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Affiliate Marketing An Endangered Species?

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by RebelMaster, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. RebelMaster

    RebelMaster Junior Member

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    Gonna get interesting when the FTC votes on this new proposal this summer. Especially for us here in the U.S. that are affiliates. BHers and WHers

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    Even merchants (and by extension, the CPA networks) could also be liable. This will go beyond blogs too.

    Getting ugly on the affiliate front.

    RM
     
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  2. TipTop

    TipTop Registered Member

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    WTF?... This is all we need.

    How could they possibly enforce this for blogs or sites that are hosted offshore? They will probably go after the CPA companies directly since they have the deepest pockets. Frankly I'm surprised the biggest advertisers haven't had their lobbyists all over this.
     
  3. markdsullivan

    markdsullivan Registered Member

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    didnt say a thing about CPA... they did say that if you have a parenting blog and post reviews about parenting books with links to Amazon you could get in trouble... WTF?? thats crazy
     
  4. heiny

    heiny Regular Member

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    Better start buying your books that you read lol
     
  5. abhi1

    abhi1 Power Member

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    err...are they nuts?? and btw, its just restricted to US hosted blogs n sites...i mean how can they possible mess us up with an offshore host?
     
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    cool0403 BANNED BANNED

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    man am telling you the USA government has nothing else to do than to fuck with stupid shit like bloggers wow, i wonder what they will do to ppl with autoblog farms maybe they will put them in high security federal prisons lol.
     
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    Are gov is going stupid. We have tons of people out of work, business failing right and left, and they want to spend more of our tax dollars on this stupid shit. They can't even stop simple hacks and id fraud, but they want to tackle peolple making money. And yes it won't mess with overseas just good old USA. I would like to meet the dumb shit that thought of this idea and beat the stupid out of him or her!
     
  8. tk1075

    tk1075 Newbie

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    The US is going to the wonderful but a bit nosy big brother form of government. First they tell you that since they own gm and chrysler that you cant buy a ford. next they tell you that they own your bank so if they need more money they can just take it. Then they own the internet so they try to stop you from making money all the while the number of people depending on the government continues to grow and this cycle will continue until we all survive off the government and they take everything we work for. Esp. with this healthcare crap, the day they tell me I can't go see my regular doctor is the day I move out this country it is going to shit faster and faster every year. Actually it already is shit so what is worse than that?
     
  9. xdemi

    xdemi Registered Member

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    They're actually not so dumb once you get to know them.
    They just don't go after the small fish, they go straight for the big one.
     
  10. RebelMaster

    RebelMaster Junior Member

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    Didn't have to say anything about CPAs but they're included ... Think about it ...

    IF you get money from CPAs then you're an "affiliate" and the CPA network would probably be responsible too! ;)

    But I agree that the gov't would have their hands full trying to sort all the promotions out. As pointed out by others, they'll go after biggies first anyway. But it would STILL have a chilling effect on affiliate promotions.

    TOO many people here in the U.S. are obviously too dumb to take any responsibility for their actions and need gov't to save them. SAD state of affairs.

    FWIW, anyway ...


    RM
     
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  11. porko

    porko Registered Member

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    Amendment I


    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
     
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    bill of rights doesnt mean shit, they just want you to think you have rights, if they dont like it, they can and will change or do whatever they want
     
  13. LoboRsxS

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    brb gonna hang myself
     
  14. RebelMaster

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    NO LoboRsxS! Don't do it! Hanging yourself is waste of time. LOL

    This thing isn't passed yet & will still be alot of people fighting it and/or changing it up a bit more.

    Still gonna be PIA whatever the final outcome is, tho. heh heh


    RM
     
  15. forgetyou

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    Wake up doom and gloom people, Affiliate marketing hasn't even started, it's not even out of the gate yet. it's starting to get interesting indeed and for the ones thinking it's over then please hit the road but please dont let the door hit you in the vagina.
     
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    BlackHatCodeBreaker Registered Member

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    WOW!

    In all truth, some sites give customers a "we're on your side" feeling, then screw them for a buck. That's what the FTC is trying to avoid.

    However, it really depends on how far they'll take it.

    I must say that in all my reviews sites I already put a disclosure stating that in some cases i get compensated - but never for writing the review, and that reader trust is most important for me.

    This DID reduce sales - but not by much.

    But will this be enough for the FTC? I doubt it. I suspect the FTC won't settle with us notifying the customers "yeah, we might be biased a bit, but we want you to be happy - otherwise you'll refund plus muck our site". They'll want even the most honest sites to put large, bold, red banners stating "Buyer beware, we are thieves out for your money".

    Oh brother...
     
  17. Remington

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    Meh. A little font-size-1 link located where no one will click it, leading to a "disclosure page," is probably all that would really be required once all the politicking is over. PayPerPost requires a disclosure link already (and big enough to see, too)...and when I had a blog I put their posts on, I looked at my log files to see if anyone ever actually clicked that link. Less than 1/100. It got more hits from Googlebot than from humans.

    For other times I've needed to do a disclosure (not for PayPerPost), I've put disclosures in italic Times New Roman, font size 1. This makes it look like legalese, which most people don't read. The effect is that a disclosure printed like that, even if it's near the top of the page, might as well not be there for all those people. They just skip by it and start reading the pitch. It actually worked better to put it at the top. That way they'd forget about it by the time they got to the Money Link.

    AdSense already says something like "Advertisement by Google" which is a disclosure. So there shouldn't be any problems for autobloggers who are using that...

    But really, this is where the FUN is. Obeying the "letter" of the law while having your way with the "spirit" of it. This one is just a matter of putting the "disclosure" link (or text) on the page in such a way that regular people will ignore it!
     
  18. megaw

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    I wish them the best of luck policing teh tubes. Hell most of the officials in government don't know what twitter is but might have heard of that myspace thing the kids are using...