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...In general, when you're getting a free product (or service, etc) in exchange for a post, you need to make sure that the links there are nofollowed -- be it to the original product page, a sales page or affiliate link on a site like Amazon, or to their social media profiles. You don't need to nofollow everything on your blog, just the links that are involved in an exchange like this. Obviously, it's also good to disclose this kind of relationship to your readers too -- on the page I was looking at, you did that already, but others might not be doing that.Interesting that Amazon affiliate links are explicitly mentioned here.
Once you've cleaned up these kinds of outbound links by adding a nofollow where appropriate, feel free to submit a reconsideration request ( https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35843 [support.google.com] ) so that it can be reviewed by our webspam folks & so that they can remove this manual action on your site.
As a form of online marketing, some companies today will send bloggers free products to review or give away in return for a mention in a blogpost. Whether you’re the company supplying the product or the blogger writing the post, below are a few best practices to ensure that this content is both useful to users and compliant with Google Webmaster Guidelines.
Links that pass PageRank in exchange for goods or services are against Google guidelines on link schemes. Companies sometimes urge bloggers to link back to:
- the company’s site
- the company’s social media accounts
- an online merchant's page that sells the product
- a review service’s page featuring reviews of the product
- the company’s mobile app on an app store
when you're getting a free product (or service, etc) in exchange for a post, you need to make sure that the links there are nofollowed
...why don't they ### well just ignore the link?I think that a lot of sites are in the difficulties they're in now because, for several years, Google did just that... they ignored the spammy links unless they were egregious, and mostly there were no negative consequences.
To be blunt, a solution to algorithmic weaknesses is manual action + PR.No. That's wrong. If there are algorithmic weaknesses, it is because the people creating the algorithm just weren't good enough to design the algorithm to cope with the error condition.
If there are algorithmic weaknesses, it is because the people creating the algorithm just weren't good enough to design the algorithm to cope with the error condition.
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