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

George

Nov 30th, -0001
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:
http://yoast.com/cloak-affiliate-links/
Jun 13th, 2013

Please let me know if you need anything.

Jun 13th, 2013

Thanks for the prompt response Henry.

So, what is considered to be "enough content" to justify 10 affiliate links. I plan on blending purely "no link" informational articles with affiliate link 100% unique content Top 10 type articles. I would think readers would expect and appreciate having links to the products mentioned and reviewed in the topical Top 10 articles, right? So, why would Google object to 100% unique content all around with maybe half of the articles having affiliate links (Pretty Link cloaked) within those articles?

I read that Google will be releasing a marketplace algorithm update soon too, and that update may push out many affiliate sites in favor of "authority" merchants. This may cause ranking drops for many affiliates. 

I mean I am literally just starting this women's fashion site from scratch and already have to worry about being slapped by an upcoming "marketplace" penalty? As far as site promotion, I will not be doing any of the pre-Penguin low-quality linking (forum, blog, social bookmark), only white-hat social media promotion and a press release or two. I'm trying to build a brand not a thin affiliate site. But, if the mere presence of affiliate links gets a site slapped, why even bother building one? I'm trying to do the right thing here but still need affiliate links to have the site even just pay for itself and my time. 

What is considered an acceptable percentage of affiliate links for what amount of content?

Jun 13th, 2013

Hey, you are very welcomed. Do you mind show me one of your page? It's hard to say without actually seeing the page.

Jun 13th, 2013

All in all, there are just 2 things you have to do: 

1. Blocked all affiliate links from being crawled? e.g. /go/affurl   - block  /go/ in robots.txt.

2. Make sure you have enough text in your webpage. And you are fine. 

Jun 13th, 2013

Hi Henry,

Once again, thanks very much for your support. I'll answer your questions below.

RE: Do you mind show me one of your page?

I have setup the theme, framework, and all social media accounts for this website/brand with base level activity started on the social media side (adding friends, posting, graphics).

RE: Make sure you have enough text in your webpage.

I'm trying to get some quantification on this factor. How many words of unique content does it take to justify having 10 affiliates links on a Top 10 product post?

Thanks Again!

George



Jun 14th, 2013

I have my fashion writer deliver 3 500-word articles which I am preparing to post. I want to be judicious in structuring these articles properly so as not to violate any of Google's rules which explains this post I started here.

Jun 14th, 2013

3500 words in enough for 10 affiliate links. Are all your affiliate links about fashion? If so, that's good enough. Just make sure you use robots.txt to block google from indexing those affiliate links then ur good. (I give you the way to use tobots.txt above)

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