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If Overstock is reading this thread, I'd like to apologize on behalf of the readers here. I don't think most people here would've liked this to have gone down the way it did.
Overstock said it discontinued the program on Feb. 10, before hearing from Google, but said some university webmasters have been slow to remove the links.
Can anyone tell me why they removed the links before hearing from Google?
Overstock was penalized for having great rankings and a brillant marketing effort.
- Provided an affiliate program anyone could join.
Technically they did nothing wrong. Here are a few things we offer 10% off on. Bam! The sites linked and it got too popular so Google acted.
They basically bribed their customers in exchange for cheaper items. You even had to link to exact URLs. Bit dodgey?