Full Disclosure

[Updated on 7/30/2018] I’ve been asked a lot of questions about my VW’s over the years. One reason for my website is as a way to say “read this” so that I don’t have retype the same answers to the same questions on a regular basis. This includes in discussion forums, where someone might ask a question such as “Which cargo liner do you recommend?” or “How do you install a hitch?” I often answer a question and include a link to my site for more reading and details. I’ve backed off this practice because I joined the Amazon Affiliate program in February 2018. This is my full disclosure about what visiting my website does for my wallet… (TLDR: visiting and reading does nothing, but…)

Full Disclosure:  Visiting my website and reading its pages does not generate any revenue. There are no advertisers or “click here to donate” buttons on my site. In fact, I pay extra to not have any advertising at all. I prefer the clean look of ad-free pages and pay to keep my site that way. However, clicking certain links on my website may help support it. I link to the actual products that I have purchased and feature on my site. I’ve been an avid Amazon shopper for years and have no qualms about directing visitors there so they can buy what I bought with minimal searching. As an affiliate, I may get a few pennies from any purchase made during that visit; no immediate purchase means no payment. For the record, Amazon has paid me a whopping $23 in 2018, which doesn’t even cover the cost of registering my domain. It’s safe to say that being an affiliate is not making me rich beyond my dreams.  😀

Clicking-thru to my Facebook page shows no ads. On top of that, I refuse to give Facebook any payment info, so I do not advertise or “boost” my page posts through them. I also have some YouTube channels. But making quality videos is A LOT of work, work that’s far more time-consuming than the $100/year that I  used to make from all channels combined before my small channel was demonetized via YouTube policy change. Yes, I typed one hundred dollars per YEAR. It really is easier to just write in my blog and leave the videography to people who make amazing videos. I admit that I am still attempting to get comfortable in front of the camera, so I may rise on YouTube yet. HAHA!

I’ve shared reviews of several products on this website. I bargain-shop like other shoppers. I pay for all the products I feature through whatever source gives me the best deal, be it through Amazon, the product manufacturer, or other online outlets. I freely write about the products without any input or cooperation from the places I shop or the product’s manufacturers. That kind of independence allowed me to write about my negative experiences with a Rhino Rack fairing and my Yakima Showcase 15 cargo box. My reviews will always be thorough, honest, and unaffected by vendors or manufacturers. My only goal is to share what I’ve learned, to be helpful, and (hopefully) to provide interesting reading to fellow VW enthusiasts.

That’s it. In short, I have no need to click-bait anyone, nor am I interested in making this site my full-time job.  I like to write and I like my efforts to be seen and appreciated, but I won’t sell space on my website or compromise the integrity of my reviews to get that. I’m sure most of you already know that or don’t care. For anyone else who may be reading this, now you know what this site does for me.  What does it do for you?

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Scott

About Scott

I grew up near Houston, TX and served in the U. S. Coast Guard for over 30 years. I have an electronics background and continue to work in the electronics engineering field. I taught myself the basics about automotive systems as well as how to perform some of my own maintenance (cars and bicycles). I became involved with Amateur Radio and computers in 1995. The explosion of technology has made my job and several of my hobbies quite interesting. My hobbies include Volkswagens, bicycling, photography, electronics, amateur radio, web management, and reptiles. Visit my websites to learn more.
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3 Responses to Full Disclosure

  1. Marshall Rutter says:

    Well said! I appreciate your efforts! Marshall

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  2. Ryan Mueller says:

    I really appreciate the thoughtfulness of all your write-ups. Your site is a constant inspiration, both in how I’ve approached building my own GTI and how I approach thinking about and making decisions on all different matters of everyday life.

    On behalf of all the lurkers, thank you! And congratulations on 30K!

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