, ditto. Disclaimers all over.
This would be tedious for me and a continual eye sore for readers. But rules are rules.
To cover my ass and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every recommendation, link, and product I use, the following all hold true: