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But, with all of the legal situations flying around, can this possibly continue to exist? Something tells me Gates and Case are totally unaware of something like this... But would LOVE to take it up over a friendly conversation.
I DO feel badly for the individual responsible for it... Because if word ever got back to AOL or MSN... I think someone may get a bit heated...
...No, I don't...
Though, I wouldn't put it past them! I've worked on affiliate programs and all, and I bet man of us have. However frusturating they may become, I don't think I would ever resort to something like that - even on an obscure site - nevermind google!
Can you honestly imagine the legal ramifications that would arise based on this individual being found? I think Gates would hire his firing squad, and wait until after the lawsuit was cleared before taking action...
Just my $0.02... And that poor sole's financial future if found! ;)
Maybe, Google never caught on to this at all. Maybe, just maybe... That affiliate in question lurks these forums as well.
It's no secret, many of the most successful optimization people make some side $$ on affiliation programs like that.
Thankfully, the TOS here prohibits the linking to them!
I still think that it could be a possibility... No?