Sometimes it’s gonna hurt.
I’m sure you’ve seen all the bad buzz about Dennis Yu during the last couple days ever since his post on techcrunch.
I personally think the post could have been done completely different and had less of a negative effect. If you’re not really familiar with the affiliate marketing space than the post sorta makes our industry look like we just spam and take advantage of people, which is of course far from the truth.
Some particular things annoyed me like calling Zango spyware when it is in fact adware. Incentivized offers should not be labeled as scams, because they aren’t. Certain advertising methods, while maybe shady are certainly not in my opinion spam.
I think Dennis had some good intentions but went the wrong away about it. It’s great to have some juicy information to get a guest post on a highly read tech blog, but not when it’s at other peoples and in this case a whole industries expense.
Even I admit I stuck my neck out at first before I completely read the TechCrunch post (I had just briefly scanned it before that comment). I like to try and support my friends and not just jump on the hate bandwagon, there is of course always two sides to every story. To be honest I would have being better off just not saying anything.
I like this quote Ruck said in the Wickedfire thread:
Dennis nor Techcrunch is going to slow down advertising on the Internet and they damn sure will not slow down the minds that work and adapt this quickly in an industry such as this.
All in all I think there is way too much drama going on about this, so I am done talking about it.
On a happier note, I can’t wait to see everyone at AdTech tomorrow!