Valleywag reports on Live Search “pay for toolbar download” scheme

The Microsoft Affiliate Network is apparently willing to pay up to $2.50 per Windows Live Toolbar download, according to an email acquired by Valleywag.  In the scheme, affiliate Marketer Kowabunga  would take on publisher affiliates for a fee, who would then offer links to download the toolbar, or something like that.  And indeed, in checking out microsoftaffiliates.net, there’s quite a bit more on the program:

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How pushing the Windows Live Toolbar is going to have much, if any, effect on Live Search is kind of beyond us, but maybe it’s a twist on our favorite South Park algorithm: Toolbar > ??? > PROFIT!