Ok guys dont get upset but this post will not be a rosey one. One of my buddies from high school has been working at the Big G for about 10 months. He shall remain nameless for obvious reasons.. I have been trying to squeeze information out of him pretty much the entire time he's been with them. Well, he finally caved. This is coming from G-apparently they think affiliates do more harm than good for the web in general. I always suspected they hated us-just didnt want to actually believe it. Lately, there has been more and more affiliates getting hit with the banhammer. I'm not just talking about adwords ban-but organic search results as well. Most of the affiliates affected are blackhatting sure-but many are simply making too much money. I will explain. When affiliates start making a killing-the publisher wonders why not just copy the affiliates methods-and simply cut him/her out of the equation. G wants the searching user to find the info or product in as few clicks as possible. This maximizes the user experience-creating a win win for G, surfer, and publisher. They believe the affiliate aka middleman, simply confuses the user and extends the search longer than it needs to be. At the beginning, affiliates served a very good purpose-growing the size of the web by adding content and networking connections. These days however, most of the topics have been covered and there is simply too much information that ultimately leads to the same publisher(s). G is also getting ready to crack down on content spinning, rehashing, and scraping. It is sad to say but we as affiliates are becoming endangered-in the US anyway. In other countries, G is encouraging affiliates to pretty much do the same thing we did here in the US-GROW That particular corner of the web. If you ask my opinion, we should start creating our own products in low competition niches-rather than auto-blogging, or funneling traffic to publishers. Who says WE can't be publishers?? Guess the internet is not as big as we thought?! Crazy stuff. Anyone care to comment??