olvio - 11:16 am on Nov 27, 2004 (gmt 0) Relevancy and irrelevancy question is another issue and it shouldn't be confused with affiliates.
Hi Multiman. I just wanted to know are you selling something on the web? If so, you are an affiliate too. This is rather phylosophical question. If you are merchant with site, merchant account and shopping cart it doesn't neccessarily mean difference from an affiliate. As a merchant you actually do the same resselling of brands, goods and collect some percentage of it. So the solution should to allow only manufacturers be advertised. And even not manufacturers but those who have invented particular product.
Limiting is not the solution. Top affiliates will become merchants, it's easy for experienced people. Weak ones will flood free search listings.
Other billion companies and affiliate networks will loose money (including befree, linkshare etc).
Affiliates is a big part of web bussiness and I would't even be surpised if overture will come to the point when affiliates are allowed without landing pages. If adwords limits this, affiliates will get for yahoo (overtur) or msn in future. No one is going to loose money and chance. Because there still are affiliate listings and they only loose money. I think that ads with "affiliate" or "aff" word are much better than poor doorway page with one banner. I momentarily can see that this particular ad is an affiliate ad and make decision whether to click on it.
Relevancy and irrelevancy question is another issue and it shouldn't be confused with affiliates.