This page explains our use of affiliate links in simple terms.
While browsing MakeUseOf, you may find that we sometimes use affiliate links to help support the running cost of our site. These links pay us a very, very small compensation if you do decide to make a purchase based on our recommendation. However, our judgement is in no way biased, and our recommendations are always based on the merits of the items. As you can tell from our product review conclusions, we always provide advice on whether a product is worth purchasing. These affiliate links help us to stay afloat.
You’ll also notice that we use our iTunes affiliate links where appropriate. Rest assured, these affiliate links do not affect you in any way. They will, however, share a small portion of the sale with us. These links are always added after the article or review is written. We won’t publish a biased review for the sole purpose of profiting from affiliate sales. That goes against our principles.
Some of our Best Of lists also contain affiliate links. Notable ones include our Best Web Hosting Services, Best VPN Service Providers, Best iOS Apps, Best iPad Apps pages and a few others. These pages were created with our readers in mind, and therefore, we only recommend the best apps and services. Affiliate links were inserted only as an afterthought, which again, pays us a very small compensation if you do decide to buy or sign up for a service. These links also appear in individual review articles.
And now, some legal stuff:
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links on MakeUseOf.com are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers. We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
A quick word regarding sponsored articles, manuals and giveaways
Whenever a company contracts us to write about their product in the form of a review, manual or giveaway, we will always disclose that fact in the published work. We only choose to partner with high-quality clients in order to preserve our reputation. At the same time, we try to be as honest as possible, ensuring that our readers receive the most truthful information about the apps and services we review. Therefore, you have nothing to worry about — sponsored articles, manuals and giveaways are written by the same people who publish regular, non-sponsored articles, and contains the same advice we’d normally dish out. We do not discriminate.
What are Fast-Tracked articles?
This simply means that the initial round of evaluation by the editor was expedited. Fast-Track is a paid feature where apps and services are considered for a review within 1-2 business days. If the editor accepts Fast-Tracked app or service, the rest of the process is completed internally at our regular pace. We maintain editorial integrity completely. If we feel that the app or service doesn’t deserve to be reviewed, we refund the money.
At any rate, Fast-Track articles should look and feel the same as regular articles, because they are.