Gizmo's Freeware Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

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Why is this site called Gizmo's Freeware while the URL is www.techsupportalert.com?

Pure history. The site started out more than 10 years ago as www.techsupportalert.com but has long been known colloquially as Gizmo's Freeware.

Today tens of thousands of other sites link to us at www.techsupportalert.com and the task of changing this to something more logical like gizmosfreeware.com is just too large to even consider.

 

Do I have to register?

No, site registration is only necessary if you wish to post to our forum or leave comments at the end of our reviews. Apart from that, there is no need to register as all the freeware information on this site is publicly accessible.

Registered users are never emailed. If you want to be emailed with our latest finds you need to be separately signed up to our RSS or email notifications - see below.

 

Do You Provide Technical Support?

No we are a review site only. However you if you have a question you can try posting it to our forum where one of our editors or another user may be able to provide an answer. Replies in the forum are based on good will and a sense of community rather than obligation so politeness in posing your question will greatly help your chance of getting an answer to your post. For details how to post, see below.

 

How do I post a question to your freeware forum?

You can find full instructions how to post here.

 

Do you have premium content?

No, this is a free site and will remain that way.

 

I'm a software developer, how can I get my product listed?

Easy; make it one of the best products in its class.

Here at Gizmo's Freeware we only list the top products so if your product is good enough it will be listed for free. You cannot pay to get listed at Gizmo's Freeware.

If your product is free and of sufficient quality then you may bring it to our attention by contacting the editor of the software category to which your product belongs. To do this:

1. Go to our home page and login. If you are not yet registered then create an account. It is free and immediate.

1. From the home page identify the correct software category for your product

2. Go to the review for that category

3. Click on the editor's name that appears at the top of the review and select "Contact"

4. State what your product does and what features it offers that you consider superior to our current recommendations for products in that category.

The editor will contact you if he/she considers the product to be of interest. If it cuts the mustard it will be listed without charge.

Note that if a particular software category does not currently have an editor you can use the site contact form to let us know about your product.

 

How do I advertise my products on your site?

You can't as we don't accept ads from individual advertisers. The only ads we run are via Google AdSense. This is done to maintain our independence as our only relationship is with Google not the individual advertisers who use Google's AdSense/AdWords service.

You are of course free to buy advertising from Google but that is no guarantee that Google will choose to run your ads on our site.

 

How is this site funded?

This is a community based site and our aspiration is to keep the site independent and non-commercial. We are not affiliated with any commercial website or software developer.

We try to fund this site by donations from site visitors and selling "Gizmo's Freeware" branded merchandise. Any shortfall is funded with advertising. We only carry advertising from Google AdSense. That way we have no dealing with advertisers just with Google. This means we are totally free of any advertiser pressure and able to maintain total independence.

Since mid 2015 we have carried a limited number of reviews of paid software. To ensure the reviews of these products are independant of the vendors, the reviews are carried out anonymously without the vendor being informed. Once the reviews are completed we avail ourselves of any referral schemes that exist for traffic we send to vendor's websites. This supplements our site income.

 

How can I find out about your latest freeware finds?

Sign up to one of our RSS feeds or subscribe to our email notifications from the RSS feeds. Full details of the various feeds we offer can be found here.

You can sign up to any of these services using the form at the top left of every page on the site including this page.

You can also "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter or Google+, all containing the same information as our RSS feed and email notifications.

 

Is this site related to Windows Secrets?

No, Gizmo and this website have no ownership in Windows Secrets newsletter or their website and vice versa. Additionally we don't have any co-operative arrangements with Windows Secrets; both sites are totally independent.

People get confused on this as the Windows Secrets website does contain many freeware articles and recommendations that were originally published in Gizmo's old Support Alert newsletter. Windows Secrets obtained this material as a result of the merger of Support Alert with Windows Secrets newsletter in July 2008. Please note that some of this material has not been updated and may no longer reflect the view and opinions of Gizmo or this website.

Additionally, as part of the newsletter merger, Gizmo agreed to write two new articles per month for Windows Secrets newsletter for a period of two years until July 2010. He no longer writes for Windows Secrets and has no connection with them.

Gizmo's Freeware does not publish a newsletter but does publish an RSS feed and associated email notification that lists our most recent freeware finds, Windows tips, informative articles and more.

You can subscribe to our notifications of hot new free products via RSS, email, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. You can also subscribe to the feed using any of these means by using the form at the top left of this page.

 

Where can I find back issues of Gizmo's newsletter?

The newsletter ceased publication in June 2008 but all back issues, including the premium paid edition, are freely available on this site here. This includes a search facility. From the same location you can also download a searchable archive of all back issues.

 

Is there a foreign language version of your site?

No but our volunteers have hand translated a number of our most popular articles into Spanish and Chinese. You can find a full listing of the translated articles here:

Spanish articles

Chinese articles

 

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