The links on MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG point either to related content on MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG, or to the best remedies. Meaning: External links point to the remedies that over the years have somehow proven to be the most suitable or most effective, and have the least side effects. See more below.
Remember, this is crucial for the overall well-being of your German Shepherd and for yourself! Experience is everything.
Initially we made use of GEO-targeting, just like Google do: Where relevant, you normally saw links leading to remedies in your geography. This was determined based on your IP address (the 'address' you use to access the internet).
In many cases the IP address however does not reflect your place of living (and you might intentionally wish to hide this and use a proxy server or VPN). In such case, obviously you were not able to see content that related to your place of living. All the same as with Google.
As of February 2013 we have scrapped the GEO-targeting approach. Because we find that it restricted our subscribers and visitors to getting items from their presumed geography only. Instead, we want to give you a choice.
As of January 2016 we have brought back the GEO-targeting approach in a better way: If you don't see any flag after a link to a remedy, then because your IP address suggests you are from the USA and so you can directly benefit from the standard link to amazon.com (the remedies that we review). If you see a flag after the standard link to a remedy, then it will be the flag of the country your IP address suggests you are from. NO other flags will be shown. Maximum one flag, presumably from your country.
The flag you see (unless you are from the USA) points to the relevant search results from your Amazon locale - unless your IP address suggests you are from a country with no Amazon web presence. In this case, you will still see your country flag (to allow you to verify why we link to what we link), but the flag will then link to the remedy on amazon.com so that IF you wish to buy the particular remedy you can buy it from the cheapest source (which typically is amazon.com, certainly for US products).
Yes, most of our remedy links point to Amazon. Love them or hate them, Amazon (for now) typically offer the best price since they have the worldwide biggest buying power.
Example: Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM. Without doubt the TOP remedy for dog mobility problems (particularly Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, and Arthritis; possibly even for Panosteitis and Degenerative Myelopathy because dog owners report that this remedy was often able to slow down or even stop progression of these disorders).
If you visit us from the USA, you will see NO flag behind the link to Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM, correct? If you visit us say from Malaysia, you will see the Malaysia flag behind the link to Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM, correct? But Amazon have no website in Malaysia (yet), therefore your country flag will link to the relevant search results on amazon.com, and if you study the features of our recommended remedy then you know what to look out for when you buy an alternative remedy elsewhere.
Why the default links point to Amazon Global/US (amazon.com)
Because the majority of dog products are being developed and marketed where the majority of dogs live: 78 million in the USA! (More precisely, where the majority of dog owners live who want to improve their dog's and thus their own life.)
In rare cases the top item is only available elsewhere (typically then in the UK). In such case we explicitely say so.
How we determine the top remedies
In addition to our own experience with many suggested items, each suggested item has passed our critical tests, applying the professional expertise of our founding members (bioscience, medicine, psychology, structural engineering, and law).
Further, the global attraction of our site MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG and our thousands of subscribers and visitors from over 220 nations give us so much feedback on the suitability, performance, and side effects of every suggested product and remedy, that you don't have to rely on our personal experience and professional analysis. Rather all suggested remedies are 'mass-tested' too.
In fact, it is not rare that we make changes to our suggested top remedies when we identify a superior product. Thanks to our link structure we only need to make one change, and this will change all such links in every article and every Periodical (which guarantees consistency and data integrity).
We will not say recommended items, we say suggested items - although our suggestions certainly are the result of much more due diligence than other sites' recommendations! See above.
When we don't link to Amazon
In rare cases, Amazon do not offer a remedy or other product that we identified as being the best. When at the time of writing Amazon do not offer the top remedy we wish to suggest, then the link points to another supplier or directly to the manufacturer. Although you cannot buy from manufacturers, they typically have information where you can.
This also is the case when a certain supplier has shown to be the better choice because they offer a bonus to you, or a perk like lower shipping cost than Amazon offers (although this is very rare).
How we fund the site and our dog rescue support work
Not all but most remedies we suggest earn us a sales commission when a sale is made (ie when you click a link and actually buy that remedy).
In no case is our link subject to receiving a better commission for us: We know very well that we can only help you to have the BEST relationship with your German Shepherd if we always focus on your benefit, not ours (we are a dot ORG for a reason).
You can easily see this, because the vast majority of product links point to Amazon - although they give the lowest sales commission (4%). In other words, if you kindly use our link to buy an item of say 20 dollar, MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG will hopefully get 80 cent sales commission (hopefully, because we have to rely on Amazon's systems here). Certainly very small compared to the effort we put in to identify, research, and describe the best remedies in each geography.
Note that one cannot buy our independent advice! Also note that Amazon passes on the tiny sales commission regardless which item you then buy. So if you prefer an item we haven't suggested, it really makes no difference to us!
When you have a suggestion
The market is always changing. Hence we welcome your feedback too if you know of a better remedy in your geography to avoid or treat a German Shepherd ailment. Don't forget what you read on the MYGERMANSHEPHERD homepage: Our aim is to help all German Shepherd owners and handlers, dog owners like you, to have the BEST relationship with your German Shepherd!
And we trust that if we honestly help you the best possible way as we do, you will be very willing to use our links when you plan to buy something anyway, right? Our idea is that if you use our links everytime, and your friends do this too, the tiny commissions should add up and allow us to help you to help us save this breed as it was meant to be! Helping German Shepherds by helping you having the BEST relationship with your dog!
In theory this should work out. We will do our part, and we hope you will do yours too.
Focused help, unique quality content, thorough research (and geotargeting) - that's our formula in a nutshell. - Once we are ready with building the content for this site, we will also make it more interactive. In the meantime, any questions and suggestions are welcome here! Thank you for stopping by.