Website Policies

Who we are

Our website address is: http://themelaninvoyage.com/.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Contact forms are used to collect emails to send you informative information only. We do not sell your information.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Disclaimer for The Melanin Voyage

If you require any more information or have any questions about our site’s disclaimer, please feel free to contact us by email at melanin voyage (No Space) at Gmail Dot Com.

Disclaimers for www.themelaninvoyage.com:

All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. www.themelaninvoyage.com does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this website (www.themelaninvoyage.com), is strictly at your own risk. www.themelaninvoyage.com will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of our website.

From our website, you can visit other websites by following hyperlinks to such external sites. While we strive to provide only quality links to useful and ethical websites, we have no control over the content and nature of these sites. These links to other websites do not imply a recommendation for all the content found on these sites. Site owners and content may change without notice and may occur before we have the opportunity to remove a link which may have gone ‘bad’.

Please be also aware that when you leave our website, other sites may have different privacy policies and terms which are beyond our control. Please be sure to check the Privacy Policies of these sites as well as their “Terms of Service” before engaging in any business or uploading any information.

Consent

By using our website, you hereby consent to our disclaimer and agree to its terms.

Disclosure Policy

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me – and only me!  I share what I find because I truly love to help others learn the business of travel, lifestyle and blogging.

However, at the same time, I do believe it is OK that I am compensated by advertisers for the time and effort I put forth in sharing this information with you.  I may be earning money from the plugin you buy or the course you sign up for.  You may also see ads in my sidebars and footers – and I receive compensation for these as well.  (And I thank you for supporting me in this way!)

One thing that is important to note is that the money I am paid will never influence the content, topics or posts I make. I do not allow guest posts where the party has paid me to share content. I don’t believe in those types of posts, so you will never find them here.

I am not compensated in any way to provide my opinions on products, services, websites or any other topic.  All opinions are 100% my own — and trust me – I’ve definitely got an opinion! Always keep in mind that I do republish content as may be provided by a manufacturer/retailer directly or from their site and any questions about such content should be verified with them.

If there is a giveaway on my site, the review is my own and is never influenced in any way by anything I may have received.  Often times, I am provided with a product for review and for my time and sharing my opinions, I am allowed to keep the product for my personal use. This will be properly disclosed on the giveaway itself as I have nothing to hide.

Affiliate Disclosure Notice:  It is important to also note that TheMelaninVoyage.com is a participant in several affiliate programs you can find here, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to these affiliates and affiliated sites. It is also important to remember that prices change quickly so you will need to confirm the price I share in the post is the price you pay prior to finalizing your purchase.

I take great pride in ensuring that the content on this site is from a company I could recommend.  If I don’t believe in the company or what it is has to offer, I won’t share it.  My readers are more important than compensation.  I would never share a deal just to make a sale.

(Updated February 4, 2020)