Joined: 26 May 09
30 May 09 9:14 am
It clearly is better to add the nofollow attribute to affiliate links. Here's what I do:
1. Not using the affiliate link directly but a quick-generated XsitePro redirect. Redirect pages should have the "noindex" robot attribute in addition.
2. Activating the "nofollow" attribute for these links within my article content pages (the links to a.m. redirects).
a) The internal link stucture maintains more link weigth (Google counts these as well) in order to help with PR optimization (it is not much, but still, it sums up).
b) Your site is not so easily degraded as a "bad, bad affiliate site" by Google and other search engines...
c) Prospectives and gonna-be customers for your affiliate product can't directly see it is an affiliate link when hovering over the link.
Sure there may be more advantages and disadvantages, but thats how I see it.