When you sign up for my newsletter, I collect your email address, plus your first and last name if you choose to provide it. I use this information to send you updates about my books, including emails about my new releases, special deals and promotions that involve my books, and periodic news about what I’m up to. I don’t use this information for anything else. I will never sell, trade, or give away your email address. People who sell email addresses should have their internet access revoked.
When you visit my website, a WordPress plugin called Jetpack records your IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, URL of the page you’re visiting, URL of the page you came from, time of visit, browser language, and country code. Automattic, the maker of Jetpack, deletes this data after 28 days.
I don’t have access to this information. Jetpack uses this information to tell me how many people visited my website on any given day, how many views each individual page has gotten, how many people have reached my site from a particular website (for example, Facebook), what search terms people have used to get to my site, and how many clicks each of my links have gotten.
That’s it! I hope that wasn’t too painful. If you want something more fun to read after that, I’ve got you covered 🙂