There's a difference between pay-per-click ads and affiliate signups - I only get paid when somebody buys a service from my affiliate sites, while pay-per-click ads are indiscriminate. I can see that trickery would be morally grey if I actually gained anything from tricking people into clicking a link, but if someone clicks a link accidentally on my site then they'll just close the window without buying anything and I get nothing for it. My money is made from people reading my site, being convinced that a particular product is worth buying, and then buying it.
My problem is that many people that will happily read my site, take on board all I have to say and be convinced by it, and then type in a URL like Betfair.com into the address bar manually and signup through that because they know I'll make a few pounds if they signup through my affiliate link. I know for a fact this is true, because I get more signups if I use that script - and remember, I only get paid when someone actually signs up and starts using the service. So this is nothing related to 'trickery', I just believe that if I should be paid my due commission. I'm sorry if you consider that 'cheating', but to my view it's the other people who are cheating me out of my rightful earnings.
Last edited by CTBaker; 06-14-2008 at 10:24 AM..