Transparency

I aim 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 a source, 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 unbiased. I receive commissions from some of the companies mentioned on this site. This is a significant threat to my objectivity. There’s a risk of overt bias—overstating the quality of companies that offer large commissions. If you think my assessments are being adversely affected by bias, 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 shared website hosting services generally offer large commissions and that shared 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

The program offers 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 AT&T Mobility’s affiliate program that is operated through FlexOffers.com. 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 Sprint’s affiliate program administered through FlexOffers. I’m unclear on how the 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.


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.


Verizon Wireless

Last updated: 5/21/2019

I’m a member of Verizon’s affiliate program administered through FlexOffers. As I understand it, the following commission structure is used:[2]

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

Footnotes

  1. My impression is based on information available to FlexOffers members. I don’t know if there is a web page with this information that does not require logging into the FlexOffers platform.
  2. My impression is based on information found within my FlexOffers account.