COOKIES AND HOW THEY BENEFIT YOU
Our cookies help us:
- Make our website work as you’d expect
- Remember your settings during and between visits
- Offer you free services/content (thanks to advertising)
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
- Continuously improve our website for you
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
- Pay sales commissions
You can learn more about all the cookies we use below
If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies, we take this (and your continued use of our website) to mean that you are fine with this.
MORE ABOUT OUR COOKIES
WEBSITE FUNCTION COOKIES
OUR OWN COOKIES
- Allowing you to add comments to our site
- Remembering if we have already asked you certain questions (e.g. you declined to use our app, fillout a popup or take our survey)
There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.
SOCIAL WEBSITE COOKIES
So you can easily ‘like’ or share our content on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites we have included sharing buttons on our site.
Cookies are set by: Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.
The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
ANONYMOUS VISITOR STATISTICS COOKIES
This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called ‘analytics’ programs also tell us if , on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.
I use: Google Analytics, Hotjar and Visual Website Composer
ADVERTISING COOKIES & AFFILIATE ADVERTISING
I use a number of methods to monetise this website. (Read more in my earnings disclosure.)
In order to track advertising, a number of external parties will set a cookie so they can reward me for a click or sale.
Neither us, the advertisers or our advertising partners can gain personally identifiable information from these cookies. Adverts help keep much of the internet free. It is also worth noting that opting out of advertising cookies will not mean you won’t see adverts, just simply that they won’t be tailored to you any longer.
I use the following advertising/affiliate networks (not always at the same time – but here’s a general overview of the services I use!)
- Amazon Associates
We fund our site by showing adverts as you browse our site. These adverts are usually managed by a partner specialising in providing adverts for multiple sites. Invariably these partners might place cookies to collect anonymous data about the websites you visits so they can personalise the adverts to you, ensure that you don’t see the same adverts too frequently and ultimately report to advertisers on which adverts are working.
TURNING COOKIES OFF
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.
It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.