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Proper method for hiding affiliate links

Discussion in 'Cloaking and Content Generators' started by douglaslovin83, May 25, 2016.

  1. douglaslovin83

    douglaslovin83 Newbie

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    I have not done any affiliate marketing in quite some time. I'm ready to jump back into it and looking for just a little advice on Affiliate linking.

    Our site will be a list of Top 10 items, all centered around a specific niche, and every item on the list will be affiliate linked to either Amazon or another online retailer.

    I want to include "Buy Now" type of buttons for every item on the list, and it opens in a new window on the place to buy.

    However I would like some advice to get around google crawling all these links as Affiliate links.

    Should the buy now button link to a different page that then forwards them to the buy site?

    Or what is the preferred method to this these days?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Des_cartes

    Des_cartes Junior Member

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  3. Aiden_1

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    By instructing the robot.txt file not to follow those affiliated links in your site.
    Use 302 redirect for the affiliated link which you want link with the buy now button.

    By cloaking the page, which shows 2 different pages to the users and the crawlers. These affiliated links won't allowed the link juice.
     
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    Monsterer Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    You can also create cloak URLs by this ways also,
    #cloak without plugin - There are some steps
    1. Choose which URL(affiliate links) you want in your URL.
    2. Get list of all your affiliate links and choose your related URL name.
    3. Open your htaccess file
    4. Use 302 redirect(temporary redirect) it still remains your all metrics.
    5. open robots.txt file and disallow, that is you don't want Google to index all your cloaked URLs.
    6. Now all set to place your affiliate cloaked URLs. Make sure you add rel="nofollow'' to all your affiliate links
     
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  5. adultwebmasterdesign

    adultwebmasterdesign Junior Member

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    You could also split some of the links between youtube and pinterest thus growing your followers and boosting your PR at the same time.
     
  6. mbreezy

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    Don't do it. It is against G's quality guidelines.
     
  7. Linkzo

    Linkzo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Generally the affiliate links are dynamic type of url containing various characters and signs,even the dynamic url are not friendly to the search engines.So it is really necessary that we create a specific folder and its sub folder to 302 redirect to the affiliate pages. And that is what search engines recommend.
     
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    A member of this forum Deki has a plugin which hides affiliate links and the service thread is very active too.
     
  9. Furious Man

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    good info buddy thanks