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Do Ranking Drop by using affiliate links?

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by Iconoclast, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. Iconoclast

    Iconoclast Regular Member

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    Hi guys A question I heard that if you put affilliate links on your website then your ranking will drop Now i have a website on first page of google but i have not used any affiliate links. So if i put amazon contextual ads on my website, do you think my rankings would drop?


    Now a member discussed here a method here. And I want to try it but I am afraid that my site would drop in rankings.
    And its a blogger blog that is ranking on page 1. Anyway around this?

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  2. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    If that is a concern, just no follow the links and you'll sleep better.

    I've never seen it as an issue on my sites over the years though.
     
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  3. Iconoclast

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    i will be using the amazon contextual widget. How to cloak that?

    Its a code that I have to put it on my sidebar so is there a way?
     
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    Yes, rankings can drop if you add TOO MANY. I try to keep it at one for every 200 - 300 words and never drop down below 1 for every 100 words. I have "best product" ranking #1 for several categories with plenty of amazon links dropped in but these are well written 3000 - 6000 "anchor" articles. I also have some "specific product review" review articles ranking (as in the top 3) with 8 to 12 Amazon links (many of these are to the product's accessories) but these review articles are generally 2000 words plus.

    Basically you can't get away with a Niche Pursuits Style comparison chart where every item is link three ways (picture, text description, and call to action). A comparison chart with ONE link per product with plenty of surrounding text could probably rank (I'm getting ready to test this - seems it hasn't slowed Top10reviews down any and their content absolutely sucks - apparently that's the power of a silo).

    The trick is to add value and make sure that you don't have affiliate links in every article. The magic whisper number is 50% but I like to play it safe and only put affiliate links in 1/3 of my articles - I'm in niches that often have niche specific ad networks so I'll run PPM ads in the sidebar (usually use the side bar but that sucks for mobile) or in the body of the text (not so much - trying to figure out how to turn short codes on for this ONLY on mobile while turning off sidebars). Also, too many pages with affiliate links risks a "thin content" penalty where the site "adds little or no value."


    I wouldn't risk cloaking amazon links unless your doing something semi-shady i.e. redirects off your site via Facebook, etc.

    And definitely nofollow - you don't want to give away link juice to Amazon or any other affiliate program where you are reviewing their products.
     
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  5. Iconoclast

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    ok, when i added that banner to my blogger blog. It dropped two places.
    I removed it and after a day its back.
    I guess i should just php redirect it with nofollow. But that means i cannot use the banner space for it
     
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    Always no-follow your links OP. If you're using WordPress, there are plenty of link clocking plugins you can use. Thirsty Affiliates is a good one.
     
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    I want to use an amazon banner on my blogger. How do i do that?

    Thanks