You ALL know that a site ending in .com is a commercial site, right?! Even .orgs have sales pages.
I know my readers are smart and savvy. I've just become really tired of commercials that try to sound like public service messages, especially those pushing drugs, etc.
Today I explored a site advertising knowledge about menopause. It is NOT a bad site.
I just wonder who's going there and if those people are clear that this .com is owned by a drug company whose purpose it is to sell drugs and pay profits to stockholders. This site does NOT hide its identity; it doesn't scream it out in banner ads, either. And, it is fairly dismissive of natural treatments for menopausal symptoms. The site I looked at is better than its commercial for it, I think. AND it is slanted to sell drugs, not to leave you fully informed.
You can go to a site called Network Solutions and click on 'whois' to find out who owns or registered almost any site. That's a small button in a horizontal list just below the blue bordered box.
In our culture - the American Culture of Sell/Spend/Buy/MoneyistheMeasure - it is wise to look for the real name of the 'person' talking to you. Look for the "About Us" page. Pay attention. Gather information from more than one source.
Caveat emptor - The axiom or principle in commerce that the buyer alone is responsible for assessing the quality of a purchase before buying.