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People have different opinions about what constitutes an “honest” review. For some, an honest review means any kind of write-up that the user derives some sort of value out of, regardless of whatever the financial relationship is between the reviewing web site and the company behind the product being reviewed. At the other end of the spectrum, there are those that believe that any kind of affiliate or re-seller relationship taints the quality of the review; that the reviewer inherently will seek to glorify the product in question and minimize the potential costs, among other things. Still others are somewhere in the middle of these two arguments.
I respect wherever you might fall on this continuum. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you feel comfortable reading and or demoing a piece of software knowing that I may receive a commission. I don’t take offense in either case. You’re certainly not obligated to purchase a particular piece of software through my link. If you want, you can always Google the software in question and go through the provider’s link.
At the end of the day, I hope the quality of the review speaks for itself: I try and go above and beyond the small summary posts and thinly-veiled advertisements that are typically passed off as “reviews.” I write honest, in-depth guides that take you step by step through what I feel are the pros and cons of the software. I don’t write puff pieces and I make clear at the end of each post who I feel will get the most out of this software and who won’t. If there’s a free alternative that I think you can use that makes more sense, I will recommend and even link you to it.
I am in this for the long haul and regardless of whether I receive a commission on a product or not, you can be assured that if it’s something I feel will help the readers of this site, I will write about it, plainly and honestly.
Moreover, if at any point I do consulting for any potential software client talked about either on Sustained Surge or in the Weekly Newsletter, I will mention that as well.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Founder/Editor, Sustained Surge