"On another thread, The ability to pass pagerank. Can it be lost?, there was a suggestion that selling links is unethical. In the current climate of Google's war on paid links, I certainly see that selling links is unwise, but is it unethical? Merriam Webster defines ethics as
- 1: the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation and
- 2: a set of moral principles : a theory or system of moral values.
Google based its search technology on an evaluation of site/page popularity (PageRank or PR), and then publicized the results through its toolbar. Webmasters capitalized on that information by first trading and then buying & selling links to help affect the PR of their own sites. Google's response: don't do it. And please help us stop it. Fine. They have a right to try and stop it, but how does that make buying or selling the commodity they released on the open market, a matter of ethics? "
What can I say?.... Blog is supposedly an online diary. But I was amazed to learn that people can make money from it. I am not a judgemental person to say that someone is doing something unethical. Because I usually look at myself first before looking on someone else ethics. Links are everywhere on every blog and most are hiding it just to hide themselves being called Unethical. Affiliate Marketing have links that can generate income too. If one blog's topic is about Health and suddenly blog about Loans. I can probably call it unwise instead of unethical. But if one blog's category is 'GENERAL" or 'PERSONAL"--- Hello!!!! this only means that the topic could be anything under the sun. If making money through paid links is unethical, then I must say that every way of making money online is unethical because blog is supposed to be an ONLINE DIARY.