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The privacy of our visitors to Jess Explains It All is important to us.

At Jess Explains It All, we recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Here is information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you use and visit Jess Explains It All, and how we safeguard your information. We never sell your personal information to third parties.

Log Files As with most other websites, we collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.

Cookies and Web Beacons We do use cookies to store information, such as your personal preferences when you visit our site. This could include only showing you a popup once in your visit, or the ability to log in to some of our features, such as forums.

We also use third party advertisements on Jess Explains It All to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geo targeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).

DoubleClick DART cookies We also may use DART cookies for ad serving through Google’s DoubleClick, which places a cookie on your computer when you are browsing the web and visit a site using DoubleClick advertising (including some Google AdSense advertisements). This cookie is used to serve ads specific to you and your interests (“interest based targeting”). The ads served will be targeted based on your previous browsing history (For example, if you have been viewing sites about visiting Las Vegas, you may see Las Vegas hotel advertisements when viewing a non-related site, such as on a site about hockey). DART uses “non personally identifiable information”. It does NOT track personal information about you, such as your name, email address, physical address, telephone number, social security numbers, bank account numbers or credit card numbers. You can opt-out of this ad serving on all sites using this advertising by visiting http://www.doubleclick.com/privacy/dart_adserving.aspx 

You can choose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to log in to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.

Deleting cookies does not mean you are permanently opted out of any advertising program. Unless you have settings that disallow cookies, the next time you visit a site running the advertisements, a new cookie will be added.

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I blog because I love writing, I always have.  I don’t do it because I make money from it, but rather more for the pleasure of writing about what I love – cooking, fashion, home decor, traveling, and also sharing tips with my readers.

Sure, it’s great to see a surprise deposit to my bank account from an affiliate payment, but compared to the hours spent, it’s not really “making” money.  I’ve even heard some people call it “welfare for bloggers”.

I do think that if I am to make the best use of the time I spend doing what I love (blogging), I should make use of affiliate programs to recommend the things I love as well.  This does provide me with a tiny bit of income – and it also helps my readers to find products they may love too!

The Google AdSense ads and other click style ads in the sidebar help pay for part of our internet connection.

Also when you click on certain affiliate links in some of my posts on this site, I make a small percentage here and there when you purchases something from the site during your visit there (but the price is the same for you).  Please rest assured knowing that if I post an affiliate link to a product, it is something that I personally use, support and would recommend without an affiliate link.

One of the major sites that I am an affiliate for is Amazon and I hope to look into some other services as well.

Thanks so much for reading Jess Explains It All and if you ever decide to purchase something through any of my affiliate links, thank you also for helping support my site!

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