Erik Ortega is going to get a link from me for TriFilliate PayDay as he left a comment with a link to his review. The reasons why I am mentioning this? I think Erik represents the “good” human side of affiliate marketing and is learning his lessons well, and working hard. His affiliate blog is [...]
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IANAL so I am not going to offer anything material to any conversations about the new FTC guidance.
But this annoyed me yesterday
Clickbank has required for some time (at least 2 years) that affiliates comply with FTC recommendations for WOMM. That could just be looked at as a legal “out” but it is there in writing.
There is lots of noise (and some signal) over the last couple of days about the FTC, so affiliates are using it in headlines for email promotions. I opened one and the link was a Clickbank promotion, I opened a second, and it was to a genuine blog post.
Here is what the person promoting an affiliate product sent
I am actually a fan of your new Cloud Servers service. There are some huge benefits in using your service that as both a marketing geek and affiliate I can highlight and potentially drive you a lot of business.
However today you have just introduced athat will make every one of my clean affiliate links look like a paid link, thus I am going to have to nofollow every single link I give you, forever.
You want me to use badges like this, and in exchange will give me “Goodies” of an unspecified nature.
The links are visible, nothing is hidden, but all the same it is effectively a paid linking scheme.
Here is what they said in an email sent to customers
Our New “Link-To-Us” Program
We’re also launching a new “Link-To-Us” program today. In essence, customers who post new links or change their old Mosso links on their websites to our new http://www.rackspacecloud.com site will receive special goodies. The more sites you post a link on, the more great stuff you will get. How cool is that? Please check out all the links here: http://www.rackspacecloud.com/links
Thanks so much for being a part of the Rackspace family, and please keep the feedback coming so that we can continue to build the most complete and easy-to-use cloud platform on the web.
The sad thing is this would all be unnecessary if you just made some minor changes to your affiliate program.
Maybe I should enter these lyrics into the SEO Lyrics contest Payola makes the world go around The world go around The world go around Payola makes the world go around It makes the world go ’round. All I have replaced is the word “money” with the word “payola” because not all forms of payola [...]
I like to keep a fairly professional and level head when I am discussing various issues on this blog but unfortunately I have just listened to the pre-recording that Shoemoney did with Rand Fiskin about full disclosure when blogging, and quite honestly whilst I empathise with some of the points both made, I think in [...]
I have been tempted to comment on the “Bloggers Code of Conduct” meme since it started. Lots has been said by hundreds of people, and most of what was said was actually just as long winded and inconsequential as the original bull’s manure. The follow up seems to be him treading in it. There are [...]