How aware are you of being tracked on blogs?
There really wasn't a good place to put this and I didn't want to necessarily make an entire post about it. But I'm curious about this.
How aware are you of how much bloggers track you? We're all aware that retail websites leave cookies so if you visit LLBean you'll start seeing LLBean ads on different sites.
I'm talking more when bloggers use things like ConvertKit or Infusionsoft or Birdsend and they track everything you click to put you on certain mailing lists, track the paths that you take on their site, know how often you have been on their site, know when you last opened an email and which links you clicked on (if any), etc.
Are most non-bloggers aware of this? Does it bother you? Do you just accept it as part of being online? Or does it feel like a violation of your privacy?
I'm genuinely curious as I struggle to sort this out for myself.
Thankful wife of David for 22 years and momma to Caroline for 13 years - Relaxed/Unschoolerish - Lover of books - Seeker of wisdom - Drinker of too many coconut milk mochas from Starbucks
Everywhere I go online I get these little messages about the site using cookies. So I am sort-of aware of being tracked, though now that I read your post I'm more well-informed. I don't really know what the alternative is for me -- just stop hanging out on blogs looking for free printables and interesting articles? I kind of expect that if folks are giving me free stuff online that they must be getting something for it -- my clicks or eyeballs on ads or whatever. I didn't like my web browsing following me into FB ads, so I changed my browser settings, and then I just left FB.
It was news to me that bloggers can discover whether I open their emails or not. I thought that information was held on my end. I myself have no idea whether folks read my emails unless they respond. I'm also not in the practice of emailing those I don't know personally, so there's that. I expect to be tracked when I'm actually on the blog site, especially if it's one that sells lots of stuff. My favorite kinds of blogs have typically been "a day in the life of a homeschooling mom," "how I organized my craft closet without buying $$ container system," or "see pictures of how our homestead is coming along"-- not selling advice or stuff so much as interesting stories and problem-solving. These seem to be harder to find now than three or four years ago.