I’ve been asked A LOT of questions about my VW’s over the years. Part of the reason for my website is as a way to say “read this” so that I don’t have to keep retyping the same answers to the same questions. 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. Apparently, there is a perceived problem with this method because I received a warning from a forum moderator for “promoting” my website. This came on a day when I happened to answer a few questions and posted links to applicable blog entries, all during a short period that got me noticed. The perception is that I’m posting “click-bait” to get people to visit my website so that I can generate revenue. It hadn’t occurred to me that this could be a concern to anyone. This is my full disclosure about what visiting my website does for my wallet…
Full Disclosure: I don’t make a dime from my website. There are no advertisers paying me for click-thrus or “click here to donate” buttons. In fact, I pay extra to not have any advertising at all. Even clicking-thru to my Facebook page shows no ads. The obvious exception is if you are logged-in with Facebook; then you’ll see tailored ads because that’s what Facebook does. 😉 But those ads have nothing to do with my page; nor do I benefit from them. Even more, 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 make from all channels combined. 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. HAHA!
I’ve shared reviews of several products on this website. I bargain-shop like most other shoppers. I pay for all the products I feature through whatever source gives me the best deal, be it through the product manufacturer, Amazon, 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 is what allowed me to write about my negative experience with a Rhino Rack fairing and a forthcoming negative comment about my cargo box, which I will share in a “long-term review” post in December. 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 my reviews or space on my website go 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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