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affiliation program to get links
I want to create an affiliation program in order to increase links
tutomaky

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Msg#: 28568 posted 10:17 am on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi,

I want to create an affiliation program in order to increase the number of visits to my web site and moreover to get some more links.

I have seen some affiliation programs and all of them pass through the URL identification of the source web site.


My question would be:

Provided that Google makes the difference between www.example.com/index.asp?source=1 and www.domiain.com/index.asp?source=2 and of course, they are different from www.domiain.com/

If Google can make this difference it does not seem very useful to obtain links if these latest are pointing to different web sites when the source is different in each case.

Is anybody experienced in this matter or has ever implemented an affiliation program for his/her web?

Does anybody have an alternative to make an affiliation program which can also be used to get more links for the principal page of my web site?

Does google make any difference between www.example.com/#idaffiliate1 and www.example.com/#idaffiliate2 like with www.example.com/index.asp?source=1 and www.domiain.com/index.asp?source=2?

Thank you and best regards.

[edited by: ciml at 1:01 pm (utc) on Mar. 15, 2005]
[edit reason] Examplified [/edit]

 

mrMister

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Msg#: 28568 posted 1:43 pm on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

As long as you have a link to other areas of your site on each page (you want a link to the homepage at the very least), the pagerank will increase throughout the site.

GerBot

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 28568 posted 1:53 pm on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

tutomaky I think you've overlooked one very important question.
Why would anyone join your affiliate program?

Given that you in it for the links I can't imagine you will have the affiliate's interests in mind and will therefore have a weak offering.

contrary to popular belief in some circles affiliates are not going to com running to your site to sign up and the most savvy SEO affiliate (i.e. the ones with the links you really want) will no how to stop passing you credit if they wanted to.

mrMister

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Msg#: 28568 posted 1:57 pm on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

GerBot, if he gets one extra inbound link, it's better than none at all. You know nothing at all about his site, what makes you think his affiliate programme won't be a success?

xrtza

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Msg#: 28568 posted 1:59 pm on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

In my opinion the answer to your question is no you can't have it both ways. If you are able to get linking strength from affiliates it will kill your affiliate program. The best case senario for a successful affilliate program would be allowing your affiliates to rank. their success would be your success. I would assume your main objective is either traffic or sales. If each affiliate link produces unique content it is possible for the search engines to index them all. If you could design your site to display custom content which is unique for each affilliate then your affilliates have a chance of having their content rank. This gives your affiliates a real opportunity and you both win. Otherwise your affiliate links are seen as duplicate content which will not help you or your affiliates. You might also benefit more by helping your affiliates page rank by linking to them. In my opinion a successful affiliate program would be you helping them help you make more money. Allow your affiliates to succeed at making money for themselves will put more money in your pocket. At least that is my opinion.

mrMister

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Msg#: 28568 posted 2:07 pm on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

hehe xrtza, are you trying to say that duplicate content doesn't pass pagerank!

xrtza

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Msg#: 28568 posted 2:13 pm on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

mrMister
duplicate content may pass pagerank but may be a short-lived benefit which can come back to bite ya. But again just my opinion.

mrMister

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Msg#: 28568 posted 5:53 pm on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

The duplicate content penalty only affects duplicate pages. It has no effect on the original page. I can't see any harm in creating an affiliate programme.

tutomaky

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 28568 posted 6:38 pm on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks everybody for answering,

In my affiliation program im going to offer percentage of my sales.

So my problem is not the success of this project but the better way to do it at google's regard.

I would not like to duplicate pages to not being penaltied by google. And if the links of my affiliated go to [mysite.com...] , [mysite.com...] [mysite.com...] ....

I'm afraid i could be penaltied, and if it's possible i would like to get links to my homepage.

For this reason i would like to know if [mysite.com...] [mysite.com...] [mysite.com...] ... can be considered the same page or different pages. Is considered duplicated or not?

Thanks

mrMister

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 28568 posted 10:35 pm on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

I would not like to duplicate pages to not being penaltied by google. And if the links of my affiliated go to [mysite.com...] , [mysite.com...] [mysite.com...] ....

I'm afraid i could be penaltied, and if it's possible i would like to get links to my homepage.

I don't think you're understanding how the duplicate content penalty works.

Your site will not be penalised.

Some of the pages will be penalised.

I'll use your example (I'm assuming you already have an index.asp page that already exists and ranks in Google)

[example.com...] is an existing page and will not be penalised in any way by Google

[example.com...] will be a new page that Google sees as duplicate. It will be penalised

[example.com...] will be a new page that Google sees as duplicate. It will be penalised

[example.com...] will be a new page that Google sees as duplicate. It will be penalised

All of the new pages that Google sees will be regarded as being duplicates. However, there is no damage done as these new pages wouldn't have existed otherwise. The penalty only applies to these new pages and not the rest of your site. Your existing pages will not suffer any damage or drop in SERPS

However, each link still counts for pagerank and that pagerank will be passed throughout all of the non-penalised pages in your site.

You've no need to worry about penalising your site. Google will only penalise the affilate pages.

tutomaky

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 28568 posted 11:03 am on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks MrMister,

And what do you think about the second possibilitty?

If I use [mysite.com...] [mysite.com...] [mysite.com...] to get the Id of my users.

mrMister

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 28568 posted 11:16 am on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Interesting idea. If you can track it with your server code then I can't see any problems. However I don't know anything about Google's handling of the #.

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