Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by lykathe, Aug 6, 2011.
I've heard they do, so I'm going and shortening all my URLs to affiliate sites. Is this necessary?
It's not necessary. No matter how you hide, your serp will be affected (negatively)
Whaa? Really? Even if I cloak them? Wtf haha
Yeah, from my experience. It's best to use an optin box to get the email and send them the link in the emails. This will not hurt you.
Or you can create a separate page with aff link and link from your high traffic page to this new page.
I disagree. As long as you have regular articles / posts with unique valuable content, then having affiliate links on these pages will not hurt it at all.
If it is a page with nothing but links and no good content then yes it will.
Cool, that's definitely my situation. Thanks man.
I had 2 blogs with unique content. They ranked high for quite competitive keywords. Once I put the banner link to clickbank product (cloaked), the sites dropped to no where and when I remove the ads, they came back after a month or so. (it's not a dance, I know) but it could be my sole situation, yours might be different.
Try it out and share your result.
i was wondering the same thing! I have content but it links to affiliate sites.. good to know how to do things right!
Come on.. there is no way an affiliate link in your page harm your SERPs. If your site is junk and the sole purpose of your site to promote affiliate links, then even if you remove all your affiliate links you cannot rank.
1) Focus more on web metrics - like loading time, bounce rate, navigation and stuff.
2) Give some useful information to the user.
3) Place your affiliate link at the bottom.
These things should you and you need not worry about promoting your affiliate links.
From your boy jakeruston:
Absolutely right. I have plenty sites that rank high with unmasked aff links, but I do like to use the Pretty Links plugin.
I think it depends a lot on the niche. There are some niches where affiliate links are a red flag that the site is spam. Other niches, you expect to see affiliate links.
On some of my sites I cloak and on others I don't. I am able to rank either way. All of my sites are in physical product niches.
Yeah, that makes sense.
If you need to hide your links on Wordpress use GoCodes. Works wonders.
edit: wrong reply
I would recommend to put a nofollow on affiliate links. A nofollow will not hurt. I did some tests and i am suspicious with affiliate links. Once i decided to install a plugin that would turn keywords into links. So, i had at one point 400 affiliate links on my website. I have witnessed a drop in ranking after that. I always wonder if it was related to the affiliate links.
Don't take any risks. At least, i am sure that nofollow does not hurt. By the way, i have also ******** reciprocal outcoming links and other links and they are ok.
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