We are very serious people here at mThink Manor, fully focused on the future of performance marketing, but sometimes the drama of the affiliate marketing space just pulls us in. This week Jeremy Schoemaker (Shoemoney) put on his suit of armor and rode to the rescue of Kim Rowley, accusing Aunesty Janssen and Patrick Reikofski of being "bad people" and "scum". Not to take it lying down, in response they started a blog accusing Kim of hacking into a Facebook account, running "sex blogs" and "Cyber Stalking".
It is a hopeless endeavor to try and pick out the truth of the situation. Shoemoney presents evidence that appears to show that Patrick Reikofski had registered the domain kim-rowley.com and that it was subsequently shut down as a result of a "Spam-And-Abuse" complaint.
He mentions that the blog hosted on that domain was full of very nasty slurs on Kim Rowley’s reputation but posts no evidence. The site is down and no cached version seems to be available but we did find a cache of a Twitter account that linked to it. Take a look for yourself: it’s pretty unpleasant stuff and one can only sympathize with Kim Rowley.
But, from the other side, Janssen and Riekofski’s new blog presents a collection of redacted emails and Facebook messages as evidence of Kim Rowley’s "Cyber Harassment" and a video that attempts to link Kim Rowley to a domain, SmallTownSex.com. They also promise more evidence in due course.
We are unable to vouch for the truth or otherwise of the allegations on either side. From where we sit, it seems as though there may have been some obsessive-compulsive behavior on both sides – but what do we know? What we guess is that Kim Rowley will win the battle: she has lots of friends in the affiliate marketing industry and so has hold of the megaphone in the argument. But there’s always two sides to every love story, and hate story. We report. You decide.