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    Google’s Matt Cutts On Affiliate Links: We Handle Majority Of Them
    Knowing that everyone on ABW just loves Matt Cutts:



    The video above is from the SMX Advanced show in 2012 where Danny Sullivan asked Google’s Matt Cutts about nofollowing affiliate links.

    Matt responded that although they handle the majority of affiliate links automatically, if you are at all worried, you should nofollow those links to be careful.

    Here is what Matt said, if you can’t watch the video above:

    We handle the vast majority of affiliate stuff correctly because if it is a large enough affiliate network we know about it and we handle it on our side. Even though we handle I believe the vast majority of affiliate links appropriately if you are at all worried about it, I would go ahead and just add the nofollow because you might be earning money from that.

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    I would go ahead and just add the nofollow because you might be earning money from that.
    Notice his body language when he said the above line.

    Translation: the Google does not want you to earn money from affiliate links...
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    How do you hide affiliate links from google?

    Simply mod rewrite seems not to be enough, maybe we should disallow google from affiliate links folder, or even disallow google bot access to the link folder. Providing all link have format mysite.com/products/affiliatelink1.html, site.com/products/affiliatelink1.html and so on.

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    The Goog is smart enough to know if (and when) you are "gaming" the system

    'Nuff said.
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    What does it means gaming the system?
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    Affiliate links shouldn't be hidden from google, or defined as something else... there is a paid relationship between your site and a store, which is the only reason for the link.

    If you try to hide it, your site may be penalized as a result - 'gaming the system' just means an attempt to disguise the links..

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    No-follow is pretty black & white, why do you feel you need to do something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teezone View Post
    If you try to hide it, your site may be penalized as a result - 'gaming the system' just means an attempt to disguise the links..
    If you hide it well, they probably won't be able to find it out.

    I can do on my site whatever i wish, and it is not Google's business if i earn through affiliate programs the site or using adsense. Why would i work for 0.03 per visitor using adsense when i can get 0.30 or more per visitor using affiliate programs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    No-follow is pretty black & white, why do you feel you need to do something else?
    Because i have found Google does not allow multiple pages from different domains with the same affiliate ID (commission junction) to rank for the same or pretty much the same keyword. When i tested the pages had totally different content, so i am sure it is because of affiliate ID.

    But also i do not my site to be labeled as an affiliate site by Google. Thos may lower the site rank.

    I guess amazon associates are safe from it, since you they can easily make many different affiliate ID's within one account.

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    Google is tightening the net, anything that makes money without paying Google first is going to get stamped on eventually.

    They are running a monopoly, haven't you seen the new changes for paid product inclusion in search? heres the link

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDIZM View Post
    They are running a monopoly, haven't you seen the new changes for paid product inclusion in search? heres the link
    Great article. Hell, It's as if the author was in my head...
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