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Advertising Disclaimer

By Will Ellis
Last Updated on April 30, 2024

Hello, there! Whether you’re here because you accidentally clicked on the button when trying to check out our awesome reviews for VPNs or if you just wanted to know how we keep the servers running, we’re glad you’re here!

On this page, you can find an explanation of our affiliate relationship with several of the developers we discuss, how we use the money we earn, and how all that really works. Let’s begin.

The Affiliate Process

If you’ve already spent some time on Privacy Australia, you’ve probably seen some of our top-tier reviews or guides, like our guide on the best VPNs for Australian citizens. These guides, you’ll notice, have links that take you to the purchasing page for the VPN in question. This format is true for any of our articles that include links directly to a product or service that someone other than ourselves created.

These aren’t ordinary links, however. They’re affiliate links, which means that they’re connected to a deposit account we use for this website. Every time you or some other visitor clicks on one of those links, we make a small profit.

If someone makes a purchase based on their trail from Privacy Australia to the product, we make another small profit on top of that. It all adds up to just a few American cents in total.

This does mean that we are technically paid for advertising a particular VPN service or other Internet anonymity tools. However, let us be clear: we don’t allow the potential for profit to influence our opinions or discussions on VPNs, Internet anonymity tools, or any other products or services we might showcase. Instead, all of our reviews or guides are as unbiased and free from ulterior motives as possible.

Reviewing Services

We create our reviews using specialized testing methods and personal experience instead of just looking at product specifications. In this way, we can actually give you real facts about a product that developers and manufacturers may not want to know without purchasing the product for yourself. We couldn’t do that if our writing was swayed by companies offering to “buy us out” in order for a good review.

To do this would not only be immoral but it would also be contrary to the entire point of Privacy Australia.

Instead of letting the pursuit of profit drive our focus, we’re dedicated to providing the Australian public with the tools and knowledge they need to maintain Internet anonymity and security as the world becomes more forgetful of these ideals. To that end, we won’t hesitate to warn you away from a particular product or service if we don’t feel that it’s worth your time or money.

Yet we don’t hesitate from sharing our real opinions based on experience or testing if we think something is an excellent pick for its main use.

Website Upkeep

Where does the money go? It adds up over time and is eventually used to help maintain the Privacy Australia website, allowing us to rent server space much more reliably. This is very helpful since most of us work other jobs and don’t use this website as our main career.

Having the freedom to focus on other aspects or writing means we can continue to provide you with excellent content and top-tier advice and resources when you need a VPN service or other Internet anonymity information. In essence, we don’t have to work as hard or take money from our own wallets to keep the site doors open.

At the time of this writing, Privacy Australia has affiliate relationships with the following companies and developers:

  • ExpressVPN
  • NordVPN
  • Surfshark
  • TunnelBear
  • Dashlane
  • Private Internet Access
  • ProtonVPN
  • CyberGhost
  • VPN
  • IPVanish
  • VyprVPN
  • PureVPN
  • IPVanish
  • Avast SecureLine
  • WindScribe
  • Trust.Zone
  • TorGuard
  • 1Password
  • LastPass
  • eToro
  • ADACS Security
  • Keeper
  • RoboForm

Ultimately, although we do make a small profit from each of these companies if a visitor on our site purchases one of their products or services, we remain steadfast in our commitment to neutrality. In short, we won’t give a good review to any of these companies’ products unless we truly feel that they deserve our recommendation. After all, you would do the same for us.

How We Make Money Through Our Site

Whenever someone clicks on an affiliate link or makes a purchase, the small profit is deposited into an account linked directly to the Privacy Australia website. We can then use this to fund the server space or other resources we might need in order to keep everyone’s visits here an enjoyable and smooth experience.

The overall profits don’t add up to much, so there’s no chance that we could use the meager earnings as some kind of get-rich-quick scheme. This is great for you as well; you can trust that clicking on one of our reviews or guides will lead you to information you can trust and opinions that aren’t bought and paid for.

Is It Really Enough to Pay For Everything?

In most cases, the profits we make from affiliate links are enough to help maintain the website in its current form. The articles, guides, and all other actionable content are written by either our main team or by volunteers who want to share in the fight for Internet anonymity. Many of them are paid either from our own wallets or do the work pro bono; this ideal is well worth fighting for even without payment.

In short, the affiliate profits are a nice addition that helps things run more smoothly but aren’t overall necessary for the continued operation of Privacy Australia. We intended to be around for quite some time regardless of the profits we can make through affiliate links, which is why we never relied on them too heavily in the first place.

We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read through our disclaimer and understand how we strive to provide you with unbiased reviews and opinions. Please enjoy your stay on our site; we hope you find it informative and enlightening!

The Privacy Australia Team

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