Transparency

I’m aiming to make Confusopoly.com different from—and more useful than—most other websites offering commentary and evaluation.

Beyond just avoiding dishonesty, I want to go out of my way to explain the rationales behind the claims I make, emphasize the limitations of my analyses, and clearly disclose conflicts of interest.

Authenticity

I try to write in a style that provides an honest reflection of my capabilities. Confusopoly.com isn’t backed by a team of PhD-holding experts with extensive careers in the industries covered. I create most of the content. I have strong analytical skills but no impressive, formal credentials.

I aim to avoid what I think of as “disingenuous rigor.” I try to avoid using complicated mathematical methods or presenting myself as data-driven in cases where math and data are not informing my views in substantive ways.

Footnotes

I regularly use footnotes to expand on my reasoning or cite sources. When I use footnotes to cite other work, I often quote a relevant passage from the source and link to an archived copy. I hope to eventually release simple, open-source software tools that make it easy for other website owners and content creators to follow similar practices.

Conflicts of interest

I’m not impartial. I receive commissions from some of the companies mentioned on this site. This is a significant threat to my objectivity. There’s a risk I’ll be biased in favor of companies that offer me large commissions. If you think my assessments are being adversely affected by my conflicts of interest, please call me out.

Additionally, I want to make it clear that my decisions about which industries to investigate and how deeply to investigate are definitely impacted by the financial incentives involved. There are many industries that tend to cause confusion for consumers, and I only cover some of them. It’s not a coincidence that web hosting services generally offer large commissions and that web hosting was one of the first services I evaluated in depth.

Below, I list companies I receive commissions from with details about the arrangements.

I don’t guarantee that this information is accurate or up-to-date. Please contact me if you have any questions.


Web hosts


Namecheap

Last updated: 2/9/2019

Namecheap offers the following commission rates on its products:

  • Hosting packages – 35%
  • Domains – 20%
  • SSL certificates – 35%
  • Private email – 20%
  • PremiumDNS -20%
  • Apps – 0%
  • Marketplace and premium domains – 0%

I expect that commissions are only paid on the first invoice for products with recurring billing, but I’m not sure.

View affiliate program information on Namecheap’s website.


SiteGround

Last updated: 2/9/2019

SiteGround offers one-time commissions of variable sizes based on the number of users referred each month.

  • 1-5 Sales per month – $50 per sale
  • 6-10 sales per month – $75 per sale
  • 11-20 sales per month – $100 per sale
  • 20+ sales per month – Custom arrangement

View affiliate program information on SiteGround’s website.


Wireless service providers


AT&T Mobility

Last updated: 5/20/2019

I’m a member of an AT&T Mobility affiliate program. As I understand it, the following, one-time commissions are offered:[1]

  • $80 for a regular postpaid line
  • $40 for a postpaid data-only line
  • $8 for the purchase of an upgrade

I don’t believe any commissions are offered on prepaid service.


Sprint

Last updated: 5/21/2019

I’m a member of a Sprint affiliate program. I’m unclear on how the program’s payout structure works. I believe there is a $64 commission for new service contracts that involve the purchase of a device. I don’t know if I receive commissions when customers bring their own devices.


Mint Mobile

Last updated: 6/5/2019

I’m a member of a Mint Mobile affiliate program that offers commissions of $1.60 per sale.[2]


Tello

Last updated: 6/6/2019

I’m a member of a program that offers an 80% commission on custom plans from Tello and an $8 commission on pay-as-you-go plans.[3]


Ting

Last updated: 5/6/2019

Ting offers a $25 commission for every new line of service activated.

View affiliate program information on Ting’s website.


Total Wireless

Last updated: 6/5/2019

I’m a member of a Total Wireless affiliate program that offers a $24 commission on “top tier item sales” and a 6.4% commission on some other types of purchases.[4]


Verizon Wireless

Last updated: 5/21/2019

I’m a member of a Verizon affiliate program. As I understand it, the following commission structure is used:[5]

  • $80 for new, postpaid service contracts
  • $24 for prepaid service or additional postpaid lines
  • 12% on accessories

Other


I’m currently trialing Skimlinks. Skimlinks has partnerships with a lot of merchants and automatically converts some of my non-affiliate links to affiliate links. Details about the merchants Skimlinks works with can be found here.

Footnotes

  1. My impression is based on information available within my account on an affiliate platform.
  2. Mint has a different program I may join in the future that offers commissions of $20 per sale.
  3. This is based on information available within my account on an affiliate platform.
  4. This is based on information available within my account on an affiliate platform. Some purchases appear to be non-commissionable. I’m not entirely sure what constitutes “top tier item sales.”
  5. My impression is based on information found within my account on an affiliate platform.