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The reason I do this is actually to make the site more user friendly (the user sees the destination site instead of the affiliate jarble) but I feel google may not have taken well to it and consequently banned me. Do you feel my concern hold any weight or could it be something else that got me banned?
A pop-up tooltip of this kind can be all that's needed, users who see this will often not bother looking at the status bar.
Just a lateral thought.....
I should note Google masks the destination in their adwords program. They preceed the mask with the words "go to." The status bar shows "go to webmasterworld.com" rather than just "webmasterworld.com". I guess the words "go to" are enough to clue the user into the redirect.
I really have NO IDEA why i got dropped then. I really hadnt done anything to the site for a while (except add adsense) and I just got dropped outta nowhere. If anyone wants to look at my site and give me an idea of where to look, it can be found in my profile. Thanks in advance.
By the way, I like your site. You might want to preload those rollover images in the menu on the left so as to get the effect immediately.
I hold good position on MSN and OK position on others such as yahoo.
What would be the best way to preload the images. Can I just put a 1x1 size of the images somewhere on each page so it loads it but is small enough not to be visible?
Also, this does not explain why I WAS listed on google with good position (as high as 9 even though i had no PR), and now I am not. Nothing changed in terms of backlinks. I still have the same backlinks as before.
If you want to see my backlinks go to alltheweb.com and type in links:www.mysite.net
Also, this does not explain why I WAS listed on google with good position (as high as 9 even though i had no PR), and now I am not.
I know this doesn't explain "why" that is why I suggested contacting Google. It is very unlikley anyone here will know the answer. You will probably just end up confusing the issue further.
Never worry about who links to you, the more the better, only be careful with *who you link to*.
If you want to rank well, ignoring on-page factors, you must have back links that that compare reasonably favourably (numbers/quality (PR)/anchor text) to your competitors.