Google and Pretty Links

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I am developing a new site. However, I have a question about the latest wisdom on using link cloaking in sites. My new site is a women's fashion site where I am posting Top 10 Product articles. Within these articles, I want to make the product images be clickable with affiliate links created using Pretty Link plugin.

So, this leads to 2 questions:

1) Is there any problem with having up to 10 affiliate links on a page/post?

2) Does Google interpret link cloaking as a deceptive spammy practice intended to mislead the site visitor?

Look forward to your response


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Explanation & Answer

Question 1)
No, that's okay. As long as you have enough content and they are relevant to your affiliate stuff.

Questions 2)
Yes Google does. As they said in their terms and policy, "Link cloaking is considered a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines because it provides our users with different results than they expected."
However, there is a way to stop Google from detecting this by using robots.txt
You can follow this tutorial:

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