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How many is too many affiliate links?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Branjohn03, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. Branjohn03

    Branjohn03 Junior Member

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    I'm currently in the process of writing about 20 or so articles for my website, which I haven't brought online yet. The site will be centered around 3 main "topics", and I will write articles about different niches within those 3 topics, using affiliate links to promote different products and services in each of the niches.

    My concern is, would it be a bad idea for me to add affiliate links to the majority of the original 20 articles I will have on the site when it's first brought online? And then add "filler" articles without affiliate links as I go along? Or would it be better to do it in reverse and bring the site online with mostly non affiliate articles? I just don't want to get penalized by Google straight out of the gate.
     
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    Of course, better to start without links. Also, I strongly recommend to have some sections/articles on site totally without affiliate links
     
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    I'm doing something similar in the moment right now. Truthfully, it depends on niche, but I average about 5 affiliate links in 1,000 word article.
     
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    There are no “Exact” rules on this but a good rule of thumb would be to add 1 affiliate link for every 500 words. So, if you've got a post that is 1000 words long, then 2 affiliate links is just fine.
     
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    But this depends on the article, also. Say if your post is "top 15 laptops" and it's 1500 words, then 15 aff links wouldn't be too much.
     
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    What I do is add non-affiliate links in the introduction (3-4) that link to further information on this topic. So if I am for example writing about mind-enhancement pills, I would link to Wikipedia about mind enhancement substances, and to several studies that tested mind enhancement pills. After the introduction, I would have the affiliate links added for the specific pills I am promoting. That way you are mixing it up. This method stills helps me index and rank my pages.
     
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    Think about it from the perspective of the reader. How many links would you, as a reader, like to have in the articles? What I would do is to add an affiliate link whenever it makes sense to do se in the context of your articles. There is no "magical number" of links that will do better than others, instead try to place links where they are most convenient for the reader. If you mention a specific product i the articles, make the name of the product an aff. link.
    That being said don't spam the fuk out of the article with links. for a 1000 word article I would go for 1-3 off links. The again, I'm not a guru or anything but I do know how annoying excessive linking is from a reader's perspective.
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  10. Spintent

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    Well I definitely think you should avoid or minimize affiliates links as long as you can - especially for new sites that you're trying to build authority on. It's no secret that Google is not fond of affiliate links so that should help weigh your decision about this issue right there. But if you want to include a sensible amount of affiliate links in your article whenever the time comes, then I'd recommend that you use something to mask the aff links such as perhaps using a plugin like pretty links or even setting the links up in your own hosting to mask and redirect the to the affiliate links. This would look much more professional and far less damaging from an SEO point of view.