How this site makes money
Inventability is not a charity, NPC, or social enterprise and receives no institutional, government, or VC funding. (If we get that kind of funding we'll tell you about it on this page, and if we convert to a Social Enterprise we'll go on about it for ages.) It's a project of Limograf Limited, the proper registered company we set up to handle money for all our mad projects.
We try to meet the costs of running inventability.net in three main ways:
We put ads in our sidebar and in the footer of most posts. We try to make sure there is nothing horrible in the ads we show - no girlie shots and no noisy/flashing things. If we are showing you ads like that, it's completely by mistake and we'd really appreciate it if you'd let us know so we can fix it. We mark adverts with the heading "Advertising" so it's really clear.
If you have an adblocker, you can help keep this site going by "whitelisting" us —disabling it for this domain, but we're not going to block you back or make you do this or anything.
2. Affiliate Linking
When we link to products for makes or review stuff we've tried out, we try to find an affiliate link to put in the post. Affiliate linking means that if you click through from inventability and buy a product, we get a small percentage back from the store. It costs you the same either way. We look for affiliate links, but we'll always try to link to the cheapest price at the time of posting or best choice of product or provider, and if that doesn't have an affiliate programme then we are just out of luck! It's always fine to link to cheaper prices or better options in the comments on a post. The primary goal is to give the best information we can. Every post that has affiliate links is marked, and links back to this page to explain what that means. Every product we specifically recommend is something we have used ourselves. If we don't have one to recommend, we'll link to a useful list of products, to show the kind of thing we mean, instead. If you have any other questions on this then please do ask us.
We'll list each Affiliate Programme we join on this page and link to the relevant disclosure on any page that uses affiliate linking. So far we've only signed up to Amazon:
Inventability 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.co.uk.
3. Donations and Subscriptions
We also just flat out ask for money. At the end of long and in depth articles on the site you'll see a donate box, just like this:
If you can afford to be a patron, that's brill. But if you can't, that's okay too. We know about being broke.
In the future we have products planned: a book, an app, etc, and we'll sell those in an inventability shop on the website. Watch this space!