Like many websites, this site uses log files. The information in the log files include:
Internet Protocol addresses (IP)
Types of browser
Internet Service Provider (ISP)
Date and time stamp
Referring and exit pages
Number of clicks
I use this information to get a feel for the types of site content that is well-received and for insights into what devices visitors in general are using to view the site (so I can create the best site design for ease of use.) As you will read below, I am currently looking into alternative ways to fulfill these functions.
Cookies & Code
This site also uses a few third-party cookies (see below.) Please note that I have no access to or control over third-party cookies. You should review the respective privacy policies on any and all third-party servers for more information regarding their practices and how to opt-out.
If you wish to disable cookies, you can do so through your web browser options. Instructions for doing so and for other cookie-related management can be found on the specific web browsers’ websites.
This site currently serves Google Analytics cookies. Google, a third party vendor, says, “Google Analytics is Google’s analytics tool that helps website and app owners to understand how their visitors engage with their properties. It may use a set of cookies to collect information and report website usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors to Google.” You can find more information about this particular Google cookie in the Analytics Cookies category of the “Types of cookies used by Google” page.
I am currently experimenting with SlimStats Analytics on VSN’s WordPress pages which also serves a cookie. SlimStats is a WordPress plugin that allows sites to collect information on site visits that is only available to the site itself and is not shared with third-parties. If this trial goes well, I hope to switch away from Google Analytics to this method that I think will provide additional privacy to my visitors while still giving me the information I need about things like how many times a particular blog post is read or how many times an eArticle is downloaded. You can learn more about SlimStats Analytics on their website.
I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Amazon is a third party and their program is “an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.” If you use an affiliate link on my site to go to Amazon and make a purchase within 24 hours, I earn a small fee which helps offset blog related costs. I only use these links for products I’ve used myself unless specifically noted otherwise. These links are currently only found on my birding blog. You can read more about Amazon Affiliates on their website.
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Last Updated: April 16, 2018