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We have gotten several* letters about the ads that now appear on our site*. Why, after all of these years* have we finally decided to go commercial*?

You may think the answer is money*. But really, we thought that being the Web's first comedy troupe* was not enough for our readers. We needed to give them something more* and for that we needed help.

Help came in the form of some cool products and services*, some of which are free, some of which are just damn cool. Here is a list of our "affiliates*":

Amazon.com - We all know Amazon. We all trust Amazon. We all have been doing a great job buying from Amazon via The Shrub.

CDnow.com - We have lightly promoted CDnow for a while, but sort of gave it up when we realized we didn't get anything but store credit for it. However, someone has been running up a huge tab via us. Go you!

Comedy World, Inc. - It's kind of like a...world of comedy? They're sort of like The Shrub but they have more money, a radio station, and they don't have day jobs. Check out their streaming radio shows, pretty cool!

BitMagic - A bunch of silly games, cartoons and movies delivered to your desktop* once a day. You need to download this player. Hey, it's all free.

Coupons.com - This one is my favorite. You download a program, they help you search for coupons*, you print them out and save money. All for free. And when you download it, WE get paid too. By far the best thing we've got here*.

Driveway.com - Store a bunch of files online instead of on your hard drive. Too stupid to figure out how to use FTP? This makes it easy. Too cheap to buy some Web space? This at least gives you space to house our warez. It's all free, so get crackin'!

FreeShops.com - This is the first one we signed up for * Other than coupons, this site has links to actual free stuff and really dirt-cheap stuff on the Web and in stores. The site is so deep, I decided to tack it up here after just three pages in.

Kaplan Test Prep - This one is kind of stupid, but if you're stupid too and need some help getting into college or getting your GED or something, this is where to go.

MyPoints- Everyone likes MyPoints, right? You've all seen it- buy stuff, visit pges, get points, get free stuff. I hope we don't end up using it ourselves. One can only have so many christmas cheese logs*.

LinkShare - Even the ad service we use has an affiliate program. It's all one continuous loop! Ack! Anyway, if you want to be future Web millionaires like us, sign up.

Chips & Bits - This is a video game store and magazine. We're getting into more video game reviews now that we're getting older and like to be outside less. They've got some great deals here and they know what they're talking about.

HotRate - Remember when FactBoy used to do Web site reviews for us*? Well if he could do them, why can't you? And you get paid to do it! This is better than those damn "get paid to surf" sites because you dont' have to stare at a buncha ads. While you're at it, why don't you review The Shrub and give it an A+?

What do plan on doing with the little bit of money we get? Here's a budgeting plan, in some kind of order:

  • Pay off the domain name and Web hositng bills.
  • Buy ad space
  • Buy some cool prizes for contests.
  • Pay our staffers*
  • Buy our Canadian correspondant* back from the Quebequois

    So anyway, those are our affiliates, and that's what we're doing with the money. We win, you win, and everyone is happy. If you have any reccomendations for new ads, or beefs* about any of the affiliates, email us at TheShrub@theshrubbery.com




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