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Should I hide my Aff link from google? Does it matter?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by eestisiin, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. eestisiin

    eestisiin Regular Member

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    I searched and did not find any answers about this.

    I have a relatively new site 2 weeks at max and I was worried about, that should I hide my affiliate links from google? I have noticed that some of my sites drop on rankings, when I add clickbank link to them, but when I change them for example to a picture or file download link,then it rises again...


    Wonder why is that and what should I do with such case, or am I misunderstanding something?
     
  2. twinkletoes

    twinkletoes Junior Member

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    That is really bizarre. I've never heard of rank dropping from having an affiliate link on your site.

    What do you mean by hiding the link from google? are you talking about cloaking? Cloaking is just wise to do in general.

    If your site is only a couple of weeks old, odds are you are at a stage where you are going to have to drive traffic to it and start building your back links to get any real ranking results.
     
  3. eestisiin

    eestisiin Regular Member

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    I thought about creating a site like
    Code:
    www.mydomain.com/order.html
    add nofollow and noindex tags to this link and then redirect it with .htaccesss

    Is it any use?

    The new site is actually already near the top of google serp and i am still building links, but how long should i wait to add a link?

    BTW - sites that have been influenced have been up for a year or so and whenever i use some other link than clickbank i manage to get 1000 unique a day, but whenever I add clickbank i drop from serps, I dont know what causes it.
     
  4. a0rta

    a0rta Regular Member

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    Well.. Some say that sites with lots of affiliate links don't rank as good as sites without them. I don't know if that's true or not but Google kan be kind of strange sometimes. And if not cloaking the link one also take the risk of loosing money if anyone goes to the site but takes off once affiliate ID. Not so often that happens but it never does any harm to cloak once affiliatelinks. TinyURL and similar services will do the trick for you.

    ...or you can get any other link cloaker script and host it yourself...
     
  5. joy_joy

    joy_joy Junior Member

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    there is no solid proof of SERP drop due to affiliate links. Thou there was some rumors about a year ago.

    My take is that you should hide your links not for Google but for visitors.
     
  6. bizedozie

    bizedozie Registered Member

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    it does not matter because it will not make any difference.
     
  7. AgentZero

    AgentZero Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    how the hell would they even determine it being a affiliate link, it will be virtually impossible in most cases to distinguish and black list