Now that I have a better idea of how affiliate links work and how blogs make money, I find myself trusting forums a lot more. All this pushing of affiliate products, asking to join the newsletter, asking to "share if you care" etc makes me cringe.
I find forums much cleaner and lot more likely to get genuine help. Sure people push products on forums but it's a lot more discrete.
Also, do you think google will eventually pick up on this? If more and more people avoid blogs and visit forums?