I was just compiling the data I collected for the AffStat 2005 Report, and I came across a curious comment by one of the affiliate managers that completed the survey:
“I would love to have the answer to why ABW affiliates denounce ‘parasites’, yet continue to partner with companies that are clearly listed in the apps?? I can’t imagine it is pure laziness on their part!”
This statement reminded me of one of the survey results from the AffStat 2004 Report, where I questioned affiliates on a range of topics.
Could it be the real data for these affiliates is indicating that the badware plague is overstated? Even better, the efforts by the affiliate networks to clean house may well have been more effective than critics care to admit.