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I just noticed something about affiliate link cloaking

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by domainmadness, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. domainmadness

    domainmadness Senior Member

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    I just went trough many of high competition keywords in my niche and noticed that those sites that were on page 1/2 did not cloak affiliate links. And what I found even more weird was that most of the links were d0f0ll0w.

    What is the best practice after all updates? Should I change all my sites to use d0f0ll0w affiliate links without cloaking?
     
  2. moonlighsunligh

    moonlighsunligh Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    How many pages does these sites have, and are they larger than your site?
     
  3. domainmadness

    domainmadness Senior Member

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    Some have only 1 and few have over 100, rest are between that. So it varies a lot. Why you ask? My sites range from 10-250 pages indexed.
     
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    moonlighsunligh Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Because affiliate links seem not to be a problem, especially from some well-known networks. For the Google it is easy to realize these are aff. links even if they are clocked.
     
  5. domainmadness

    domainmadness Senior Member

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    Agreed that google knows if it's affiliate link or not. But could there be negative effects if you try to cloak it? I mean, if every affiliate site on pages 1/2 has "naked" affiliate urls and most have even d0f0ll0w links it does seem like it's way to go, right? Is anyone else noticing this in their niches?