Question about blogger.com and affiliate marketing?

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Hi, I got a dual question and wondering if someone can help answer. I have a couple affiliate products that I’ve been promoting for years on a click bank type website. I get a lot of people that promote the product from blogger.com.

#1, does blogger.com allow for affiliate promoting?

#2, when these people promote a product from me they copy and paste my description, then easily outrank me? I’ve had the same content up for years yet a quick copy and past causes them to outrank me (slightly).

I’m not really complaining cause I’m making sales with no work. But just interested in knowing a little more on how this is possible to outrank me with a simple copy and paste, and if your even allowed to promote affiliate products from blogger.com
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  • Profile picture of the author briantalk
    There is a thriving affiliate promotion industry on Blogger. Even before a new offer affiliate product is officially released, marketers grab a blogger blog with the name of the product and add somethig like the word "review." They then add their affiliate links and make money from getting high ranks in Google Search.

    To cut a long story short, the answer is yes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Greedy
    Yes, you can.

    You should get the pages first.

    It is just a land rush. Like many things online.
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  • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
    #2, when these people promote a product from me they copy and paste my description, then easily outrank me? I’ve had the same content up for years yet a quick copy and past causes them to outrank me (slightly).
    For how long? Usually duplicate content doesn't last long before it is re-positioned.
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    • Profile picture of the author trade4861
      Originally Posted by RogueOne View Post

      For how long? Usually duplicate content doesn't last long before it is re-positioned.
      Yes, you may be right. most post that seem to sell well are usually 20 days old or so.

      I posted a few pages myself, gonna see how long they last.

      Question? Lets say I copied and pasted content from several of my related pages and put it all in one page. Do you think by mixing up content from different pages might help to keep a page ranked well? In the end its all still duplicate content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rduncan530
    I have a blog using blogger. I also have affiliate accounts with Amazon and ITunes. The problem I am having is when I try to add the links to the blog HTML page I get an error with the code. I am obviously doing something wrong. I am new to blogging and newer to affiliate marketing. Also know nothing about codes.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author cooler1
      Originally Posted by Rduncan530 View Post

      I have a blog using blogger. I also have affiliate accounts with Amazon and ITunes. The problem I am having is when I try to add the links to the blog HTML page I get an error with the code. I am obviously doing something wrong. I am new to blogging and newer to affiliate marketing. Also know nothing about codes.
      Any help would be appreciated.
      Thanks
      What does the error say exactly? Also, did you format your link like this.

      <a href="http://www.url.com">anchor text</a>
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      • Profile picture of the author Rduncan530
        The links are setup automatically by Amazon and ITunes. I just copy and paste to my blog. There error says that the ref to "at" has to have a delimiter ";" at the end. I tried putting that in a few places but didn't work. I was wondering if I was trying to insert on the wrong page of the blog. I click on "Edit HTML" on the post page.
        The links look similar to your example only longer..
        Thanks
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        • Profile picture of the author cooler1
          Originally Posted by Rduncan530 View Post

          The links are setup automatically by Amazon and ITunes. I just copy and paste to my blog. There error says that the ref to "at" has to have a delimiter ";" at the end. I tried putting that in a few places but didn't work. I was wondering if I was trying to insert on the wrong page of the blog. I click on "Edit HTML" on the post page.
          The links look similar to your example only longer..
          Thanks
          Are you trying to add a regular text link or a widget?

          If your adding an amazon text link the easiest way is to add it like below.

          http://www.amazon.com/dp/ASIN#/?tag=YOURID

          Replace ASIN# with the 10-digit product number and YOURID with your Associate ID.

          Then in Edit HTML put;

          <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/ASIN#/?tag=YOURID">anchor text</a>

          For iTunes, maybe using a url shortner would work.
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          • Profile picture of the author Rduncan530
            Thanks, I'll try this and see what happens
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    • Profile picture of the author m5smiley
      You ca add widgets specifically for Amazon or iTunes on your blogger. You can also add the Widget "HTML/Java Script and copy and paste the code yourself. If you want to insert the links into the blog post itself, just copy the HTML code of the affiliate link only. Select the text or picture within your post that you would like to link, click link, and paste the address there. Hope this helps.

      Originally Posted by Rduncan530 View Post

      I have a blog using blogger. I also have affiliate accounts with Amazon and ITunes. The problem I am having is when I try to add the links to the blog HTML page I get an error with the code. I am obviously doing something wrong. I am new to blogging and newer to affiliate marketing. Also know nothing about codes.
      Any help would be appreciated.
      Thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author Rduncan530
        Thanks for your time and input. But nothing seems to help. when I copy and paste I am still getting an error message. This is probably simple stuff for most out of you on this forum. But it's all Greek to me. Nothing I do is working.
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        • Profile picture of the author Rduncan530
          GOT IT!
          Thanks to input from a number of you I finally figured out I was trying to add the links to the wrong place in the blog. On the layout page I add a gadget, then paste the link there. It works great,
          thanks to all for the help
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  • Profile picture of the author adam0na
    May I know whether it is possible to set up opt- in form inside my affiliate link? I have initially redirected my domain to my affiliate link for cloaking but not sure if opt- in is permitted inside the affiliate link.

    I truly hope that somebody will catch my question correctly. Please help me & thanks in advance!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by trade4861 View Post

    #1, does blogger.com allow for affiliate promoting?
    It doesn't matter.

    Blogger's terms of service are so idiosyncratically and inconsistently applied and interpreted that there's no real point trying to decide these things "logically" or "reasonably".

    Even Blogger themselves openly admit that blogs are sometimes deleted as part of an automated process, without human intervention, when people (competitors?) "flag" blogs.

    It makes no sense at all to let any part of your business, unnecessarily, be dependent on a site you don't yourself own and control.

    The reality is that there are only really four (partly overlapping) groups of people (in "internet marketing") who use Blogger ...

    (i) People who are unaware of the unnecessary risks

    (ii) People who imagine that those risks are all problems that happen "only to other people" and that they'll be ok "if they stick to the terms of service" (this is, of course, nonsense but a lot of people believe it )

    (iii) People who don't know that you can have your own reliably self-hosted WordPress blogs without even paying anyone a penny for the blog, the theme or the hosting

    (iv) Very few people who still imagine that "they must rank well because Google owns Blogger" (seriously, there are still a few people who believe that - it's also nonsense).

    Google Suspended My Innocuous Blogger Blog
    Squidoo/Blogger as primary website
    Blogger and deleted blogs?
    Blogger blog removed
    Wow Blogger Deemed All My Hard Work Spam
    Is blogger blogs worthy?
    have blogspot energy?
    is Wordpress really a better choice than Blogger in my case?
    Blogger Hosting...Is that ok??

    Originally Posted by trade4861 View Post

    #2, when these people promote a product from me they copy and paste my description, then easily outrank me?
    Yes, that can easily happen, but in the long run, the more often you "publish first" the less likely it is to happen, and the more likely it is to be temporary when it does.

    Originally Posted by trade4861 View Post

    interested in knowing a little more on how this is possible to outrank me with a simple copy and paste, and if your even allowed to promote affiliate products from blogger.com
    The answer is "easily". It has absolutely nothing to do with blogger.com at all.

    See what a real expert says, and why he'll never use Blogger again: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post8367487

    By the way, what you describe isn't "duplicate content". It's "syndicated content". (The differences between the two are hugely significant, and are briefly explained in this post and this little article).

    SEO discussions really belong here: Adsense / PPC / SEO Discussion Forum
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    I have seen blogger shut down my blog for no reason. Therefore, I would go with word press. Do not use the free version. Have your own paid blog on your own DOMAIN name. Remember that you want to work hard for long term gains. Google might in the future get rid of blogger like yahoo did with geocities and all your work is gone. Best to build up your own empire.
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  • Profile picture of the author KateD
    Hello all....

    I truly ADORE Alexa and agree with ALMOST everything she says, but Blogger has been one thing we simply don't agree on.

    To Alexa: You are obviously intelligent and thorough. Can you share your personal experience using Blogger? You have always been outspoken against Blogger, and if you have gone through a traumatic experience with them, I could certainly understand. You are so vocal with your anti-Blogger sentiment, and I was curious as to your personal experience using them (yes, I have seen countless stories of others, but you can never be sure of the whole story).

    My experience with Blogger has been the opposite. I have successfully used Blogger blogs to generate income using Adsense, affiliate marketing, CPA offers, memberships, and even Kindle.

    I have never had a blog deleted, and I have had 20-40 of them over the past ten years. In fact, the only issues I have had online in terms of content deletion/loss was from a hosting company that I was using. It wasn't a bigger player like HostGator, but I used them for about six years. I got the discount by paying annually.

    I was happy to use them for my hosted Wordpress blogs, but it wasn't always smooth. There were 2 instances where there server got corrupted an I lost all the content on various sites that were being hosted. The first time I was screwrd because I hadn't backed up my data. The second time it happened was a pain the ass, but at least my data was saved.

    And this was for a paid hosting service. With Blogger, I have never had an issue.

    Granted, this is simply my individual experience and I may be incredibly fortunate not to have experienced some of the nightmares that I had heard about in regards to Blogger.

    I don't know. I just like Blogger. It was one of the first formats that I tested the waters in for internet marketing, and although I have never paid a single penny to Blogger, I have made thousands pf dollars in income using their blogs.

    In conclusion, obviously there is a risk regardless of the medium you choose, whether free or not. Like all the information I read about Blogger, I file it for further review. Today I use both paid hosting and Blogger blogs (and a few other web2.0 sites) depending on what I am trying to accomplish.

    I am not for or against Blogger. Just sharing my personal, unique experience using Blogger.

    Best wishes,

    KateD
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by KateD View Post

      To Alexa: You are obviously intelligent and thorough. Can you share your personal experience using Blogger? You have always been outspoken against Blogger, and if you have gone through a traumatic experience with them, I could certainly understand. You are so vocal with your anti-Blogger sentiment, and I was curious as to your personal experience using them (yes, I have seen countless stories of others, but you can never be sure of the whole story).
      LOL, you're supremely kind and tactful.

      No, I have no "personal Blogger horror story" of my own. It's enough for me that countless people I know and trust and respect have them. To some extent, I'm willing to learn from other people's experiences, when I trust and respect the people and/or if there huge numbers of them all apparently matching - and in one sense isn't that what forums are for?

      I accept, of course, that there are people who have used Blogger without any adverse incidents, some of them for long periods of time. But there are also thousands who have had the opposite experience. My contention is that it's all so unnecessary, because all the benefits you've ever had from using Blogger, you could equally easily have had (without the risks and without any cost) at Byethost or various other equivalents instead. And they don't have an automated process whereby blogs can just be deleted for no apparent reason, following no known breach of the TOS, and without appeal.

      It seems to me that there's no gain in using Blogger compared with doing the same things in other places, but the risks are easy to see. It's no harder (or more expensive) to be safe than sorry, in other words.

      You say that you've seen "countless stories of others", but doesn't the sheer number of them put you off, at all? How many would you have to see for that to put you off? Or isn't there a number that would put you off at all, because they're all "other people's experiences"? That's fair enough, of course, if you want to accept only your own experiences. I'm not crticising that decision, but it wouldn't be mine.

      There comes a point, for me, at which even a skepchick like me is willing to be influenced simply by the concatenation of very similar stories all sharing the same features, when there's absolutely no apparent incentive for everyone to be making them up.

      I offer you one more observation, on the strength of Martin Avis being very well known here, very stable and reliable, successful, reasonable, helpful, extremely respected here for over a decade (rightly) and all the rest of it (in other words, clearly not someone who breached Blogger's terms of service without knowing he'd done so!): if you can stand to read one more post on this subject, see what he has to say about it, if you will ... http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post8367487

      Although you haven't had any of these problems with Blogger yourself, doesn't the fact that so many people have, in conjunction with the fact that you could have done at other places whatever you've done at Blogger, influence you at all, Kate?

      If it genuinely doesn't, then fair enough: it doesn't, and I accept that.

      But it influences me - consciously and deliberately.

      Originally Posted by KateD View Post

      I may be incredibly fortunate not to have experienced some of the nightmares that I had heard about in regards to Blogger.
      Yes indeed. That's my reading of it: I think you've been very lucky!

      Originally Posted by KateD View Post

      I am not for or against Blogger. Just sharing my personal, unique experience using Blogger.
      I'm against it. And not sharing my own experiences, but alerting people to how very, very widespread are the adverse (and unnecessary!) experiences of others.
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  • Profile picture of the author m5smiley
    You are allowed to promote affiliate links of Blogger. However, I will say that I have lost long standing blogs on there in the past due to someone flagging it as a spam site (when it was not AT ALL- I was writing unique personal blogs with affiliate links here and there). This happened years ago and has not happened again so they may have improved on this. I know when it happened may people told me to use wordpress instead.

    I think there are probably other factors at play as to why you get outranked. I am interested in seeing this answer as well. I have some blogposts that used to rank number 1 under a keyword. Then there was a forum page where someone linked to my blogpost and that became number 1 instead. I did not understand it myself.
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