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.
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.
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
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.
Cookies For Adverts
Cookies for Logging In
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.