Unlike many media outlets, we’re a small independent operation that cares about keeping consumers well informed with up to date information about products. We need to make money to keep the site running, but we will never compromise the trust from our readers in doing so.
Transparency is vital, so we’re open about how we make money, and what we will and won’t accept from vendors and advertisers.
How We Make Money
The Product Grid earns money through advertising, affiliate commissions and product sales.
Text, banner or video adverts are placed in articles on the site that are targeted to be relevant to the content of that article or the consumer's interests. If you click on ads, we’ll earn a commission. We generally have minimal control over the individual ads that are shown, but block subject matter like pornography and gambling that we don’t wish to be associated with.
If you have a problem with any specific ad you see, take a screenshot of it and let us know via the contact form.
Often, when we link to a product or service, we’ll do so using an affiliate program. This means that we may earn a commission if you buy something from the vendor after clicking on that link.
The presence or absence of an affiliate program has no bearing on whether we mention a given product or service, or how we mention it — we’ve given plenty of negative reviews to products that have affiliate programs, and plenty of positive ones to products that don’t. Still, if you think a given review was influenced by the presence of an affiliate link, be sure to let us know.
These two approaches allow us to pay our hosting costs and our writers, and keep the site alive. Without them, we’d have been forced to shut down years ago.
As with most other review sites, we’re often approached by vendors to review their products and services for our audience. We reject anything that’s not directly relevant, or that we’ve already covered in sufficient detail in the past. When we think there’s a good chance the product or service may be useful to our readers, the vendor will usually provide a sample or trial for us to evaluate.
We are always clear up front that there’s no guarantee of positive coverage, or any coverage at all, as a result of receiving something for review. We’ve been critical of such products in the past (here’s an example), and will continue to recommend against buying anything that doesn’t provide genuine value to travellers.
What We Don’t Do
There are many other ways to make money online, most of which we’re not comfortable with. As a result, you won’t ever see us taking money to link to companies for SEO (or any other) purposes.
You won’t see any “native advertising”, “sponsored content,” or “influencer campaigns” from us either. This is where advertisers pay sites like ours to mention their business positively on the site and social media. It’s common around the web, but we believe it undermines reader trust, and as a result, won’t do it.
We want you to be able to rely on our advice, and to do that, we need to stay independent. This means that we will leave money on the table, if we believe taking it would compromise the integrity of what we have to say.
Got any questions about our approach? You’re more than welcome to contact us!
The product reviews you see on this site are generated via a mix of staff opinion and text mining algorithms to understand consumer sentiment and experience with a product. We do our best to be as objective as possible in reviews, but udnerstand they may not be a true reflection of a product's actual attributes or qualities especially if they change since time of publishing.
The Product Grid is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, and other Amazon sites.