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About affiliate links – what our disclaimers really mean

We’re sent hundreds of emails every single month asking us to promote this, sponsor that, or review the other. 99 times out of 100, we politely decline.

We’re not in the business of shilling online casino memberships or cross-linking sketchy cryptocurrency blogs, and we don’t want to get a reputation for singing the praises of anyone who waves a check our way.

But occasionally we’re given a pitch that feels like a good fit for our audience, and we agree to talk about a product we believe in or review an app that strikes a chord.

That means some of our articles contain affiliate links – we are paid a small commission if you buy something after clicking one of them. These payments come at no extra cost to you, and buying through those links is a great way to indirectly support our work and help us keep doing what we do.

(If you’re not comfortable with that, you can always search out the product’s website independently and we won’t get a cut.)

Rest assured we only accept affiliate partnerships from companies we trust, whose products we have personally tried and enjoyed. And if an article contains affiliate links, we’ll pop a disclaimer up top to let you know. Full transparency.

But that doesn’t mean these posts are straight-up adverts. Far from it.

Our whole deal is recommending things to you, and we don’t take that responsibility lightly. If we endorse something – paid or not – it’s because we think it’s worth your time.

The majority of our affiliate partners are companies we were already writing about long before they offered to cut us a commission. Products like 1Password or NordVPN that we have used and recommended to readers for years.

If we weren’t paid to promote these services, we would do it anyway – along with the many thousands of other apps, products, and subscriptions we’ve promoted over the years for free, simply because they’re great.

Also note that we never charge for reviews – we simply review things that look interesting – and we never adjust our opinions in exchange for money or freebies.

We will continue to value our editorial independence above all else. What we write is what we think, always. Thanks.