Earlier today LinkShare’s Senior Vice President, Kelli Beougher, announced in the affiliate network’s official blog that due to “a few mutual differences” that cannot be overcome, “LinkShare has resigned as Overstock.com’s affiliate network provider.” [source] No further explanation has been given, and the real causes of this breakup remain unclear.
What makes things even more interesting is the fact that the “Become an Affiliate” link on Overstock.com’s own website leads to a page that at the moment of this post (several hours after the above-quoted LinkShare’s announcement) looks like this:
The two “Join Now” buttons are linked to the cli.linksynergy.com registration page, which is still active (i.e. you can still sign up with the Overstock.com’s affiliate program on LinkShare), and LinkShare’s logo is still prominently displayed on Overstock’s affiliate sign up page. As my grandmother would’ve put it, “it is a mystery wrapped in a dusk.”
I wonder if Overstock.com affiliates have received any notifications of the further “transition” (the word used in LinkShare’s blog) of this affiliate program, and what awaits them in the near future.