This Disclosure policy is valid as of April 12, 2021.
Transparency on the internet is difficult to come by these days. I’m providing the information below to help you understand things that happen on my end of the website, in the parts you don’t see when you’re visiting.
Articles on this site sometimes contain affiliate links. If I don’t personally use and like something, I won’t recommend it. I use Amazon affiliate links to help you easily locate items that I recommend, so you can read other peoples’ reviews and make informed purchasing decisions. If you buy something using one of my affiliate links, I make a tiny commission without increasing your cost. And by tiny, I mean ridiculously small — pocket change.
I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
I do not write sponsored posts. At one point, I did a few, but the experience left me feeling gross. When someone gives you a bunch of money to “review” their product or explain it to people who trust you, it’s only natural to emphasize the benefits while burying the negatives. Trust and honesty are important to me, and I don’t like being put in that position. So, I do not write or publish sponsored posts. I also do not insert paid links or accept payment to publish content written by others. Period.
Why There is Advertising on This Site
It costs money to run a website. In fact, it costs almost $1,000 per month to make this website available to you. The content you see here exists on a hosting platform run by a company with powerful computers, redundant data storage, and loads of website security. Since this website is read by several hundred thousand people each month, I also use a content delivery service that makes pages load lightning fast worldwide. Both of those cost me money.
There are also charges for photography, graphic design, technical support, newsletter management, anti-spam services, and various programs used to write, proof, and optimize content to make it useful to you. Not surprisingly, I’d also like to earn a living in exchange for the time I spend researching, experimenting, and writing the articles that I provide to you for free. Advertising pays for all of these costs.
I have a choice whether to provide you with free content supported by ads or to go ad-free but charge you to access the site. If you’d rather pay a set monthly amount to see the site without ads, feel free to contact me. If there’s enough demand from regular readers, I’ll look into making that happen.