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Old 11-28-2000, 02:34 AM   #1
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Unhappy About.com - Sprinks Affiliate program

About.com have been using their Sprinks program as an excuse to lower their pay rates from $.03 to $.01 in a few months (even though the current rate still seems to be $.02 per click). E.g.:

"To make way for this exciting new affiliate program, we inevitably must shift our focus. Beginning Monday, August 21, at 12:00 a.m. EST, the rate for the About Affiliate program will become $0.02 per click-through." (August 17)


"At this time, we need to concentrate on building a great program out of Sprinks for you. To continue to do so, beginning Wednesday, November 01 at 12:00 a.m. EST, the rate for the About Affiliate Program will become $0.01 per click-through." (October 26)

Now it looks like they are dropping it altogether:

Update - Sprinks Affiliate Program:

Plans have changed and we have decided not to launch the Sprinks Affiliate Program at this time. We will also be removing Sprinks links from reporting.net and we would like to ask that you either remove your existing Sprinks link or replace it with another link available on reporting.net by December 1. Any click-throughs generated after this date will not be compensated for.

Sprinks is still one of our main priorities here at About and we are very excited about it's success! We firmly believe that Sprinks is a useful resource for our users. Most importantly, we will continue to seek out ways for our affiliates to benefit from this great product. We hope to partner together with you on this initiative in the near future and we will make further announcements when more information becomes available.
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Old 11-28-2000, 02:39 PM   #2
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What exactely IS sprinks?
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Old 11-30-2000, 01:54 PM   #3
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As far as I know, Sprinks is the second largest pay per search engine, although quite smaller than Goto.com. It is managed by About.com, and, as AK pointed, it is the cause of making the about.com affiliate program worthless.

So, much ado about nothing...
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