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other theories are that only merchant and 1 affiliate will be allowed.
any word on the street people?
AWA, any comment you or your people may want to make or can possibly share?
For starters, it is not fraud. It is up to the adwords advertiser how they bid. You keep stating that not all keywords are commerce keywords, but Adwords is a commerce system - so do not use it if you are running a non-commerce site.
Secondly - real domain sites are not accountable. You do not need to prove who you are to register a domain. If you ever try to contact the holders of domains, you will find that a large percentage use made up details.
The point you seem to be missing again and again, is that affiliates are not unaccountable. Both google, and the merchant or affiliate network, have the affilaites details. These details must be correct otherwise the affiliate will never be able to get paid.
Affilates offer no real information of their own and are not committed to their keyword (hence their refusal to get their own domain for their keyword). They simply got an affiliate account and use it for profit.
Those of us who are real and really committed to our keyword and to serving that keyword information to the user are not in the same category as the ghosts.
So yes, I am now done talking with the supporters of ghosts.
Since no one knows who those anonymous affiliates are
No one? Just because you can't 'whois' an adword placed by an affiliate hardly makes it anonymous. Google has credit card info, name, address, phone. The company the ad is placed for has name, address, SSN, and other payee info. For anyone with a direct internet connection IP's get logged, etc.
A person could register a domain with false info and attempt to hide ownership just as easily, so what's your point?
Perhaps you send threatening messages to companies who outbid you? Sorry you can't harass everyone, multiman. Maybe you like to collude with them and are angry an affiliate ad is ruining your scheme? Something doesn't jive right, multiman. This issue of anonymity you throw around doesn't make any sense.
to be committed to their keyword
That doesn't make any sense, multiman. That's why it's pay per click
I admit that it always amazes me at how quickly people forget that the original idea behind the development of the internet was a way for INFORMATION to be available to searchers -- not to be a mere avenue of cashflow for irrelevant non-comitted affiliate advertisers.
It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war that can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on.
The Art of War
circa 500 BC
The real and the ghosts do not belong alongside each other in the same adspace.