This is the offer I recently received and I need your help to determine if it's a deal or something I should stay away from.
- The Offer -
Place a graphic on the main page of my site that points to a landing page (also on my site) that then links to affiliate site.
A link in my navigation that points to a landing page (also on my site) that then links to the affiliate site.
A text link ad on a large number of pages that goes directly to the affiliate site.
I have not seen the contract yet, but it is a month to month and the affiliate/advertiser will pay the $5,000 monthly fee in advance.
The affiliate/advertiser's site is not a fly by night operation and has been around for some time.
- A little about my site -
My site has a good amount of traffic. I only use adsense and have never participated in anything else other than adsense or ypn type programs (no selling of links, link exchanges, etc). Any outgoing links are those I found would help my visitors and I'm selective on those links.
- Ramifications -
What are the ramifications of accepting such an offer? Am I being taken for a ride? Here is what I imagine could happen:
A large increase in outbound links added to my site.
Less adsense revenue, not only on the pages that have their link, but because my CTR may drop, I may be smart priced, right?
Decrease in ranking as outbound links increase.
My site turns into a portal for the affiliate.
Perhaps Google would see the site I'm mass linking to as more important than mine? (place them higher?)
I've worked very hard to make the site what it is today and I hate to think that I could damage it by not seeing something I should (sometimes money blinds us).
What would you do? What are your thoughts? What am I missing or am I being overly protective?