How to Build an Affiliate Website Google Doesn’t Hate

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In over a decade of working on websites I’ve see a lot of affiliate websites. Some were good but a lot were very bad. In this post, I’ll share my experiences about what I think Google is looking for and the common traits of things I’ve seen fail.

10 Commandments of Affiliate Web Design

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This is a guest post by Gab Goldenberg, author of the advanced SEO book. Get a free chapter on link building here and check out his book affiliate program – the site boasts a 5.5% conversion rate to sale! Affiliate web design is not only unique because it’s purpose is to generate conversions – in contrast to providing an outlet … [Continue reading 10 Commandments of Affiliate Web Design]

How to Mask Affiliate Links

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How to mask affiliate links is one of the most common questions new affiliates often ask. In this post, we will take a look at the hows and whys of why you should mask affiliate links and how to do it effectively, with an eye towards maintaining long term low maintenance.

Eclipse Link Cloaker Review

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In the past I’ve written about Why I think Affiliates should Cloak Their Links from search engines. I’ve even spoken a few times about how to do it and recommended plugins like GoCodes to help you get from here to there. GoCodes is fine if you aren’t running through a ton of links, or if you use the same links frequently. However … [Continue reading Eclipse Link Cloaker Review]

Can Google Detect an Affiliate Website

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One of the questions that often comes up is does Google hate affiliate websites, and are they penalized in the algorithm?

Why Google HQ Loves Thin Affiliates

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Despite what you may have read, Google secretly has a love affair with thin affiliates. Like a techie and Gizmodo, Google can’t get enough of affiliate marketers who build sites with no value add. If Google has its own internal Twitter, Eric Schmidt would tweet, “I heart affs who rely on search to power their business model.” Why?

The Affiliate Marketing Newbie’s Guide To Finding Niches

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When I started out in internet marketing, I browsed around various lists of high paying keywords as well as some arbitrary lists that veterans just decided to share [without explanations] on their blogs.

Cloaking Affiliate Links, How and Why

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Today’s topic is one that gets asked about pretty regularly, should I cloak my affiliate links to search engines, why or why not, and what are some of the best ways to do it.

How TED Helped Me Understand Personalized Search

Long time readers here will know that I’m not a big fan of Google’s personalized search. However late last week I watched a TED talk and had a zen moment of clarity, and finally got personalized search. More interestingly I got it within the first 2 minutes of the presentation (shown after the jimp)

Azoogle 2.0 Interface

Sorry I’m totally not liking the new Azoogle 2.0 interface. Eye candy for the sake of eye candy. Much slower IMHO. Links aren’t underlined by default, so I have to guess where to put my mouse and hope it’s a link. I get some bizarre firefox warning error message when I try to copy the link. Putting a value in … [Continue reading Azoogle 2.0 Interface]

SEO for Product Reviews, Part II

In SEO for Product Reviews, Part I we talked about how ignoring or not addressing “keyword review” or “keyword reviews” leaves your company or product in a vulnerable position. However since I’m trying to be more positive in this post I’d like to talk about some SEO strategies for reviews.

SEO for Product Reviews, Part I

If you do any SEO work on branded or named products or services, hopefully you’re already optimizing for “keyword review” or “keyword reviews”. Not only is it good because people actually search for those phrases, but it’s an effective strategy for getting better placement in Google. However before we get into any tactics, I think it’s an important to show … [Continue reading SEO for Product Reviews, Part I]