Among articles with the byline D. Alan Carter or David Alan
Carter, any and all product reviews and/or
recommendations as part of those articles have
been written and edited by me, David Alan Carter. The
views and opinions expressed in these reviews/recommendations
are purely my own. I abide by ‘Word of Mouth' standards of
conduct and believe in honesty of identity, relationship and
While I always strive to
provide information that is timely and accurate, any claim,
statistic, quote or other representation about a product or
service upon which you intend to base a purchase decision
should be verified by you directly with the manufacturer,
provider or party in question.
I do not
accept sponsored content. No company or advertiser pays me to
write about, post or review their product or service.
Many, if not most
Web-based retailers and service providers, if they have a
product or service worth advertising, have an affiliate program
– the details of which can be found on their websites.
Affiliate marketing has become a common practice on the Web
ever since Amazon.com popularized the concept back in 1996.
Readers should be aware that I may have an affiliate
relationship with companies whose products I review or
otherwise promote in the course of my articles. What does
"affiliate relationship" mean? Does it mean that I'm routinely
invited to tea and crumpets aboard yachts owned by the moguls
behind resume writing services? No. I don't know any "moguls"
personally, and I'm not even sure what a crumpet is. It
does mean that I may have the prospect of receiving
compensation if a company succeeds. More specifically,
affiliates receive a small percentage from any sale generated
as a result of a link placed on a site by the affiliate.
Should you be concerned about a conflict of interest? In
general, I believe readers should always be concerned
about potential conflicts of interest. In my particular case, I
hope you'll weigh the following information (but you'll have to
decide for yourself).
I'm not some anonymous reviewer. In fact, I'm quite
forthright in offering up my identity and bearing my
professional background for all to see. I want you to know who
has written the review, and from what perspective I come at the
task (as a skeptical consumer, published author, and
developer of more than 50 informational websites). Bottom line:
my name and reputation matter to me. I'm not about to
jeopardize either by recommending some product or service that
I do not believe in.
Advice In General: Internet Postings, Blogs and
I'll state this again because
it bears repeating: readers should always be concerned
about potential conflicts of interest. While there are
companies and products out there that provide shockingly good
value, the internet is still the Wild West in many respects,
and you need to take what you read with a grain of salt. At a
minimum, you should know your author, know his or her
background, and know if any compensation is involved. And
finally, before you base a decision on any particular claim
made on any internet blog, social networking site or review
page, verify that claim with the company in question.
Thanks for taking the time to look this over. Keep up your
guard, and best of luck.
– David Alan Carter
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