Amount of affiliate links per page/post?

by ArielT
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Hello, I'd like to know what is the maximum amount of affiliate links that would be recommend as limit per page/post to be not penalized by Google
#affiliate #amount #links #page or post
  • Profile picture of the author FrankMiller
    There's no set number, but having too many makes you look spammy. Provide a good user experience!
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  • Profile picture of the author huester
    For my amazon sites I usually have 3 in there but if I'm writing an ebook I will have one link in the whole book and show it twice only.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by ArielT View Post

    Hello, I'd like to know what is the maximum amount of affiliate links that would be recommend as limit per page/post to be not penalized by Google
    It actually depends on the length of the article. For an article of about 400 to 450 words, I would say that 3 is a good number. One link should be towards the top, one in the middle of the article, and one at the bottom of the article (the "call-to-action" link). I hope this helps some.

    Good luck,
    Joey
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    • Profile picture of the author matt78
      Originally Posted by Miguelito203 View Post

      It actually depends on the length of the article. For an article of about 400 to 450 words, I would say that 3 is a good number. One link should be towards the top, one in the middle of the article, and one at the bottom of the article (the "call-to-action" link).
      Yep..agree with miguelito here. I usually use call to action phrases for my affiliate link like:

      - click here for today's price
      - click here for more customer reviews
      - click here for more info
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  • Profile picture of the author BarryOnline
    Too many affiliate links will definitely have a negative impact on the ranking of the page.

    There's no way of knowing Google's threshold for this but to play it safe I would not have any more than three.

    On most of my review pages I have two but they get very high click through rates because they have a strong call to action, so there' no need for more than two.
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  • Profile picture of the author subbun
    Adding affiliate links with rel="nofollow"

    you can add many links that no problem...
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    • Profile picture of the author davegarcia939
      Originally Posted by subbun View Post

      Adding affiliate links with rel="nofollow"

      you can add many links that no problem...
      Yes, I agree with you. Whenever you need to place an affiliate link you can place but remember to use rel="nofollow".
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    • Profile picture of the author ArielT
      Originally Posted by subbun View Post

      Adding affiliate links with rel="nofollow"

      you can add many links that no problem...
      Are you sure that would resolve the problem?
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  • Profile picture of the author Oliver Orbitz
    Hey, Ariel.

    I definitely agree with what most here are saying. Personally, I don't ever use more than 3 affiliate links per page; one at the beginning, middle and end of the article. Also, it does kind of depend on how long the article is. If you wanted to, you could probably do fine with 1 affiliate link about every 200 words. Just go with whatever feels right to you, because like others have said, the user experience comes first.
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  • Profile picture of the author BarryOnline
    Google automatically treats affiliates links from large well known networks like Amazon and Clickbank as "nofollow". Meaning that the link will not flow PR, anchor text and will be dropped from Google's link graph.

    However, Google still views the link as an "advert" whether it is "no followed" or not.

    A page with tons adverts/affiliate links spread across it is a bad user experiance and will drop like a stone in Google.

    Keep it simple, if you've got good content people will read your article, see your link and click it. You don't have to over do it and force people to click your affiliate links.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Try not to overdo the amount of affiliate links on your page. Focus on providing great content and a friendly experience, and you will get recurring visits from your subscribers (if you're building a list), and your income will grow as people like your content and follow your recommendations.
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    What about if the links are on the homepage?

    Does the number of affiliate links you have on your site homepage affect your ranking in the SERPs? I have a site which has about 20 affiliate links on the homepage and about 400 words of content, but it isn't ranking anywhere in the top 20 pages for any keywords.

    I have a site which has no affiliate links on the homepage yet it's ranking #1 for its primary keyword even though the site doesn't have many backlinks. However, the keyword is very low competition so the number of affiliate links might not be related in anyway.

    It hasn't been a problem before Penguin having that many links on the homepage, so unless something has changed within the last 6 months or so then I guess it doesn't have a bearing on rankings.
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    • Profile picture of the author meta-blogger
      Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

      What about if the links are on the homepage?
      Does the number of affiliate links you have on your site homepage affect your ranking in the SERPs? I have a site which has about 20 affiliate links on the homepage and about 400 words of content, but it isn't ranking anywhere in the top 20 pages for any keywords.

      I have a site which has no affiliate links on the homepage yet it's ranking #1 for its primary keyword even though the site doesn't have many backlinks. However, the keyword is very low competition so the number of affiliate links might not be related in anyway.
      It hasn't been a problem before Penguin having that many links on the homepage, so unless something has changed within the last 6 months or so then I guess it doesn't have a bearing on rankings.
      You really can't expect a good answer if you keep asking the wrong questions. what you should be asking is what is relevant to google with regard to the search terms you wish to rank for.

      hint: being an expert at dog training and writing excellent training articles won't guarantee you high rankings - as google has to compare your pages to thousands of other pages using a mathematical algorith, not real humans, to determine who is 20th or 10th or 1st, what *you* think is relevant does not really matter.

      google uses an algorithm to score every link, every page, every internal link between pages in your site, every external link coming into your site, even the text in the link is evaluated, they also track how much time people spend on your site, they also track if people did a google search and left google to visit your site - if they came right back to google to continue searching they assume your page was not relevant to whatever search terms you were ranking for, they look at headlines, page titles, alt text in your images, even the spelling of the image file i.e. dog1.jpg versus golden-retriever-infested-fleas.jpg, they also look at the overall structure of your site for example if you site has a page 2 levels deep named pitbull.html and another page named pitbull.html only one level deep all other things being equal they will have different scores because one seems more general and one seems more specific because of how deeply buried it may be.

      so there are a huge amount of factors that affect your rank, the best course i have personally come across just the other day incidentally really reveals some insider but very logical and common-sense tricks based on real research from google, and better yet it gives you a simple yet powerful piece of software called Keyword Map Pro at a price to low to print. You can check it out here, it's cheap, but many will lose out on this excellent resource because they prefer to search for needles in haystacks than to simply learn from experts.(Noe: this is not an A-Z guide on seo but the training videos and pdfs will change the way you think about seo for sure, and it is very clearly explained).

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      In any event you need to buckle down and actually study seo, so you can take a sniper approach instead of a shot gun approach, you'll do less work and get better results if you help google to *see* your page/site as relevant for specific terms as opposed to all the other pages/sites google has to give a score for the same search terms. Changing just the amount of links won't help you much if the rest of your page and even your site's structure is haphazardly thrown together.

      Hope the free 8-day video course brings you up to speed, and i personally give Keyword Map Pro two thumbs up. I've used it about 30 times in the last few days. Brad also just released a one of a kind article outsourcing service, i've used it twice already.

      Ha, i've inserted 3 links, wonder what google would think? But i'm posting this for real human readers not for google. Anyways, remember on thing - conversions are the most important thing, if your pages and content is not written for real humans and getting them to take whatever your desired action is, it makes little sense to get more traffic, so make sure your page is converting(or at least written well enough to get optins, sales, click-thus, etc).
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      • Profile picture of the author csa1066
        Hi,

        I've just found this thread and as I am starting a new website I have a couple of questions about Google penalties for too many affiliations whether through Amazon or not.

        If this is the case how do sites such as moneysavingexpert.com (which is full of affiliated links and little text), price comparison sites and those that mix a bit of information with loads of affiliated links and adverts get such high rankings in Google. For instance if I type in 'save money uk' then out of 518,000,000 results moneysavingexpert is first!

        Thank you for any help.
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