The Information I Collect
Like many other website owners, I use Google Analytics to gather data about visitors. Google Analytics is a service that monitors each page of my website and records information such as:
In addition to monitoring impersonal data through Google Analytics, you may choose to opt in to receive my email newsletter. By opting into this service, you supply your personal email address which is stored securely in a database.
How I use your information
Google Analytics Data
The tracking information I receive from Google helps me to gauge better exactly why you've arrived at my website, and what tutorials most interest you. This allows me to make better decisions about what tutorials I should make next. By getting a more clear understanding of my visitors, I can adapt the site to serve you better.
Additional Third Party Services
Links to Other Websites
Cookies are small pieces of data stored on your hard drive that allow websites to perform actions such as remembering your password on your next visit. On jeffteachesthings.com, cookies are used to remember the last section of a tutorial you were viewing. This is mostly useful in the event of you refreshing the page, as the website will remember your position. This cookie doesn't obtain any information from you other than the last section you clicked on. It is deleted when you close your browsing session. Google Analytics, however, will create cookies to help figure out unique visitors to the website. You can read more about this process here. Other than cookies generated by Google Analytics, you may also generate a cookie by clicking the link to opt out of tracking on my web page. This cookie simply remembers your preference so that you do not have to opt out of tracking every single time you visit.
Want to opt out of tracking?
I understand completely if any website tracking gives you the creeps. If you'd like to generate a cookie to block Google Analytics, then you may opt-out here. This cookie will last until the year 2099, though I imagine it will be quite stale by then... If you clear your browser's cookies, then you will have to click the link again to generate a new one.
If you are looking for a more permanent solution for blocking website tracking, you may consider using the official browser plugin for opting out of Analytics. This plugin will block Analytics all over the web.
If you have any questions regarding your privacy, you may always feel free to contact me by email at You may also reach me on twitter using my handle, @mrJeffTeaches.