Whitegoodshelp & Washerhelp
The above sites are created, written and run by myself Andy Trigg, a sole trader working from home.
I publish free help and advice and I don’t collect any personal data. But in order to remain a free resource I do allow some relevant adverts which can only work if some anonymous tracking is done so I can be credited with any sales. These would be classed as third party affiliate links, which are managed by official affiliate sites.
No cookies are used to track anyone’s behaviour or target ads. My ads are only targeted in the sense that I personally choose them to be relevant to my site’s content, which I believe most people won’t mind and may even see as genuinely useful resources. So for example on my reviews pages I may have affiliated links to Which? reviews where if interested you can research more reviews. On my diy repair help articles I will provide ads where you can choose a repairer if you realise you need one – and so on. None of the content is designed to specifically sell products. I write independently covering as many relevant topics as possible, and just place appropriate related ads in the hope that some people will use them and it generally seems to work OK.
I have several arrangements with individual advertisers where for a monthly fee I display their adverts and promotional pages where I declare my affiliate relationship and tell users about the company with links to their web sites. No tracking whatsoever is done by myself or the affiliate.
Social sharing has gone mental. Everyone seems to be “liking”, Tweeting about and sharing web pages including me. If you like my sites or any specific article please share it with your friends and family as it all helps ensure my survival as a resource.
In order to make it easy to share, most websites use third party plugins or code, which generate the little Facebook and Twitter icons you can see all over the internet as do I. Currently most of my pages have this facility too and I currently use the most popular Addthis system (Addthis privacy and data policy)
Emails sent to me: Any emails sent to me are treated with total privacy and stored only on my own computer protected by a firewall. None will ever be added to any list or passed onto a third party.
If you like my sites..
If you like my sites and want to help keep them going please don’t block any ads or cookies, and please use the resources displayed on them if you want to buy anything. Thank you for your support
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions
Adverts Who needs them?
Most web sites need income from adverts to survive, just as most TV, radio and newspapers etc. do. If people somehow stopped accepting any cookies or tracking, the internet would slowly shrivel up. If I couldn’t earn any money from adverts on my sites I would be unable to work on them every day..
I Use Google Analytics
As far as I can see most serious sites on the internet use Google Analytics tracking to see how many people visit their site.
By placing a small bit of code provided by Google on each page I can anonymously track which screen resolutions people use, whether they came from a mobile phone or computer and whether they were using Internet explorer, Firefox, Chrome or any other browser. The information gathered has no identifiable data about you whatsoever.
All I can see is that x number of people visited my site and x percentage of them used 1024 x 768 screen resolution and Y percentage used 1920 x 1080 screen resolution etc.. It also tells me how many people came directly to my site, or came from a search engine and if so which one. It gives me clues as to how good or bad I’m doing by showing me how many stayed around a while and how many took a quick look and just disappeared almost straight away. This type of tracking is totally anonymous and pretty essential to any web site.