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Can my Amazon product links affect my Google rankings?

3:36 pm on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hello all,

What is the general opinion on if amazon product links affect the keyword rankings for individual pages.

I have begun to add amazon product links to review articles I have and getting decent addition onto eCPM overall averages.

My concern is this will bleed out my rankings. Short term I have seen no detriment.

I'd love any and all opinions on this. If you have personal experience with this or similar outgoing product links that would be great info.

Thanks in advance!

9:12 pm on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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From what I've read, most SEO experts believe that moderate outlinking to authority sites is beneficial to your rankings. I've been doing it on my sites for several years with no apparent harm, and possibly some benefit. I think it may help even more if you can use your page's targeted keywords in the anchor text of the outlinks.

On the other hand, excessive outlinking could theoretically bleed out so much PR that it could do harm, so you shouldn't overdo it. One way to minimize this bleed is to make sure that the page includes a lot of internal links to other pages on your own site.

9:37 pm on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Most Amazon links are in iframes, so see this discussion:


However, on general principles I'd advise you to consider diversifying your advertisers rather than just going for Amazon. This is because the retail behemoth may end up outranking you for a lot of your topics. There's no harm in reminding people that there are other retailers out there.