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Nofollow ignored on affiliate sites?

   
7:01 pm on Aug 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member sgt_kickaxe is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member



As the weeks since Panda have gone by I've been noticing a distinctive shift in what dominates the serps in my corner of the web. Sites with affiliate programs for example in which many websites write about and link to the products are seeing those product pages float to the top of the serps, before they languished somewhere in the top 30 but not usually top 3.

One thing that would explain how some sites, like eBay, now dominate serps for many product keywords would be a sudden change in how nofollow is handled. If affiliate sites, or any site that links to another sites product pages, are passing value regardless of which method they use to stop rank flow it makes sense that the site being linked to would float to the top while the linking sites drop at least a little.

In my corner of the web where everyone seems to link to the product pages of the same two websites it would appear Google has suddenly lowered the rankings of the affiliates while strongly boosting the affiliate site. Since there has been no massive removal of redirects and nofollow on links it would appear that Google no longer listens to nofollow all the time.

I do NOT see this as a jab against affiliates although I do suspect that affiliates may no longer be able to say "I don't trust that site, nofollow! nofollow!" when google trusts the site already. My conclusion, and I reserve the right to change my mind, is that nofollow doesn't work against some sites and may not work at all anymore.
11:14 pm on Aug 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member planet13 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month



One thing that would explain how some sites, like eBay, now dominate serps for many product keywords would be a sudden change in how nofollow is handled.


Hi there, Sgt_KickAxe:

I think you may have posted a similar question a few weeks back about this (I apologize in advance if I am mistaken).

I think that even if no-follow were ignored for sites with high authority (ebay, amazon, etc.,) I think that google would still treat them as "affiliate" links and would hopefully not flow page rank through them.

But maybe those no-follow affiliate links are not (technically) part of Page Rank, but instead add to "authority," which in turn helps with ranking?
9:12 am on Aug 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Its an interesting idea, but I think it might be flawed because it assumes that the majority of aff links are no followed?
I think this will particularly be untrue for the big boys, such as amazon and ebay, because the generate links for joe average affiliate without a nofollow, and there are large numbers of those links out there.
IMHO :)
11:53 am on Aug 20, 2011 (gmt 0)



I was doing some research lately and saw a site rank better then me mostly on affiliatelinks. So I nofollow all my affiliate links and redirect them.
 

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