SEO - Best way to remove affiliate links for stores

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Hi all,

I have an affiliate store and one of the advertisers has asked me to remove their products as they are no longer using the affiliate service.

What is the best way to remove the pages and links without affecting SEO.

I understand that after removing the pages, you need to rebuild your sitemap but would it be better to just leave the pages and have a place holder to mention that the product is no longer available?

Looking for any strategies on the best way to approach this without affecting SEO.

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author KristinaRoy
    Redirecting remove product link on other same products will be good idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Just remove the affiliate link from the page and replace with relevant one or link the page to relevant page on your site.
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    • Profile picture of the author businesslegions
      If I was to remove the link, can I still use the images and information if the affiliate advertiser asked for it to be removed?
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      • Profile picture of the author zoldusta
        Originally Posted by businesslegions View Post

        If I was to remove the link, can I still use the images and information if the affiliate advertiser asked for it to be removed?
        If i were you since he doesn't want his products to be promoted on your site you should clear everything.

        whatever niche you're you'll find thousands of offers to promote and you can get new promotional materials from them.

        And for sure if you get those images and content from his site, it means it's his copyright which you no longer have the right to use on your side.
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  • Profile picture of the author slomo
    Remove the affilate links and link to a similar page with another affilate product
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    • Profile picture of the author businesslegions
      Originally Posted by slomo View Post

      Remove the affilate links and link to a similar page with another affilate product
      I wish it was that easy. If it's an affiliate with 100's of products this will be too time consuming. Deleting the products was going to be the quickest option but then I'm pretty sure this will affect SEO because the pages were already indexed.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kevin Maguire
        Originally Posted by businesslegions View Post

        I wish it was that easy. If it's an affiliate with 100's of products this will be too time consuming. Deleting the products was going to be the quickest option but then I'm pretty sure this will affect SEO because the pages were already indexed.
        If anything, it would improve your rankings.

        1 less OBL (outbound link) per page.
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        • Profile picture of the author businesslegions
          So basically after reading everyone's feedback what I'm thinking of doing is the following:

          1. Check to see whether there's any product pages that receives considerable traffic. If there is then create a redirect to another page.
          2. Remove any product pages that doesn't receive any traffic at all.
          3. Then rebuild sitemap

          What does everyone think?
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  • Profile picture of the author businesslegions
    Does anyone know if there is a way to check if google has re-index the page and that it has been completely removed from their search results?
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by businesslegions View Post

      Does anyone know if there is a way to check if google has re-index the page and that it has been completely removed from their search results?
      Check the Google Cache (text version), either the link is there or it's not.
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