Are SERPS affected by aff links, do we need to hide those.

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by dongosho, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. dongosho

    dongosho Registered Member

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    Hi guys,

    Making a new website that'll have affiliate links on every page inside and I can't make up my mind if I should cloak them or not.

    I'll have at least 200 words of unique content in every page that has an affiliate link

    I can use .htaccess to cloak the aff links and /or detect the user agent and show 2 different pages for the crawlers and the real visitors.

    I can encrypt the links and put a decrypter in a disallowed folder that will rediredt

    I can just place the links openly.

    What are your opinions, will the affiliate links affect negatively the SERPS and will doing any of the above improve them ?
     
  2. vedavyas

    vedavyas Junior Member

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    Affiliative links don't decrease your SERP rank that is for sure.You can cloak them for users but if google finds them it will be a huge problem,your site may be penalized for cloaking.Using disallowed folder will be fine google bots will not crawl them.
     
  3. Kaistar

    Kaistar Power Member

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    Quick one on this,

    When you say that Google will have a bit of a whinge about hiding links, is it OK to use cPanel to create a redirect and use that for links?
    IE have site/signup.html as the on page link and use cPanel to re-direct it to the affiliate link?

    Sorry for the minor hijack but it's relevant to the OP as well :)
     
  4. dongosho

    dongosho Registered Member

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    I see more and more people doing this and I started to wonder if it really has any impact on the site's performance. Maybe it's enough to have good content around the links, but I guess nobody can be sure about that :) The website that's n1 in my niche is doing exactly this - all the links are claked with mod rewrite
     
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    this is not the big issue when considering SERP'S. just do the natural SEO works,
     
  6. jakeruston

    jakeruston Junior Member

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    Cloaking is NOT a good idea, you'll get penalized if Google notices.

    The easiest way (And this is what I do) is just to make a folder on your site and then create files in it which redirect to the affiliate link.

    Eg. /redirect/productname.html --> your affiliate link

    Then, you can just block the redirect folder using a robots.txt file by using:

    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /redirect/

    And then just link to your redirect pages instead and everything should work fine :) Hope this helps.
     
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  7. dongosho

    dongosho Registered Member

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    really does, thanks for the tip