martinibuster - 9:14 pm on Sep 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
I must say that the combination of Google doggedness in getting their way, (use guideline to deal a few blows to the competition)
No offense, I just want to point out that while I understand how you could think that, but that if you take a moment to consider the facts, you will see that it is a less than accurate conclusion. Google has had a bone to pick with affiliate marketers since before AdSense existed. The issue is not that affiliate programs are competitors. The issue is that there are individuals who use aggressive means to undermine Google's mission to provide accurate search results. That's it.
It would be irrational to argue that the SERPs are worse off without affiliate feed sites or squeeze pages. Affiliate marketers, the good ones at least, understand that those kinds of pages have a limited shelf life.