- They “leak” link juice;
- They say, Google hates affiliate links because they show to Google that the site’s content is “second-hand”
So, we are running into the dilemma here: we want to monetize Google traffic and we don’t want to risk our reputation. Two main strategies to use are (note: to avoid link juice leak, the combination of these strategies can be used):
|rel=”nofollow”||<a href=”http: //affiliatesite.com/productID&yourtracking/” target=”_blank”>name</a>||People are still not sure how Google (as well as other search engines) treats nofollow attribute|
|Any type of redirection + Disallow directive in Robots.txt||<a href=”http: //yoursite.com/visit/nameoftheaffiliate/…”> name</a> + Disallow /visit/ directory in your Robots.txt file||Not really user-friendly: people might expect to go to the same-site page (but instead they are re-directed to another domain)|
How do you hide your affiliate links? Please share your opinion in the comments!