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How Panda Has Affected My Affiliate Site

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by lolseo, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    Hi guys,

    I run a review & discount code site.

    I was ranking very well earlier in the year, #1 for 4 main keywords.

    In May i took a bit of a hit, and dropped to 2nd/3rd/4th for my main keywords, however managed to get back into 2nd/3rd.

    Things were fine until this past week.

    The latest Panda update has dropped me again to 3rd/4th for my main terms, and other terms i was on page 1 for, (reviews of products), in some cases have dropped out of the top 100.

    My site is monetised through affiliate links, primarily discount codes.

    Most of my pages contain affiliate links, some cloaked using pretty link, some not cloaked. My pages are discount code pages, or reviews. I have a few interviews on there, which generally don't contain affiliate links.

    Im just wondering, to bounce back and try and reclaim my #1 spot, and also boost the rankings on my terms that have completely fell (albeit these only provided a low amount of traffic) would i be best off writing articles, guides etc containing no affiliate links, and instead linking these internally to my review / discount pages?

    My anchor text for my main words was probably a bit high also, so not sure if this might have impacted me?
     
  2. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    Any help please guys?
     
  3. Gyuman82

    Gyuman82 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Assuming your content is unique, it sounds like your website may have been flagged as too spammy because of the overuse of affiliate links.

    Obviously without seeing your website it's hard to say, but just based off what you said that's likely the case.

    Or it could be Google just f****d up again with a rollout.
     
  4. wisdomkid

    wisdomkid Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    You can build a couple of hundred links this month, but you don't need to use any of your keywords as anchor text. You can use generic keywords to reduce the anchor text links and see what happens next.

    Best of lucks
     
  5. Ghoast

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    Without seeing your campaign, it's impossible to tell what went wrong.. But how about this for a view point (and this goes for everyone in this position):

    Stop blaming Panda, Penguin and Pedo Pete that your site lost rankings.. These things all focus on getting rid of websites using spammy techniques to rank.. Make your campaigns future proof so the next time and update comes you're ready.. There's not point being one step ahead, you need to be a whole staircase ahead..
     
  6. blacat

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    Another alternative to what happened to your ranking. You mentioned that for some keywords you only lost few spots.

    There's a good chance that your site was not penalized or filtered BUT that some of your backlinks were hit and as a result lost their power. In my opinion, if you still have keywords that rank on the first page, just add some good links... avoid crappy links.
     
  7. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    Thanks

    To the guy who said over use of affiliate links, i think this could be the case. Some of my older reviews featured multiple affiliate links, where as my new articles have just 2. One at the top in a review box, and one at the end of the article.

    I've been through older posts and pages and reduced duplication of affiliate links, and have also removed some shorter posts with affiliate links on completely.

    I've regained positions on some of my major keywords, but some are still way down.

    Thanks for the help guys. Definitely haven't been 'slapped' by the update, but it did affect me a little.

    Once again,

    Thanks!