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Google Penalty for Do Follow Affiliate Links

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by bigg_capp, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. bigg_capp

    bigg_capp Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Aug 24, 2010
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    On My Grind
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    Just thought I would pass this on...

    I downloaded the CJ Tactics E-book (which is a good read) and was reading through when I came up on this statement about Do Follow Affiliate Links.

    And add the following code so it looks like this:
    <a rel=?nofollow? href=?http://www.example-affiliate-link.com?>some text here</a>
    This doesn?t help with conversions or tracking, but for SEO purposes you don?t want to do something that goes against Google?s best practices, at least not in terms of giving them an excuse to penalize your page for ?selling? PageRank.
    (Page 121 by James Hussey)
    Basically, if you get money from the link, it needs to be nofollowed, or you can face a penalty.
    Besides, you don?t want the advertiser to out-rank your own pages..

    I'm not sure how true that is, but that could explain a lot of what I'm seeing for some of my sites. Wordpress has a plug in that "No Follows" all of your links in selected categories. I manually did it on some sites, but sites with to many I used the plug-in. After about 6 days I'm seeing some improvements.

    If anyone has any experience in this area please share as well.

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  2. Jarod B

    Jarod B Junior Member

    Mar 14, 2011
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    Well my guess is since affiliate links are pretty much spammed on sites, there's bad for SEO purposes... But links are links, and Google isn't that smart in detecting affiliate links yet. I'd be amazed to see that happening though.
  3. mqsss

    mqsss Regular Member

    Feb 24, 2012
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    Are there any affiliates that would ban you for putting rel="nofollow" attribute in their link?