|Written by Steve Schwettman|
It's a simple fact of the way that web sites work that web site owners have data as to how many people visited our web site, what area of the country they are from, what search engine they came from to find us, and various non-personally identifiable stuff like that. We can also get a list of IP addresses of everyone that comes to our site, although we can't really do much with it unless there is some legal reason for investigators to track you down (such as if you have been hacking web sites). We occasionally look at the non-personally identifiable data to learn what kinds of things Building-A-Garage's visitors are most interested in so we can expand those areas. We don't sell names or email addresses or any of that stuff.
Advertising and Ad Blocking Software
This web site cannot exist without advertising, it is what pays for our time, hosting fees, and other expenses. The price you pay for having free and open access to this information is that you have to see some advertisements. The ads are delivered by Google and targeted specifically to this web site, and typically represent excellent products and services to help you with your projects. This web site can only continue to exist if visitors view advertisements. If you have ad blocking software installed, please consider this fact.
Building-A-Garage.com does not use Interest-Based Advertising: Many web sites are currently using an "interest-based advertising" system that captures data about what sites you have visited in the past in order to deliver ads that are supposedly more relevant to you. We have found that this is an unnecessary invasion of privacy and therefore we do not use that system, to the extent that Google allows us to disable it.
This web site DOES NOT have pop up ads, animated flashing ads, "you have just won $1,000,000" ads, or any of that garbage. Building-A-Garage.com has ads from real business owners that want to help you with your projects, plain and simple.
So do all of us a favor and turn off the ad-blocking software. If you happen to go to a web site that bothers you with pop up ads and other garbage, don't go to that web site anymore, and send them a complaint via email if you have the time. THAT IS THE BEST AD BLOCKING THERE IS.
This content on this web site is based on personal amatuer experience and should in no way be construed as professional advice. I built a garage with the information I have learned and presented on this site, but that doesn't necessarily mean YOU can build a garage with the same information. There is no substitute for sound personal judgement.