I always want to use affiliate codes on links! Not because I want to do that for money, or track people, or participate in nonsense. I just think it would really cool to talk about gaming and tech and linking to things that I like and getting some of my expenses paid or receive stuff. I mean, it is what it is. I like free stuff, because I think stuff should be free, and this is a way to indulge that goal.
But yeah, the whole game is screwy. I mean, most places that have an affiliate program are tracking too much that I would never link to them. That’s me.
I keep thinking about it, because the gamifying linky thing is so intriguing. I mean… what if I wrote my honest thoughts about games and tech and ran no ads, would people maybe just like having a human talking about things and not trying to sell? And then maybe I’d feel good getting free stuff? I like that! I get to be progressive and self-serving!
Anyhow, that preamble is to explain why I think about this at all. I like the idea of showing two links, one with the tracking code, but it is a crappy UI. I keep looking for this scenario where I don’t have to bother my precious visitor, but we somehow have an agreement that I will be cool with the links and when they click they might be benefiting me.
I’ve seen what’s out there of course. And I don’t like it, because companies hide behind their EULA and TOS as a firewall, and people react as drones, and we don’t actually protect or support anyone.
Here’s one idea: toggle a cookie to add affiliate links! I mean, that or whatever. Toggle the thing. And all the links then maybe benefit the site. But it is opt-in, and we won’t bug folks about it.
I’m not even interested in doing that. I don’t want to render separate contexts for potential profit. That is a waste of energy. But if someone else were looking for such a solution, I’d go with something similar.