how many affiliate links in an articles of 800 words?

by spen
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Hi guys,
I want to know that it is good about how many affiliate links in an articles of 800 words?

I mean it
Will it be punished by Google if I put more than 5 affiliate links in an article contain about 800 words.

thanks.
#800 #affiliate #articles #links #words
  • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
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    Hello Spen,

    It depends on the topic or subject talked about the article. My take to this is that as long as your affiliate product is relevant to what's discussed in the content, you may mention your affiliate link. Perhaps, 2 to 3 affiliate links would do.
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  • Profile picture of the author zigzag007
    No more than 2 is what I believe.
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  • Profile picture of the author Oliver Orbitz
    Hey, Spen.


    I have always had the best results with three links; one at the beginning, middle and end of the article. My experience is with product reviews that sell physical products. I would try three to start with, in the locations I said, and test to see which links are clicked on the most. Generally, in my own experience, I get more clicks from the links in the beginning and end of the article. Good luck.

    Oliver
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  • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
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    I concur Oliver's answer. That's the reason why we mention the affiliate product's name:
    - once on the first sentence of the first paragraph
    - once on the first or last sentence of the last paragraph
    - at least 3 times within the body
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    • Profile picture of the author packerfan
      Depends on 2 things IMO. How good your article is, and how compelling your CTA is.

      You have to look at like this. Do you just want clicks, or do you want people to actually click through with some intent on buying?

      Nothing wrong with either strategy necessarily, but I'd do something different in each case.

      The first I'd probably put 2-3 links. The other quite possibly just one.
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  • Profile picture of the author spen
    thank every one.
    I mean it
    Will it be punished by Google if I put more than 5 affiliate links in an article contain about 800 words.
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    • Profile picture of the author Patrick Batty
      Originally Posted by spen View Post

      thank every one.
      I mean it
      Will it be punished by Google if I put more than 5 affiliate links in an article contain about 800 words.
      Your initial question asked how many links you should put in an article.

      All of the people that were kind enough to respond to you said 2 or 3.

      Then you ask what happens if you do 5?

      If you really wanted to know the first question, why are you ignoring all the answer you got?
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    It really depends...

    As long as your article provides value to reader and the affiliate products are related and also provide value i don't see why there should be a limit.

    Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author JeffreyBenson
    Hmmm.. I think, it still depends on the topic that you are working with. I must say that 2 to 3 links would be advisable though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kragsig
    It depends on what you're selling. Most times I would put in a maximum of three links. In some cases i will just refer to a banner in the right column or someplace else.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyborgX
    I use 2 links. Not more use. Generally It depend on the sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author murtuza
    I put 2 links in a 400 word article, so I think 4 should be fine in 800 word article. However I don't think there is any hard and fast rule...
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  • Profile picture of the author andlosek
    I always write an article within 500 words and promote 3 links. It,s give me good result.
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    As said there is no hard and fast rule, but if your using good call to actions on site there is no need to have more than 5 affiliate links in an 800 word article. If anything, having so many affiliate links could put visitors off because they will think you're giving them a hard sell.
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  • Profile picture of the author TamilYoung
    Its known that Google hates affiliate links if overstuffed. For an 800 word article, I would say 2 would be fine, but worstcase not more than 3. If you have those links as contextual, it will be great!
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    • Profile picture of the author helterskelter
      May I build on this question? I've been doing Amazon review articles, most 700-1200 words, with three links (intro para, closing para, and in the middle a link to the rest of a review), but I've also been linking my pictures - normally 2-3, sometimes 4. Is that overkill? If so, which bit would you guys drop?
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      • Profile picture of the author cooler1
        Originally Posted by helterskelter View Post

        May I build on this question? I've been doing Amazon review articles, most 700-1200 words, with three links (intro para, closing para, and in the middle a link to the rest of a review), but I've also been linking my pictures - normally 2-3, sometimes 4. Is that overkill? If so, which bit would you guys drop?
        If you remove some links, remove the picture ones as it isn't as visable to the visitor that it is a link.
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  • Profile picture of the author CrisisCore08
    I usually add one in a picture 1 buy now/order now button and 1 anchor link in the end of the article
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    • Profile picture of the author cooler1
      Originally Posted by CrisisCore08 View Post

      I usually add one in a picture 1 buy now/order now button and 1 anchor link in the end of the article
      In the site in your sig, those horizontal widgets which display different products, do Amazon supply those or did you get them custom made?
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  • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
    Five is too many, even without Google. If people get the sense that you're pushing a product too hard, it won't sell. Stick with one to three (max) per article and focus on creating good content, not just posting links.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You dont want to overkill it. Read over your article and hyperlink any relevant anchor text that pertains to the affiliate product you're offering. Just keep your reader in mind, and make it sound original and worthy for them.
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  • I do articles quite a bit in my SEO, I always never go over hyperlinking more than 2 anchor text.

    Regardless of the size of the article, I find it works a lot better that way, for readers and search-engines.
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    • Profile picture of the author debtreliefadvice
      I would say no more than two or three.

      If you are submitting an article to various article directories, find out their individual requirements as well. There is one article directory out there that won't allow an affiliate link for the first 350 words.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMSince2003
    Originally Posted by spen View Post

    Hi guys,
    I want to know that it is good about how many affiliate links in an articles of 800 words?

    I mean it
    Will it be punished by Google if I put more than 5 affiliate links in an article contain about 800 words.

    thanks.
    Yes, Google will punish you, and so will your potential client by not buying what you're selling.
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  • Profile picture of the author evilsaigon
    Five is too much... For 800 words, it's best to keep within 2 as a guideline.

    Plus it also depends on the purpose of your article and how you're going to utilize it.
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    • I would use maximum 2 links for 2 different products relevant to your article.
      More of them would "water down" the possibility of buying recommended products.
      That`s my 0.02$
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  • Profile picture of the author MarvyDery
    I wouldn't go for more than 3 affiliate links in one article. I don't want the reader to fell you are selling to him but the user should feel you are giving him quality information
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      I don't put affiliate links in articles at all.
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        None of my articles are ever so short as only 800 words. :p But a very common mistake that article marketers make is to try to sell products directly from their articles. This has a crippling effect not only on syndication potential, but ironically also on sales/conversion potential. Neither publishers nor their subscribers want to read "sales letters" thinly disguised as articles. Even so-called "product reviews" more often are causing jaded prospects to reflexively roll up their eyeballs.

        To maximize sales, it is critically important for your articles not to appear "salesy", or even self-promotional at all. Providing quality and value begins the nearly simultaneous process of wide distribution through syndication, and the build-up of highly targeted and warm traffic to your website. This extended reach has a cumulative and profound effect; your reading audience can be nearly as receptive as if they were your own "subscribers".

        When allowed, I do have several links (sometimes as many as four) within the article body for added reference, expanded explanation, or citations from authoritative sources. All of these links point to my website first, then the reader is forwarded to the original, off-site referenced source. What this does is provide added exposure to other resources on my website including ... the affiliate product I'm selling. The subtlety of not appearing to promote anything is really quite a powerful marketing method.
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