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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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