I'm looking to grow my businesses (as we all are). I thinking of becoming an affiliate vendor to have affiliates represent my product.
Doing my research I have learned 2 things:
1. Most affiliate programs boost sales 5-10%.
2. I see that many vendors complain about dramatic loss of rankings. I and they assume because of the affiliate links and some black hat techniques used by the affiliates representing them.
The thing that throws me is that I thought using a 3rd party affiliate management company would deflect me from this, but those people seem to complain about ranking issues too.
I can't see hurting my rankings for just a 5-10% bump.
Am I just asking for SEO trouble by starting an affiliate program?