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Putting affiliate links now or wait?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by lmaestro, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. lmaestro

    lmaestro Power Member

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    Do we wait for the site to get index after a few days or do we just put the links now?

    Any difference?

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  2. oakley56fila

    oakley56fila Junior Member

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    This is something I've seen up for debate. I've read some SEO sources that say wait to add things like adsense and affiliate links until after the site has been indexed for awhile. I don't know myself, however, I'm currently running a test on a domain name. I've did some link building, added adsnse, and affiliate links (some of the things I've heard not to do) and I'm starting to see it get indexed just as quickly.

    I'll report back here if I have any significant findings.
     
  3. lmaestro

    lmaestro Power Member

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    Actually whats the logic behind not putting the links first?Do google frown upon affiliate links?
     
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    Yes, many people think that Google frowns on affiliate links, or at least too many of them. They specifically want to filter out "thin affiliate" style sites from the serps.

    If you've got a moderate advertising site with good content, it doesn't really matter. However if you've got a low content / high advertising ratio then often it can be better to wait. Not just from the SEs perspective - often the initial stages of link building can be easier if your site looks "clean" and doesn't have ads on it. People are more likely to allow links to a site that doesn't look commercially motivated.

    If you are doing any kind of blackhat link spamming, leave off the ads until you start to rank and get SE traffic that is going to convert. Angry webmasters that you are spamming are liable to complain to the affiliate programs you're using and try to get your banned. Link spam > get ranked > put up ads > profit.
     
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    artizhay BANNED BANNED

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    I hate to reference pop culture, especially this one, but in the Social Network, they say several times that they don't want to monetize Facebook because "ads aren't cool." But that's really a true bit of advice. If your site is new and has ads, it doesn't look good in the eyes of many people. You should build links now, but also focus on getting really good content.

    Would you approve of a site that had little content and tons of ads? Some people can do it, but as a visitor, I would jump off a site quickly if I saw the owner was only it in for the money, as signified by a very lopsided ad-to-content ratio. I would assume search algorithms may feel the same way.
     
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