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    So who thinks they dumped Morpheus just to be able to promote their own form of the stuff? I have already written to them for clarification about whether this is going to be a major leak of my profits to associates who can push this "tool".
    From the Associates page on the Alexa toolbar (bolding added by me):

    quote:
    Free Toolbar for Your Customers
    Provide a valuable tool to your customers and make money doing it.

    Amazon.com and Alexa Web Search have teamed up to create a toolbar for
    Amazon.com Associates. Offer your customers a free, customized toolbar with
    Alexa's time-saving features, and your associates ID will be tied to all
    purchases made through the toolbars downloaded from your site.




    Toolbar Features
    The Alexa Toolbar, named a CNet Editors Pick, provides valuable features for
    experienced and novice Web surfers alike. Your customized associates Toolbar
    will include:

    A Quick-Link to Your Site As your customers surf the Web, they will
    always have a quickway to return to your site.
    Web Search Combines Google search results with Alexa information.
    Dictionary, thesaurus, news, stock, and Amazon.com product search are also
    available.

    Site Info Traffic rankings, site reviews, contact information, and
    more.
    Related Links Discover similar sites and related categories.
    Tell-a-Friend Send cool sites to your friends without the hassle of
    copying and pasting URLs into an email.
    Wayback Machine The largest library of web sites in the world is one
    click away.

    You Earn Money! Purchases made on Amazon.com through your customized Alexa
    toolbar are tied to your Associates ID.
    There are several ways your
    customers can make purchases to earn you money:


    a.. Toolbar search results feature an ad with your associates ID.

    b.. Alexa's overview pages, accessed from Toolbar search results or
    directly from the Toolbar, also feature an ad tied to your associates ID.

    c.. The Amazon.com button in the toolbar takes your customer directly to
    Amazon.com with your associates ID.

    d.. Search for Amazon.com products directly from the Toolbar search
    feature, and you guessed it, those purchases will also carry your associates
    ID.






    This sounds like if someone does a google search on a term I rank very well on with that bar installed, they will 1) get an ad on the toolbar for the same Amazon products I'm marketing but with someone else's associate ID embedded when they arrive at my page, 2) Have a bunch of other options like "related links", "overview", etc with the other associates' ID embedded.

    I think I'll pull a Jamie and download this puppy and take it for a spin today.

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    Thanks for investigating this webmistress. I look forward to what you find out. Do you have a URL where Amazon promotes this application?

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    Wayne, I saw in the other thread that you found Amazon's page promoting Alexa. Yesterday I had a Rotten DAY (started by the adrenaline rush of the Alexa/Amazon issue) and have not had a chance to install the toolbar and take it for a test drive. I certainly intend to, since I had rather high hopes for Q4 with Amazon.

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    All parasite applications start with a FREE browser service enticement. Amazon wants 500,000 affiliates to offer this freebee to their millions of visitors so their private network will exceed the reach of a Morpheus and the others. They are playing the shopping toolbar BHO game to the max to drive all shopping traffic to their site.

    Watch them announce an affinity "rewards" program for repeat shoppers, which will overwrite the affiliate coded shopping bar with a consumer "incent" version and cut the affiliate Alexia bar out of the mix when millions are installed. They end up getting the same traffic results, but offer the consumer a lower reward commission rate. They are used to having to deal with angry affiliates.

    I could be wrong but all my personal dealings with Bezos/Amazon compelled me to pull all their links 3 years ago. GREED GREED GREED.

    You can bookmark this posted prediction and revisit it in 6 months and flame me!

    WebMaster Mike

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    Mike,

    Amazon had a shopping bar called zBubbles and that was D/C'd due to privacy concerns I think. But your paranoid theories are great to read anyway.

    -wayne

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    Privacy concerns!

    Get a load of these:
    Terms of Use

    Then if I want to uninstall it:
    go here. Note the third question:

    quote:
    Question:
    Why is there a sidebar in Internet Explorer that says "powered by Alexa" when I didn't download your software?
    Toolbar Install and Uninstall

    Internet Explorer has a built-in feature called "Related Info." This feature can be accessed by clicking the Related button in your browser chrome (located near your forward, back, and stop buttons) or by clicking on Tools and selecting Show Related from the drop down menu. This will open a sidebar in your browser that contains Related Links and Related Site Info. This information is provided by Alexa, so the sidebar says "powered by Alexa" at the top. However, you do not have any Alexa software installed on your computer. This sidebar is built into the browser by Microsoft, and is present in all Internet Explorer browsers, so it cannot be uninstalled.

    In order to fill this sidebar with content, when you open it Explorer sends the URL of the page you're on to Alexa and we return the appropriate related information. This information is only sent to Alexa when the Related Info sidebar is open.


    Do I have a defective IE? I have no "related links" button. Is this a foreshadowing of a button to come?

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    OH. Lovely. I have to lower my security settings to install the puppy. Failed installation, but my Adaware is having a conniption about a bunch of Alexa Key's being detected.

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    quote:
    Originally posted by webmistress:

    Do I have a defective IE? I have no "related links" button. Is this a foreshadowing of a button to come?



    Ad-Aware removes the "related links" function when it removes other Alexa stuff.

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