courier - 8:49 am on Sep 18, 2011 (gmt 0)
One of the affiliate merchants I used began to use Google tracking, DoubleClick (pre Panda). Within weeks I sank, perhaps it was a coincidence, I suppose I will never know. Looking back perhaps the DoubleClick URL warranted an automatic manual check, similiar to when you start running Googl Ads.
Google runs an affiliate system, assimilate or perish
If you are an affiliate for another company you are in competition with Google, so take affiliates out and remove the competition. When this happens it will be a sad day for the internet.
Perhaps Google should go down the route where it costs you a monthly fee to be listed in their results and stop all this tinkering.