Now before the mods jump on this as causing trouble, I'm not. I know many forums and even Google and Facebook all frown on affiliate links. And yet, Google promotes affiliate links themself. So do many forums such as WPW. I see affiliate links all the time on the forum.
Is it that they (not just WPW) don't want competition for affiliate money?
Facebook answered this with "most affiliate links are for get rich quick schemes ..." Really? I know Clickbank is famous for those programs and I can see banning them specifically (get rich quick with little or no work) but what if I'm selling Widgets for Acme Widget company? Is an affiliate link to them in my signature line really all that bad?
On the other hand, I know we don't want trolls doing nothing but posting nonsense just to get their links shown. Thus a good rule about no signature links until X number of relevant posts are done is good.
If it is all about the revenue, I can see that too. Sites have to support themself somehow and anything from Adsense to other affiliate links help do that. I know my blogs get swamped with crap links and I just delete them. Why should I let somebody else make money off of my blog?
So what do other people think? Is it bad rep for affiliate links due to the get rich ones? Is it wanting no competition for the revenue? Or is it a prevention of trolls?
Disclaimer : I am NOT trying to start a fight with WPW or get them to change their rules on this one. I have just found it interesting that affiliate links seem to be banished and yet used by the banishers (including Google, Facebook etc).