Full Disclosure

[Updated on 2/13/2019] I’ve been asked a lot of questions about my VW’s over the years. My website serves as a way to say “read this” so that I don’t have answer the same questions every day. 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 usually answer these questions and include a link to my site for more reading and details. I share fewer links these days because I joined the Amazon Affiliate program in February 2018. This is my full disclosure about what visiting my website does for my wallet.

Full Disclosure:  Visiting my website and reading its pages does not generate any revenue. There are no advertisers or donation links on my site. In fact, 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 I have purchased and feature on my site. I’m an avid Amazon shopper and have no qualms about linking visitors to the exact product I own to save them research time. As an affiliate, I get a few pennies from any purchase made as a result of my links (at no cost to my visitors). For the record, Amazon’s commissions to me were just enough to cover the cost of maintaining this website in 2018. For that, I THANK YOU!

I do not benefit from ads that may appear on my Facebook page (if anything is there). On top of that, I refuse to give Facebook my payment info. So, I do not advertise or “boost” my page posts through them. I also have some YouTube channels, which are not popular enough to monetize. Regardless, 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 they were demonetized via YouTube policy change. It really is easier to just write in my blog and leave YouTube content creation 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 need 1000 subscribers before my channel will make money. I’m not even close… and that’s okay.

I’ve reviewed 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 manufacturer, or other online outlets. I write freely about the products without any external input. That kind of independence allowed me to share 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 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 for 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. Now you know what this site does for me. What does it do for you?

Still Working a Day Job,

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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