Affiliate Marketing: Not Like Porn After All!

As if we needed more proof of just how supercool Missy Ward is…

Back in February I published a little blog post called Affiliate Marketing: Just Like Porn, Apparently. It got a little attention, and everyone that I heard back from agreed that OneLoad.com was wrong to lump affiliate marketing in with network marketing, MLM, phishing and pornography in their Terms of Service. Originally, the OneLoad.com signup page included this:

OneLoad.com hates affiliate marketing. Or do they?

Phishing, I get. But porn? That's crossing a line.

Section 4e of the original Terms of Service said this:

Also defined as “spam” are any videos involving affiliate marketing, network marketing, cash gifting, multi-level marketing, phishing, or any videos that a reasonable person would consider to be a scam or misleading.

Missy Ward

Missy Ward, whom you probably know as a co-founder of Affiliate Summit, reached out to TubeMogul/OneLoad.com but was met with resistance to the suggestion that maybe affiliate marketing shouldn’t be included on such a list. Certainly there is nothing inherently scammy or misleading about affiliate marketing – respectable companies have been successfully recruiting affiliates to help advertise their products for the better part of 15 years.

The breakthrough in this story came in March, when Affiliate Summit had a booth in the same aisle as TubeMogul at SXSW. Missy visited the TubeMogul booth and spoke with CEO Brett Wilson. After a post-show follow-up, the Terms of Service were updated to remove affiliate marketing from the list of prohibited content. Sort of.

The current Terms of Service have been changed, with Section 4e now saying this:

Also defined as “spam” are any videos involving network marketing, cash gifting, multi-level marketing, phishing, affiliate marketing with low quality content or any videos that a reasonable person would consider to be a scam or misleading.

The new account signup page still simply says “affiliate marketing”, but I’m sure that is just an oversight that will be corrected.

I am satisfied with the result, though I wouldn’t mind seeing references to affiliate marketing removed completely. I do feel that this change is enough to protect affiliates who create worthwhile videos that incorporate affiliate links. They’re trying to prevent spam, and I can respect that. If you’re producing low-quality content, I’m not going to be the first in line to defend you, to be honest.

Read the whole story in greater detail at Missy’s blog, and if you’d like to sign up for a OneLoad account, go for it. It’s a good way to easily distribute video to multiple sources.

About Daniel M. Clark

Daniel M. Clark is a podcaster and proprietor of QAQN, a writer at danielmclark.com, and an all-around cool dude everywhere else.

God, I hate talking about myself in the third-person.

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