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Using Affiliate type links in PBN

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Stefan Lange, May 15, 2019 at 5:01 AM.

  1. Stefan Lange

    Stefan Lange Newbie

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    Question: since the link to the money site shouldn't be obvious in a PBN, wouldn't it make sense to make it look like an affiliate program link? For example: http://mywebsite.com/product-1/?ref=123.
    That way it looks like the money site owner is running an affiliate program and the PBN sites are just individual affiliates' web pages and not connected to the money site owner. I assume some link juice would still be passed on to the money site since we'd be using it's domain/URL?
    Would this pass a manual Google review
     
  2. what_hat?

    what_hat? Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I wouldn't do it. In a 2012 interview, within the context of a question about nofollow and affiliate links, Matt Cutts confirmed that Google can identify affiliate links and “handles” them. By handling them, he presumably means that Google is able to prevent them from passing PageRank.

    https://www.searchenginejournal.com/affiliate-links-ymyl/295091