One of the ways we keep the lights on at CAPITOL STANDARD is by partnering with brands we believe in to create great content. We are very selective about the brands we work with, and retain editorial control of all content we publish across all platforms. We will always let you know if content is sponsored or part of a collaboration.

How can I tell what’s part of a paid collaboration?

Transparency matters. We stand behind everything we publish — paid or otherwise — and without collaborations we wouldn’t be able to make some of our favorite content (h/t to Downtown Silver Spring for partnering with us to create The Sights & Sounds of Downtown Silver Spring).

So, we have the following elements in place to make sure you can easily tell when content is part of a paid collaboration:

Collaborations on CAPITOLSTANDARD.com are identified by:

– a “Collaborations” or “Sponsored by” heading at the top of the story, above the title
– Italicized copy at the beginning of the story stating that it is part of a collaboration, naming the brand partner, and linking to this page
– Inclusion in the “Collaborations” category within the site
– “Collaboration” or “Sponsored By” above the author’s name in the homepage and category feeds

Collaborations on Social are identified by:

– The Paid Partnership disclaimer on Facebook and Instagram which states that a post is paid above the image
– #CSPartner is also the dedicated hashtag for branded partnerships

Affiliate Partners

If you ultimately decide to purchase a product or service mentioned on CAPITOL STANDARD, we receive compensation from that purchase (thank you!). We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. We also work with CJ.com, Linkshare, and Shareasale. As we add or remove affiliate partnerships we will keep you updated here.