Per the FTC regulations, this is a full explanation of how and when we are compensated on TheFamilyPickers.com.
In order to help pay all the costs associated with running an online business (hosting fees, domain name, blog design, our time and that of those who help us), there are many ways in which we are compensated.
Opinions on the Website
The integrity of TheFamilyPickers.com is of the utmost importance to us. We will never promote anything that we fully do not believe in, even if offered to be compensated for it. Likewise, we will not promote something that is not valuable to you, as our reader, nor would we promote anything that does not fit into the specified categories on this site.
On occasion, we will accept a product review if it lines up with the sites’ overall theme, and we think you, as a reader, could benefit from the information. Never can our opinion be bought, and the product review is 100% our words, our opinions, and our thoughts with 100% honesty. If a product or service is mentioned, and you do not see the disclaimer on the page, we were not compensated for it. It just happened that we thought you might appreciate the information.
On occasion, we will accept guest posts to be written by others and published on this site, if they line up with the overall theme, and we think you would benefit from the information. Be assured that we only do this with individuals that we believe in, and would be of genuine interest to you.
Another way in which we are compensated is through sales or leads generated through affiliate marketing links.
Again, it is important for us to mention that we will never put a link up just to make money.
Some of our favorite companies that we use and promote are:
Amazon (I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associate Program)
eBay Partner Network
Sovrn (formally VigLink)
Clicking on an affiliate link and making a purchase or signing up for a service will be earning us a commission and helping us to keep this blog going.
We accept whole-page banner ads for direct selling and network marketing companies. These companies must be approved by us and must be 100% legitimate companies. There are too many scams out there for work at home situations, and we do not take this section of the site lightly. These companies will only be ones that have a proven track record of being scam-free and safe to work for. The leaders who are promoted for each company also have been approved and there will only be one representative per company. we will not advertise two reps simultaneously. During the time frame that a representative has a whole-page banner ad placed on this site, other reps from the same company cannot be considered. This is done to avoid confusion for our readers.
Cookies and Web Beacons
To make this site work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device. Most all big websites do this.
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.
How to control cookies
You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.
Controlling Your Privacy
You can change your browser settings to disable cookies if you have any privacy concerns. Disabling cookies for all sites is not recommended as it may interfere with your use of some sites. The best option is to disable or enable cookies on a site-by-site basis. Run a Google search for instructions on how to block cookies and other tracking mechanisms.
Any ads served by Google, Inc., and affiliated companies may be controlled using cookies. These cookies allow Google to display ads based on your visits to this site and other sites that use Google advertising services. Learn how to opt out of Google’s cookie usage. As mentioned above, any tracking done by Google through cookies and other mechanisms is subject to Google’s own privacy policies.
In compliance with GDPR policies, this privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for TheFamilyPickers.com.
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please click here for the opt out page.
What information do we collect and how is it used?
Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: We may collect personal information from you such as your name or email address. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to the Website by leaving a comment, subscribing to a newsletter, or submitting a contact form.
Automatically-Collected Information: We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. For example, when you use the Website, we will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked.
How your information may be used
We may use the information collected in the following ways:
To operate and maintain the Website;
To send you newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings;
To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
To send you products you have purchased;
To respond to your comments or inquiries;
To track and measure advertising on the Website;
To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.
Third-Party Use of Personal Information
We may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize us to share your information.
Additionally, the Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.
Personal data is collected by Website for the following purposes and using the following third-party service providers:
Analytics collected directly and Google Analytics
Personal Data: Cookies and Usage Data
Personal Data: Cookies and Usage Data
Contacting the User
Contact form / Google docs spreadsheet
Personal Data: email address, first name, city/state
Personal Data: email address, first and last name, item purchased, date purchased, total payment amount
Interaction with external social networks and platforms
Pinterest “Pin it” button and social widgets
Personal Data: Cookies and Usage Data
Managing contacts and sending messages
Personal Data: email address and first name (optional)
Traffic optimization and distribution
At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. This list may be amended from time to time in the Website’s sole discretion.
Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent.
From time to time, we may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.
Publicly Visible Information
If you leave a comment on this Website, your name and comment (and URL if entered) will be publicly visible.
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please see: http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp
On the Website, you may subscribe to our newsletter, which may be used for advertising purposes. All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.
Links to Other Websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
Rights Related to Your Personal Information
Opt-out – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. You may also notify us at the contact link at the bottom of this form to be removed from our mailing list.
Access – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to the contact link at the bottom of this form.
Amend – You may contact us at the contact link at the bottom of this form to amend or update your personal information.
Forget – In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to the contact link at the bottom of this form.
Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law such as in the case of product sales.
Sensitive Personal Information
The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at the contact link at the bottom of this form and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
If you have any concerns about this policy, please feel free to contact us.