Affiliate Links: Hide Them to Improve your SEO

Steven4 responsesSEO

You may be using affiliate promotion to advertise some products on your blog. If you are not, you definitely should check the Affiliate Networks listed in my sidebar to find some great opportunities to make money from your blog. Unfortunately, due to some abuse performed by affiliates, Google and other search engines don’t really like sites who are promoting affiliate offers. Hence the need to hide your affiliate links to improve your WordPress SEO.

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The problem came from some affiliates who are building websites filled with affiliate links. And the purpose of these website is only to get the commission, but it doesn’t bring any additional value to the web surfer. Due to these websites, affiliates tend to have a bad reputation. However, there is some huge money to be made through affiliate marketing.

Moreover, people tend to become suspicious when they see an affiliate link because they suspect your opinion will be biased by the commission you will receive if you make a sale. So you probably prefer if it’s less obvious.

I am currently using 2 ways to hide my affiliate links. I have already developed the first possibility in a previous post called “Free WordPress Plugin to have nice clean Urls Redirects”. This allows you to keep all your link redirection in a single place.

For some reason, I also like to handle manually some of my redirects. To do that, I created a folder named /go/ in the root folder of my blog. Then for each new affiliate link, I create a PHP file in which I paste this code:

<html>
<head>
<title>Affiliate 1</title>
<meta name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow">
<script>window.location="http://www.affiliate-site.com/link";</script>
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="1; url=http://www.affiliate-site.com/link">
</head>
<body>
<p align="center">You are being taken to another website.
<br>If the page does load after 5 seconds,
<a href="http://www.affiliate-site.com/link">click here</a>.</p>
</body>
</html>

Of course, you should update Affiliate 1 with the destination name (it will be visible to your visitor) and http://www.affiliate-site.com/link with your affiliate link. Once the file is updated, save it with a relevant name. Then, whenever you want to link to Affiliate 1 website, I would link to http://dukeo.com/go/filename.php.

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4 Comments

  1. Affiliate Manager

    I suggest you take a look at the Pretty Link plugin. It does all that and includes statistics.

    1. I’m already using a plugin called “WordPress Redirect” which works perfectly but for a few things I just don’t want to use a plugin.

  2. Damian

    I agree that it’s best to avoid adding additional plugins to your WordPress site, but the Ninja Affiliate plugin by MaxBlogPress has incredible functionality and it has more than paid for itself in just a short amount of time.

    For me, the Ninja plugin actually encourages me to add affiliate links when I’m feeling lazy because it’s just so easy and effective. I had a hard time believing the hype about Ninja Affiliate when it was first released, but I have been tremendously impressed.

    1. I generally try to keep my WordPress plugin count as low as possible because it can pile up pretty fast and use additional server resources. I might give a try to this Ninja Affiliate plugin when I get the time.

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