telophase: (Jiraiya don't play that shit)
telophase ([personal profile] telophase) wrote2010-03-04 05:19 pm
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A better-organized summary of my previous post, and why you need to implement the fix, even if you don't post affiliate links yourself:

1. Livejournal has implemented a script from drivingrevenue.net that takes Amazon affiliate links and affiliate tags from a number of other companies, including eBay, strips the affiliate tag from them, and substitutes another, presumably Livejournal's.

2. This is actually in violation of Amazon TOS, as you have to disclose publicly that you are using Amazon affiliate links.

3. Normally, someone who provides a link with an affiliate tag in it would get a little bit of a kickback if you purchase an item through that link - i.e. I get from 0 - 6% of the selling price of an item on Amazon if you click through one of my links, depending on the item's cost and a few other factors.

4. Replacing my affiliate tag means I no longer get that money. It goes to Livejournal, or whoever's tag that is.

5. This mostly happens on IE and some Firefox installs. Test to see if it's happening for you - if you hover over this link you should see a "tag=telophase-20" in the URL. Then click on the link, and check the URL again. If the tag is now replaced with "tag=5336432744-20", it's affecting you.

6. Opting out of link tracking seems to defeat the script. You can stop the affiliate tag showing up for you when you read LJ by going to the Admin Console here: http://www.livejournal.com/admin/console/ and putting this in it: set opt_exclude_stats 1

Dreamwidth is not doing this. I've changed my footer to ask people to click through the DW post if they want to buy one of the things I've linked to until LJ stops this. I don't post a whole lot of Amazon affiliate links, and I tend to only get about $5/month out of them, but I am Very Not Happy that LJ is taking that $5/month out of my pocket.

Check my previous post for links to discussions of this issue.