Ok, bear with me, this is a little long. Sorry!
Basically I have an idea, that I think would be extremely beneficial to those of us who are starting to go crazy trying to avoid all these stupid affiliate marketers & blogs that are just peddling crap because they get paid to. It could either work by blocking the results in a search (on the major search engines) or by at least putting an icon/banner/pop-up or something that warns you that a result comes from a site that participates in affiliate marketing. Or both. Also an alert could pop up when you are on a site like that as well. I know Ghostery is similar, but as far as I know, it doesn't really do this specific thing. It seems to block tracking, widgets & modules. I want to base this blocking system on a database of companies & possibly their tactics, links, & tools. (in that way, it's very similar.)
I can't write scripts yet, but I imagine it would work something like this:
-Compiling a list of keywords that together meet criteria for blocking (such as "disclaimer" or "affiliate links", or "honest unbiased opinion" lol - just for example)
-Compiling a database of the affiliate marketing companies, websites, domains & tools (probably also updating this occasionally)
-Checking for any links that point to said websites & flagging a site based on that
-Also probably needs to have a link un-shortener/decrypter (link shortening is one of their most used tactics to avoid being filtered/blocked/removed, as well as to track you)
-Probably other things, too, this is just the beginning of the idea & a dream I desperately want to achieve.
-Bonus would be a feature for stripping referral links (with a whitelist option) so that stupid content farm websites that aren't run by real people, and don't contain real content, do not earn those d-bags anything from my purchase if I happen to make one. They didn't do anything to earn that....
I think this is our next step in ad blocking/fighting on the web. I would certainly be stoked to eventually see an Adblock+ addon (like the element hiding helper, for example) or possibly even a regular FF/Chrome addon that does this. Or even better, maybe Ghostery would be interested in the idea, especially if we are able to implement it in some way first. Maybe we/you could even sell it to them!
I would be helping by attempting to collect the data needed. I think this would be an invaluable tool & personally it would reduce some of my stress & rage (something I really seriously need). :P
I'm fed up with this. There is no argument anyone can make to me that will ever get me to believe it is or ever was a good thing, and that it is all not just bullshit & lies, advertising in disgusting disguise. That it's not pretending to be an opinion or legit recommendation when it's so obviously not.
I don't know how much time or work this would take, so I don't know what I should be offering here. I would prefer, obviously, for it to be a joint project, but if I have to pay someone, I am not opposed. Just keep in mind that I'm disabled & don't have much.
Thanks for your consideration/time! Please let me know if you're interested! Or let me know if I have somehow completely managed to overlook a tool that already exists to do this. I tried pretty hard to search, but just got nothing but guides on how to actually do affiliate marketing & it was extremely frustrating. I gave up and came here instead, hoping against hope that maybe someone out there shares my pain, too. ❤❤❤