FTC Advertising & Affiliate Disclosure

UPDATED ON OCTOBER 1ST, 2011

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: ‘Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials,’ I’m providing full disclosure on how this site operates. To satisfy all readers, you’ll find both a short and long version. It’s important for you as a consumer to understand the relationship between a person reviewing a product and the manufacturer or service provider.

ADVERTISING AND AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

SHORT VERSION:

This disclosure is provided so you as a consumer understands the relationship between a person reviewing, endorsing, or writing about a product or service and the manufacturer or service provider. This website participates in various affiliate programs in which the owner(s) receive a commission whenever you purchase through a link on this site. These links can be in the form of text links located throughout the site, in blog posts, on pages, linked from images within a post or on a page, buttons, within the sidebar, and graphic ads such as banners. We are independently owned, and the views and opinions expressed on this website are purely the writer’s own. Any product claim, feature, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified.

Even though the owner(s) of this website may have been provided compensation, we always post honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences based on our research and/or experience with the product or service. This means that the content of posts on this blog are never influenced by advertisers or an affiliate partnership.

LONG VERSION:

This website is a for-profit business venture created to provide a one-stop resource for news, new product announcements, tips, & in depth reviews on cell phone monitoring and tracking apps, spy gadgets, and related cell phone spy and tracking technologies. This means that, while there is no charge for you to access and read this website, income is generated based on advertising revenues, and other programs to earn an income and cover the costs of maintaining this site.

Costs to maintain the site include such things as hosting fees, purchasing software and products to test, buying various cell phones in order to test products on various devices, marketing this website, domain name fees, and more. All these things add up, so I always appreciate your support!!

Moreover, I DO NOT develop, manufacture, or have any type of investment in any cell phone monitoring or tracking software product company or any other product or service mentioned on this site or anywhere else. The only relationship between myself, this site and any product or service discussed or reviewed, is via one or more of the advertising programs outlined below.

Listed below you will find the various types of “advertising” this site participates in. It is my sincere hope that the information provided will help my readers better understand this site’s “revenue model” and how I do business online.

AFFILIATE PROGRAMS

This website participates in numerous affiliate programs in which we receive a commission whenever you purchase through a link posted on this site. Even though I’m not an affiliate of every product or service that is mentioned either in a news story, product announcement, or in a review on this site, you should assume that if you click on ANY link, that I may get a commission. These links can be in the form of text links located throughout the site, in blog posts, on pages, within images posted within a post or page, and graphic ads such as banners, buttons and widgets. This site may also use them in content when endorsing or reviewing a product. When you do make a purchase via any affiliate links, these purchases are the same price you would pay if you did not come from one of the links on this site.

Affiliate programs this site is (or formerly was) a part of include:

  • BrickHouse Security (via Commission Junction)
  • Flexispy
  • MobiStealth
  • Mobile Spy
  • PhoneSheriff
  • Reverse Phone Detective
  • Sniper Spy
  • Spyera
  • StealthGenie
  • WebWatcher (former)

PRODUCT REVIEWS

This website DOES accept free sample products from businesses who wish to share their products with this site. Accepting those products DOES NOT influence this site’s decision to mention the product or company on this site and/or to write a favorable review. It does give the company submitting a product the opportunity to call attention to their products.

In most cases, I purchase the products myself so that I can be sure to get versions of products that my readers will get and not one that is built specifically for me to test. In addition, by purchasing my own products to test without the vendor knowing who I am, I’m able to measure such things as product download times, quality of the vendor’s customer service, and other non product specific items that may be important to my readers.

PAID ADVERTISING

Although this type of advertising has not been launched yet, banner advertisement space will be offered very soon on a limited basis as space becomes available. Most of the banner and button advertising will be Pay Per Click using either Google Adsense (identified as “Ads by Google”), Page impressiones that are paid by advertisers to Google and in turn Google serves them to “adsense partners, Linkshare, clickbank or one of our other “affiliated programs.” We also plan to offer advertising space in for a fee based upon size ad and availability. This means when you you click on an Google ad (Pay Per Click programs), this site receives a very small referral fee, which I appreciate very much.

All advertising on this site must conform to the overall content, which means I only accept relevant content that I feel will be helpful to my readers.

FULL DISCLOSURE

This site’s goal is to provide readers with valuable news related to the cell phone monitoring and tracking software industry, cell phone spy app product reviews, and other types of relevant content that enables my readers to stay informed on cell phone monitoring and tracking software, learn about new monitoring and tracking products, and make educated decisions on product purchases. I will ALWAYS gives honest recommendations and reviews, and will post both positive and negative analysis on products regardless if I’ve received a free sample, or if I’m an affiliate of the product being reviewed. In most cases, I’ll provide clear reasons for choosing one product over another, and will also provide alternative products in addition to the one I’m writing about.

If you see anything that appears to be contrary to the above disclosure, please let me know so that I can either clarify or correct the situation, or update the disclosure in question.

Thanks!

DISCLAIMER: Cell phone monitoring software is designed for monitoring your children or employees on a smartphone you own or have proper consent to monitor (in compliance with applicable laws), and you must inform anyone who uses a device upon which the software is installed that their activity may be monitored. You should NEVER attempt to spy on a cell phone you don’t own, monitor your spouse, significant other or adult children with any cell phone monitoring product without the consent and knowledge of such persons. Doing so may be illegal, and violate local, state, and federal laws in your country and you could be subject to civil or criminal penalties. We will cooperate with authorities in investigation of any allegations of misuse. If you are uncertain of your rights to monitor the usage of a cellular device, you should consult legal counsel BEFORE purchasing.

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: This disclosure is provided so you as a consumer understands the relationship between a person reviewing, endorsing, or writing about a product or service and the product owner or service provider. This website participates in various affiliate programs in which the owner(s) receive a commission whenever you purchase through a link on this site. These links can be in the form of text links located throughout the site, in blog posts, on pages, linked from images within a post or on a page, buttons, within the sidebar, and graphic ads such as banners. Even though the owner(s) of this website may have been provided compensation, we always post honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences based on our research and/or experience with the product or service. We are independently owned, and the views and opinions expressed on this website are purely the writer’s own. Any product claim, feature, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified. For more details click HERE.

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DISCLAIMER

Cell phone monitoring software is designed for monitoring your children or employees on a smartphone you own or have proper consent to monitor (in compliance with applicable laws), and you must inform anyone who uses a device upon which the software is installed that their activity may be monitored. You should NEVER attempt to spy on a cell phone you don’t own, monitor your spouse, significant other or adult children with any cell phone monitoring product without the consent and knowledge of such persons. Doing so may be illegal, and violate local, state, and federal laws in your country and you could be subject to civil or criminal penalties. We will cooperate with authorities in investigation of any allegations of misuse. If you are uncertain of your rights to monitor the usage of a cellular device, you should consult legal counsel BEFORE purchasing.

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