Google hates affiliate links, what can we do?

by bodmov
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I'm working on a blog and want to monetize it with CPA offers.But unfortunately Google hates all affiliate links.My question is what we can do?

1.Is there any way for us to hide our links, for example to create only an opt in list and redirect people to my cpa offers after they put their email address?What do you think?Will Google hate/love this?Is it works, wouldn't I lose a lot of conversion?Any other ways of hiding my CPA links?

2.Does it matter if I put one or several affiliate links.I want to make a list of cpa offers on my blog.Will it be any difference if I put one or several links?I will make them looks relevant and likely for people, interested in my topic?

3.Will there be any difference where to place them.I want to place them in my posts, because that way the conversion will be better.Will there be any difference if I place them on only several of my posts or at all of my posts?Will that matter?What, if I also place several on my main menu and top banner ad?What do you think?Will there be any difference or Google will hate that the same way, no matter how many cpa links will I place?

4.Should I use nofollow for them or it is the same?

My top competitors use affiliate links, but it may be harder to rank.What do you think?Actually do you think it will be any significant difference in the ranking with or without affiliate links.
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  • I donĀ“t think you can hide them. But besides from shops, nearly all sites have some monetization. I think Google does not dislike affiliate links, but pure affiliate sites. Does your content makes any sense without your affiliate links? Or could you leave them away and your content would still be worth reading and of value for your visitors?
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  • Profile picture of the author kochtgr
    Originally Posted by bodmov View Post

    I'm working on a blog and want to monetize it with CPA offers.But unfortunately Google hates all affiliate links.My question is what we can do?

    1.Is there any way for us to hide our links, for example to create only an opt in list and redirect people to my cpa offers after they put their email address?What do you think?Will Google hate/love this?Is it works, wouldn't I lose a lot of conversion?Any other ways of hiding my CPA links?

    2.Does it matter if I put one or several affiliate links.I want to make a list of cpa offers on my blog.Will it be any difference if I put one or several links?I will make them looks relevant and likely for people, interested in my topic?

    3.Will there be any difference where to place them.I want to place them in my posts, because that way the conversion will be better.Will there be any difference if I place them on only several of my posts or at all of my posts?Will that matter?What, if I also place several on my main menu and top banner ad?What do you think?Will there be any difference or Google will hate that the same way, no matter how many cpa links will I place?

    4.Should I use nofollow for them or it is the same?

    My top competitors use affiliate links, but it may be harder to rank.What do you think?Actually do you think it will be any significant difference in the ranking with or without affiliate links.
    Using nofollow can help plus use redirects however don't overdo it with affiliate links since it's not only the SEO factor it just doesn't look good to visitors if there are too many ads so just add a few and very targeted CPA offers to each page...
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  • Profile picture of the author bodmov
    What I need is:

    - several links in top main side of my main menu (of course relevant)
    - several links at some of my posts (no all of them)

    of course I will concentrate my efforts on creating quality content.

    What do you think?
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    • Profile picture of the author dburk
      Hi bodmov,

      Google doesn't dislike affiliate links, they dislike thin affiliate sites that offer a poor user experience for Google's users.
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      • Profile picture of the author bodmov
        Originally Posted by dburk View Post

        Hi bodmov,

        Google doesn't dislike affiliate links, they dislike thin affiliate sites that offer a poor user experience for Google's users.
        I have a blog, that ranked on second page of Google.Once I placed my affiliate links, it dropped on page 7 in several days...
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        • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
          Originally Posted by bodmov View Post

          I have a blog, that ranked on second page of Google.Once I placed my affiliate links, it dropped on page 7 in several days...
          How long was it ranking on the second page before the drop? What else were you doing? You are misinterpreting what happened.

          Google does not hate affiliate links. If they did, there would be almost no affiliates.
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          • Profile picture of the author paulgl
            Nofollow does not do squat.

            Nofollow does not mean "not seen."

            Why not rely on yourself for traffic rather than google?

            Do you have a real business or not? Do you really offer
            stuff real people would find of value?

            You start off with the premise that google hates affiliate
            links. Then asking how you can shmooze your
            page so you can get away with it.

            If google hates affiliate links as you say, why not stop
            creating crappy affiliate linked pages?

            Why keep looking under the same rocks?

            Why not dump affiliate links altogether and do something else?

            If affiliate links in your case were soooooooooooooooooo lucrative,
            you would not be asking this. You would be buying advertising.

            Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author kaytav
    What was your blog about. Just check the keywords it was ranking for. Might be a Google dance, or lack of SEO. Also make sure your affiliate link is not Affiliate programs - Webmaster Tools Help as dburk mentioned.
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  • Profile picture of the author gotmagic
    You may want to consider doing a php redirect for each of your affiliate links. This solution would enable you to place your (affiliate) links into a folder on your server whereby you can block the folder with a robots.txt disallow command. I have gone with this approach numerous times in the past and it worked wonders.
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