I've been working on a small dillema recently. How do affiliate links affect reputation on blogs and forums?
I've been reading a book, one i've wanted to read since last summer, but have finally gotten round to. Im enjoying it, and think it would make a great post to review it for Threadwatch - no problem so far...
Here's the deal: The book has an affiliate program, like many other things we talk about here - If i'm going to spend time reviewing it, it seems silly not to join that program and make a few $$$'s on any sales that my review makes it right?
The problem is clear: Is a review, tainted by the fact that i've added an affiliate id to the link?
What about taking that one step further?
Although i don't really have time or patience to research every product/book/service we might talk about here, you could take this idea one step further and ask: What would the reaction be, and what possible (if any) damage could be caused by using programs where they exist?
Of course the danger i see is that people may well suspect posts being made simply to get a link out there. Or worse, fluff pieces, or dishonest pieces being written to sell a link.
In fact the more i think about it, the more i think it would be best just not to go there at all, but i did want to throw this out there and see what people thought. Not just from a Threadwatch perspective, but on the general subject of blogs, affiliate links, and reputation.