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I've just learned that LiveJournal is actively rewriting affiliate links. These are the links that allow you to get credit when someone, for example, buys a book on Amazon.com that you recommended to them. I have no idea how popular these are, but the idea of affiliate linking is a mainstay of blogging. That's how many bloggers make their money: they review things, promoting what they think is good, and through affiliate links they can get paid for their time and effort.

It seems that LiveJournal is now rewriting affiliate links so that you can't do this anymore. Worse than that, it's not just "you can't do this" it's "we're going to use our own affiliate account" so the money goes to -- well, I'm not actually sure it goes to LJ, but it's going to someone.

More information is available on [livejournal.com profile] shatterstripes:

http://shatterstripes.livejournal.com/tag/drivingrevenue.net

This is, let me say, yet another indication of the terrible lengths to which LJ et al are going to secure more revenue. Are they really in that bad of shape as to need to do this sort of thing? Has this been announced anywhere? I couldn't find it (I still read LJ News and such).
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Date: 2010-03-04 10:55 pm (UTC)

synecdochic: torso of a man wearing jeans, hands bound with belt (Default)
From: [personal profile] synecdochic
I haven't found any information on it anywhere in [livejournal.com profile] changelog or anything, no. It appears to be entirely on the QT.

And, breaking news in no_lj_ads.
Edited (breaking news!!!oneone) Date: 2010-03-04 11:33 pm (UTC)
Date: 2010-03-04 11:00 pm (UTC)

From: [personal profile] desh
I'm not sure what's more remarkable: That they're doing this at all, or that they still think they can sneak this in without people noticing.

More info here, which staff member(s) read and comment to.
Date: 2010-03-05 12:09 am (UTC)

charmian: a snowy owl (Default)
From: [personal profile] charmian
I read news also, and I don't think it was announced anywhere. I'm not really clear on whether LJ was even getting the money, or whether it was going to the DrivingRevenue company or whichever.

I saw in links related that other forums/sites do this, but they are transparent about their policy and specifically prohibit users from using affiliate links. If LJ is going to ban affiliate links not their own, OK, but they really, really need to be upfront about it and honest with the users about what their policies are.
Date: 2010-03-05 06:29 am (UTC)

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From: [personal profile] jld
The official explanation seems to be that LJ took a piece of third-party JavaScript code which they manifestly did not understand and included it in every single LJ page, giving it the authority of livejournal.com.

I do not perceive any way in which this is good.
Date: 2010-03-05 07:03 am (UTC)

yvi: Kaylee half-smiling, looking very pretty (Default)
From: [personal profile] yvi
Who needs testing anyway?

...
Date: 2010-03-05 01:00 pm (UTC)

alierak: (Default)
From: [personal profile] alierak
Maybe in a relative sense -- incompetence is better than malice?
Date: 2010-03-05 07:53 pm (UTC)

jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jenett
I'd like to think that malice would be more competent, for one thing. Because why do the evil stuff if it isn't going to actually work?
Date: 2010-03-06 07:55 pm (UTC)

jld: (bubbles)
From: [personal profile] jld
I guess so. I've been tending to give LJ the benefit of the doubt on the malice/incompetence thing, but with this one, for a while I wasn't sure that the incompetence option was actually better.
Date: 2010-04-21 07:16 am (UTC)

markmanching: (Default)
From: [personal profile] markmanching
and again... the script back on the site

FOR SERIOUS REVIEW See: this on [livejournal.com profile] no_lj_ads their follow ups

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