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Google + Commission Junction =?

Will CJ cause any problem with Google?

     
3:03 pm on Apr 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Just being a bit too cautious here I'm sure, but does Google have anything against CJ links on a site? Could it cause any problems? Raise any kind of flags?

I'm not doing anything special here, just thinking of adding some reviews of products along with a few affiliate links to those products.

5:06 pm on Apr 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Don't think so Perfection but frankly, Commission Junction is c*$%
5:42 pm on Apr 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Care to elaborate?
5:47 pm on Apr 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This is the Google Search forum, folks. We're not here to start a complaint board for any business you are unhappy with, thanks

Recently there have been some observations to TOO many affiliate urls on a given page might create a problem with ranking. That's about all I've heard on the topic.

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tedster, does this apply to specific affiliate networks (for example, CJ) or does it apply to just any affiliate link period (Amazon, etc.)?
6:22 pm on Apr 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I've heard reps from all of the major SE's chime in on this, and the answers are for the most part just common sense.

The SE's don't like duplicate content. More specifically they don't want five of the top ten search results offering the same sorts of pages with essentially the same set of affiliate links (or very nearly the same). One can envision literally thousands of categories where this might be the case, even more so since the advent of easily managed aff feeds.

So, the SE's make every effort to identify pages that are unique and useful, however they do that. IF they see lots of pages from different sites that seem to share the same sets of affiliate links, and if the main point of those pages is only to offer up those affiliate links, then would anyone really expect the SE's to want to show all of those pages ranking high in the SERP's.

Only difference now versus several years ago, is that they've gotten increasingly good at weeding out those kinds of pages. When you look at if from the SE's point of view, it's not that surprising or complicated, really. ;-)

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No, I haven't really had any problems. At first I added too much code on my pages and the code made the pages heavy, and I don't think very Google friendly.

The most useful info I can give you is:

1. Don't put more code on a page than you have text.

2. Be as specific about the product as possible.

3. Build 1 page on your site that goes to the advertiser, and send all your links to this page. That way when the advertiser drops out of CJ you won't be stuck cleaning up a bunch of code.

For me, Google + Commission Junction = $$$

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Hmmm, so if I run a widget blog with both CJ links and adsense, I've got a messy decision to make:

Do I use affiliate links with CJ, knowing that Google will kick my page down in the serps but I might make up for it with a few $$$ from CJ, or do I forget the affiliate link and just link directly to the widget, hoping to make up any lost affiliate revenue from CJ with increased adsense revenue because of better SERP visibility?

Maybe a trial is in order... :)

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If you are using a blog, I don't know.

I used CJ because the Adsense ads were not relevant.

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How about putting your CJ link in a frame?
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If I were you, I would hide my cj links if possible. You can use redirect scripts to do it. Search engines, no matter what they might say, HATE affiliates.
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If I were you, I would hide my cj links if possible. You can use redirect scripts to do it. Search engines, no matter what they might say, HATE affiliates.

I haven't seen any evidence that Google hates affiliate links per se. Affiliate sites? Maybe, or maybe not. Boilerplate affiliate pages? Definitely. GoogleGuy made that very clear a while back with his comments about the need for affiliates to add value.

For what it's worth, I used to have CJ links on every page, and now I've got them on just a few pages, but I've never had any reason to believe that Google cared either way.

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EFV makes the cirtical point here.

100% Aff Links <-------------------------------- Slider Button -------------------------------> 100% Unique Content

The further the Slider Button is moved to the left, the less likely it is that the page/site will do well in the SERP's, with the usual caveats of course.

 

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