That's probably a good way to finance the service, jack URLS so they are linked to your affiliate deals.
Maybe it adds its affiliate code when you go to amazon and other places too, and frankly, why not - if you use them let them make money to cover the costs.
We don't ever do that. And if we decided to do it, we'd say we do it and be open about it. We've never been otherwise.
Just in case I'm not the last one to find this out, OpenDNS has been jacking all Google searches since the last several months.
That's not true -- it's a proxy. Much like a corporate proxy; and it's used for certain kinds of traffic for people who choose to use opendns
. It still goes to Google and we have close contacts with Google who are well aware of and okay with what we're doing. We didn't do that for a reason. But it does make it easier for folks to come up with wild conspiracy theories. Although typically people just assume we are Google (we aren't).
We put the CNAME referral to google.navigation.opendns.com to be EXPLICITLY clear about what we're doing. We could have just as easily put no reverse DNS in place, no referral record, or even just made the reverse dns match www.google.com
and most of you would be none-the-wiser.
Happy to discuss...