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A Post Repealing WordPress’s Affiliate Links Detection System Regarding FileSonic

EDIT: Hey! Guess what? WordPress support replied, and fixed the problem!

Hooray.

I only posted this post because I’ve no other posts to post, so here it is: a post repealing WordPress’s affiliate links detection system regarding FileSonic.

I recently wrote a post with examples of filesharing websites being more cautious as a result of the recent Megaupload takedown, and linked to FileSonic as an example of a filesharing website that has, uh, stopped sharing files.

Unfortunately, WordPress has automatically rewritten that link to point to their page on the (mis)use of affiliate links. Affiliate links are:

  • Links to external services and vendors that include a unique identifier within the link destination to tie the link to your account.
  • Personalized storefronts for services that use multi-level marketing or commission payout methods.
  • Links to file sharing services or link redirectors that give you “credits” or payment when visitors click on the links or download the files.
  • Links to pay-per-click services.

None of my other links to other filesharing websites were taken down. Of all of them, FileSonic was the only one that was redirected! Now, let’s realize a few little facts:

  1. FileSonic is not a pay-per-click service nor a personalized storefront for a service that uses multi-level marketing or commission payout methods, and thus I did not link to a pay-per-click service nor a personalized storefront for a service that uses multi-level marketing or commission payout methods.
  2. Even if FileSonic is a pay-per-click service or a personalized storefront for a service that uses multi-level marketing or commission payout methods, I linked to FileSonic’s main page, and thus my link destination cannot include a unique identifier to tie the link to my account.
  3. Even if FileSonic is a pay-per-click service or a personalized storefront for a service that uses multi-level marketing or commission payout methods, and even if my link destination did include a unique identifier to tie the link to my account, I have not uploaded any files to FileSonic, and thus there is no reason a link would be tied to my account.
  4. Even if FileSonic is a pay-per-click service or a personalized storefront for a service that uses multi-level marketing or commission payout methods, and even if my link destination did include a unique identifier to tie the link to my account, and even if I have uploaded files to FileSonic and there is a reason a link would be tied to my account, I do not have a bank account, and thus cannot process any possible monetary gain I could make through “credits” or payment when visitors click on my links or download my files.
  5. Even if FileSonic is a pay-per-click service or a personalized storefront for a service that uses multi-level marketing or commission payout methods, and even if my link destination did include a unique identifier to tie the link to my account, and even if I have uploaded files to FileSonic and there is a reason a link would be tied to my account, and even if I did have a bank account and could process monetary gain I could make through “credits” or payment when visitors click on my links or download my files, I do not have a FileSonic account, and thus cannot upload any files in the first place to earn money.
  6. Even if FileSonic is a pay-per-click service or a personalized storefront for a service that uses multi-level marketing or commission payout methods, and even if my link destination did include a unique identifier to tie the link to my account, and even if I have uploaded files to FileSonic and there is a reason a link would be tied to my account, and even if I did have a bank account and could process monetary gain I could make through “credits” or payment when visitors click on my links or download my files, and even if I did have a FileSonic account that could earn money, FileSonic has disabled all sharing functionality, and thus only personal files can be shared on FileSonic.
  7. I suggest that WordPress take off FileSonic from its affiliate links blacklist, as well as the home pages of all other filesharing websites, so that people can link to filesharing websites, not to share files, but to link to the website itself.

    P.S. I apologize for the length. I hope you did not read the entire post.

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