Disclosure Statement

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 opinion.

Accuracy of Information
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.

Sponsored Content
I do not accept sponsored content. No company or advertiser pays me to write about, post or review their product or service.

Affiliate Relationships
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 Reviews
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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