Joined: 06 Jun 09
28 Sep 09 1:23 pm
Hi Alan :)
Have you read anything directly written by Google saying that you shouldn't be putting affiliate links on your site? I mean have Google said it themselves in black and white? I was interested in this question too.
According to their own webmaster guidelines (http://www.google.com/support/webmaster ... swer=66361
as an example) the main problem they have is with affiliate sites that have little-no valuable content for visitors.
To quote them, "There is no problem in being an affiliate as long as you create some added value for your users and produce valuable content that gives a user a reason to visit your site. For example, you could create product reviews, ratings, and product comparisons."
That seems very self explanatory.
From this they are not saying at all we shouldn't be using affiliate links and you could go one step further to say that they pretty much expect us to have affiliate links on our affiliate sites. We just have to be smarter and work harder to provide worthwhile, unique content. Which is good for us all because there are lots of dodgy affiliate sites out there.
I'm only learning too but from my understanding I'd still use PHP redirects + nofollow on affiliate links to preserve your link juice. I'm not sure but I think using redirects in this way (for legitimate affiliate sites) is perfectly fine as long as the links are all legit and not to dodgy sites. Doesn't link cloaking really refer to shady black hat techniques? So that won't affect us, right? (ie the "good guys"). Can anyone elaborate on this?
Just my 2c worth
Wishing you luck and success