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I want to start a website/blog which will be monetized using affiliate links. I am confused how to plan the affiliate links flow. I have a few questions and scenarios here:
1. The actual flow =>
a. Should I just hyperlink to the product directly in the article?
b. Or should I list the product affiliate links on a separate page and link to that page from the article?
This flow is sketched in the image below.
2. If option b, then should I make the product affiliate links page no-follow and no-crawl so the SE bots don't bother reviewing it or is it fine to keep it normal and let them have it crawled?
3. In both cases, how should I cloak the affiliate links or make them hidden from bots? I'll be using WordPress.
In case of option b, I think it'll keep the visitor one click away from to get to the product buy page. On the positive side, it'll give them options to choose from and the links can be updated if the previous products are discontinued or whatsoever.
Please suggest me which way is better or if there is any other useful flow or method for affiliate links to be used, I'd love to hear it.