Our Big and Boring Disclosure Page

We think our readers are pretty savvy people. We’re pretty sure you know that we don’t work for free and that we need to generate an income from our digital publishing efforts. Otherwise, just like you, we can’t pay the bills, buy beer, feed our children. you know, the usual stuff. But there are laws out there that mean we have to be totally up front and tell you how we work, what we’re doing, how we use cookies and how we make our money. So we decided to get it all together on one great big page, so that it’s easy to find. Bored by it or already know that stuff? Cool, use the navigation bar above to find that you’re looking for. Curious about us and all this legal stuff? Read on….

How This Website Makes Income

Just like you, we have bills to pay and we need to make a wage. This website generates income on several levels. First off, we write about products and services we think you’ll find useful. Sometimes, we’re contacted by companies wanting us to do this for them. This website is increasing in popularity each week and they like that idea of being mentioned by us. We’re OK with that and to be clear, we declare that interest up front, generally by saying “Sponsored Post” in the headline. Does that mean we’ll write about anything we’re asked? No. We only ever write about stuff we think you’d be interested in and we’ve used or tested ourselves. And yes, we regularly turn down applications for sponsored posts.

Secondly, we use Affiliate Links in our content. You probably know this, but basically, when we write about a product, sometimes there’ll be a link to that company’s website. The link contains a cookie (see below for more Cookie stuff) and if you decide to buy something there, we get paid some money. We’re not going to grow rich and fat on it, but hey, every little helps. It means that we can continue running this website, as it’s financially viable. Just like the Sponsored Posts, though, we only kink to stuff we know about, have tried for ourselves, or have a good knowledge of. Once again, yes, there are businesses and services out there we could add affiliate links to, but we know these companies and we don’t think they’re a good fit for us.

Sponsored Links

Does this make us biased?

Damn right it does. Our bias is in finding the best products and companies to work with, recommending the best stuff we find and telling the truth. We write about stuff we know is good, not the stuff that we’ve been asked to just because they’re throwing money our way. Old fashioned? I guess so, but that’s the way we are.

Cookie information

Although cookies are nothing new, we now need your consent to use cookies. If you don’t want us to use cookies, some parts of the site will not work.

On this site we use cookies to help us make the experience on the site better. Cookies are small files which are sent back and forth with web pages which can be used to identify that you have previously visited a site, or to store small bits of information locally with you. If you want to know more about what cookies are and how to control them, AboutCookies.org is a great resource, or read on to see what we use cookies for.
What cookies do you use?

We only set a few cookies ourselves, but when we include content from other sites (like Facebook or Twitter), they also get the opportunity to set cookies, to help them serve their content better. We’ve broken down the main uses of cookies you’ll see on the site below, and what they are used for, but we can’t guarantee that we’ll have listed every cookie you might get from a third party – they can change them at any time as their needs change.
Cookies for Measuring Web Traffic

We make use of a tool from Google called Google analytics which tells us about the way people are using the site. It uses cookies to detect that someone has been to the site before, so that we can see how often people return to the site, how long they stay, and where on our site they tend to go. We use this to try to work out what kind of experience they’re having on the site, so we can make it better.

Cookies From Social Networks

Because we have a strong presence on various social networks, we try and make it as easy as possible to share content and to see what content is popular on those networks. For that reason we include recommendations from Facebook, tweets from Twitter, content from Google+ and add buttons to allow people to easily share to those networks.

When we include these social ‘plugins’, it gives those sites the flexibility to use cookies. They can’t read any cookies we set from our site, and we can’t read any cookies they set, but it lets them do the same kind of traffic measuring that we do on the rest of the website, and it also lets them know whether you’re logged in. For example, if you’re logged in to Facebook, read a post by Neill Watson and want to make a comment, you can do that straight away without having to log in again – we never know whether you’re logged in as not, as you communicate directly with Facebook, through their plugins on our site.

Cookies For Adverts

We have a number of spots around the site that show advertisments for companies we work with. These are managed through a system called Google Doubleclick For Publishers. We use this for the obvious things, like the banner advertisments, but also for more unusual purposes like the logos of the Featured Companies on the homepage. Doubleclick make use of cookies in order to track who has seent what adverts, in order to track which adverts are working better.

Cookies for Logging In

Registered users can register and log in to the website, and when they do we use cookies to track that they have logged in and what user they are. It also means that you don’t have to keep logging in all the time, as a cookie remembers that you’ve logged in, if you tell it to

Cookies for Content

Sometimes we include content from other sites in our updates, most notably YouTube videos. When we do this, YouTube may store cookies in order to track how people are watching videos from their site.

How can I manage my cookies?

You can control how your web browser deals with cookies by changing your browser settings. AboutCookies.org has a great guide on how to do this for all the major browsers, and a lot of other information about cookies.

Can I use the Do Not Track preference?

We respect a browser setting known as Do Not Track, which works the same way as opting out of cookies on our site. You can learn more about Do Not Track and how to enable or disable it on your browser on the DoNotTrack.us site.
What if I have a question?

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? No problem, just drop us a line and we’ll do our best to help.

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