I want to start promoting an affiliate website on adwords.
I am willing to customize the site in any manner in order to avoid being tagged as a bridge page, but I just can't find good info on how to do it.
I've seen some post in the Adwords forums of someone that claims that when your'e an affiliate, it's simply impossible to avoid this policy:
The "Bridge Page" AdWords policy is one that's enforced extremely toughly. |
For some reason, you wont get an answer out of Google so let me save you the trouble. This comes from MANY years experience....
EVERY AFFILIATE SITE violates the bridge page policy. Let me say that again. EVERY AFFILIATE SITE VIOLATES the AdWords bridge page policy.
If the main purpose of your page is to send visitors to another page (and let's be honest, that's EXACTLY what an affiliate site is), then Google will ban you.
Let me put it in a much clearer way. If you removed ALL of the affiliate links and ads from your page, would you still pay to send traffic to it via AdWords? If the answer is no, it's a bridge page.
There are some sites that violate this policy (buycheapr.com, lowpriceshopper.co.uk, shopping.com, shopzilla and a lot more) we all know this, but Google turns a blind eye to these. You're not going to be able to get Google to turn a blind eye.
I'm telling you not to bother because you will be banned for LIFE. In 5 years time, you may want to advertise a business that doesn't violate the AdWords policy and you'll regret being banned then.
I know this is not the answer that you wanted to hear. Sorry. But it's the truth.
In practice, I barely notice any adwords ads of affiliates being displayed on google, for whatever search terms.
With all that contradicting info, I just can't decide what and how to do, so I'm pretty much stuck.
Can anyone shed some light on this matter, preferably with some valid references?