Speaking for AlvinAlexander.com, we don’t attempt to track you in any way, shape, or form. In general we’re just glad you came to visit, and hope you’ll come back again. The only time we dig into things like Apache access logs is when it looks like someone is trying to hack the website or doing something else malicious.
If you sign up for the alvinalexander.com mailing list, that is used to tell people about website updates, and also to let them know if they’ve won a prize in one of our contests.
Now, beyond what is “tracked” by alvinalexander.com, which is basically the nothingness described above, there are three caveats that need to be shared.
Caveat 1: Google Analytics
The first caveat to share is that this site uses Google Analytics. It’s generally just used to understand aggregate traffic flow, particularly which pages are most popular. If you can imagine owning a website like this, if we’re writing about certain topics and nobody cares about those topics (old topics like JFS, JBuilder, etc), well, from an income standpoint we’re wasting my time. So we use Google Analytics as a tool there.
Caveat 2: Advertisers
The second caveat is that other companies are allowed to place advertisements on this website. Most of the ads come from Google’s AdSense product, but a few other ads may come from Amazon’s Affiliate Program, and a few other ads come from a company called Commission Junction. Please see their websites for their privacy policies.
Caveat 3: Links to Amazon
A final caveat is that when we link to products on Amazon, we use their “Affiliate” tools to create the links. The way this works is that by being an Amazon affiliate, when we look at a product on amazon.com they have a little tool that makes it easy for us to create a shortened link to that product page. We then use that link on this website, and if someone clicks on the link and buys that product on Amazon, we get paid a small amount for “referring” that person to Amazon.
Specifically in regards to links to Amazon.com, Amazon requires that we state, “As an Amazon Associate I (Valley Programming, LLC) earn from qualifying purchases.”