As most of you know Google actively puts the screws to sites/pages with affiliate offers. It makes sense to do since only the original offer needs to be displayed in serps and not 50,000+ other pages from the webmasters who promote that offer on their personal sites.
On November 1st Google saw fit to send me tips on improving my income, thank you, but the tip was to load up my site with affiliate offers. The following line irks me.
Referrals is a feature of AdSense that allows you to increase your revenue while increasing your users' awareness of a wide range of products and services.
I hate this type of message from Google because it's quite frankly two-faced. If I add deals from sites other than Google I run the real risk of being punished for doing so by Google in the form of lowered page/site rankings.
Has anything changed? Can I take the Nov 1st message to mean that Google is letting up on the issue or is it yet another request to promote Google only? With smart pricing seemingly increasing and with AdWords mysteriously impacting AdSense revenue I'm one step nearer to trying another network after reading the Nov 1st "tips".
edit: (or perhaps just turning adsense revenue into a YPN campaign)
[edited by: JS_Harris at 2:59 am (utc) on Nov. 5, 2007]
Koan, I don't think you're correct on that. I believe G records 'no-follows', it just doesn't index them as links. In other words, an affiliate is noted. I think there is a thread explaining this somewhere on the board.
But if you use affiliate content to build a web site or pages, it is natural that their engine would consider it of no value to their users.