This site (anthonywkauthor.com) uses log files like pretty much every other website. If you’ve never run a website or blog before, you might not know about this. So here’s the facts:
Through log files, websites (including this one) can see your Internet Protocol (IP) address, the date and time you visited, the type of browser your using, your referring and exit pages, and other basic information about your time spent on the site. None of this information is linked to anything personally identifiable. It’s all little numbers and graphs on a chart, and it’s used to indicate how well a website is doing in terms of visitors, what people are looking at, how long they’re spending here, etc. It allows me to see how well specific posts are doing, how well my marketing is doing, along with indicating ways I can improve the browsing experience for readers.
The internet is full of cookies, and this website is no exception. Cookies are stored on your computer, and they tell your browser what you’ve done on a website such as clicking links or signing in to comment.
There are also third-party advertising cookies that basically tell any advertising components on a website what ads might be relevant to you, based on your prior browsing. Ever wonder why you see a lot of ads online related to things you google or other websites you visit? That’s third-party advertising cookies doing their thing. I don’t run advertising components on my website, though, so that shouldn’t affect you here.
If you don’t like the idea of cookies, you can disable them fairly easily – check the help section of the browser you’re using.
Let’s get the most important thing out of the way first: I will never sell or give your email details to a third party. The email list is used purely by me to send subscribers relevant information and updates regarding anthonywkauthor.com. That is all.
All well and good, you might think. But what if I start spamming you myself with worthless crap you’re not interested in?
The thing is, I don’t just keep a list of emails in my contacts and send them out myself. I pay an email provider a monthly fee to maintain my email list. I create, compose and hit send on all the messages, but they make sure it goes out to all the subscribers. They then let me know how many people opened it, how many people clicked the links inside, etc. Again, this information is used to gauge how effective my promotions are. If no-one clicks a link to content I’ve offered, I gotta re-think my wording or provide better content!
Every email sent has an unsubscribe link at the bottom. If you feel I’m going off the rails, you can unsubscribe at any time. If a lot of people unsubscribe at the same time, the email provider starts getting suspicious. In fact, they can suspend the account if they feel that I’m spamming people, and will require me to explain what’s going on. They have a zero tolerance to spam; if they catch their customers doing it, they’ll close the account with no refund. Bam!
So not only do I promise to just send you worthwhile content, you can rest assured that if I do turn to the dark side I’ll get closed down by my email provider pretty quickly.
I am not in any way responsible for republished content from this blog.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me at email@example.com