Based on a few of your responses in this thread, I am a little worried on changing my content and adding banners to certain sections where I have affiliates listed.
I am currently going through allot of restructuring on one of my sites, that previously suffered from -50 but recovered with a recon. I am extra cautions on all the changes I make now, you never know what can trigger a penalty these days.
1) I have found that several of my pages where I compare top websites have a little bit of keyword stuffing, old techniques I used 3-4 years ago, that I have not changed. I would not actually call it stuffing but I did repeat my keywords several times. I want to correct all this and re-write allot of the content on the pages, I need to update the content, it is outdated but I am paranoid on changes now. Should I go ahead with this and update my content and eliminate the stuffing? Or leave it as is just to be safe an avoid penalty. I cannot go on being scared of getting a penalty for changing the content on a page, that's how paranoid I am.
2) Where I have my website/product review pages, I want to incorporate banners on my blog and forum that links over to them, but am now wondering if this to can be considered page rank sculpting? Should I use no=follow to my own internal page? Or should I just link directly to the affiliate from my blog/forum with a no-follow?
Before my blog and forum did not have much traffic, but now it accounts for 50% of my traffic. It has no banners to the products and websites I review, so this is why I want to add them to link internally but am not sure how and what risks there are? For example. I would have a banner on www.mysite.com/forum/ that links over to www.mysite.com/compare_this_product.html
Sorry for the rant, hope anyone can provide some insight? I will forever be at your gratitude