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I use three different affiliates on my site they all have 5 star ratings with customers they get great reviews..... I would like to use these attributes, should I advertise that I

Is your website one for reviewing affiliate programs, or are they add on links to your site which reviews something else? I am not sure it's necessary to say you are connected, BUT if your site is already one that rates/reviews affiliates, you'd essentially be repeating yourself (in a roundabout way). It's quite clear you're associated, at least to me~and it wouldn't turn me off ;-)

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I use three different affiliates on my site they all have 5 star ratings with customers they get great reviews..... I would like to use these attributes, should I advertise that I

Is your website one for reviewing affiliate programs, or are they add on links to your site which reviews something else? I am not sure it's necessary to say you are connected, BUT if your site is already one that rates/reviews affiliates, you'd essentially be repeating yourself (in a roundabout way). It's quite clear you're associated, at least to me~and it wouldn't turn me off ;-)

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Can I use no-follow on my affiliate links....is this ok to do....for two reasons... 1/ too not pass any unnecessary juice to the affiliate link... 2/ too hide the fact that my si

This is from Kyle. I asked him after reading your question and the answer below.
If you don't let Google follow any links on your site, they are going to think that you are doing something suspicious. I have always thought that "no follow" links site wide are only a negative KYLE WA Chat Answer To My Question (Below) about No Follow Links & Google's Preference. March 26, 2013Yeah, you could make your affiliate links no follow...some of them. However, you don't have to He added that he's Never used them.

Thank you very much for your help here Meredith...if Kyle does not use them then why should I thanks...

Always follow the big dog! I'm glad you asked the question because I was unsure too. Now we both know.

Always use nofollow on all affiliate links. This will not stop Google or any other search engine from seeing how many affiliate links you have on your site and, frankly, Google doesn't care how many affiliate links you have on your site.

The link juice is what Google doesn't like because it is not organic and based on popularity.

Google is not anti-affiliate as is popularly believed. What Google wants is to deliver the most popular results for any search term that is submitted to their search engines. It keeps the customers coming back.

So Google is against anything that artificially manipulates the results. As long as affiliates and their sites do not artificially manipulate the search results, they are happy. That is why Google appreciates nofollow tags on affiliate links.

i dunno, i've had sites with affiliate links all over the place not rank well, then when I've centralzed all the affiliate links and kept my blog posts free of them, just pointing to the central pages instead, the raknings have been much better. I definitely agree that Google isn't anti-affiliate, but they are anti-spam and a trait that spam sites all share is affiliate links all over the place.

So you say they should be used, I see Kyle would disagree, it does seem like it is settled that Google does like affiliate sites.....one says yes one says no...emmm interesting....?

Dom...I never use links in my posts at least at first maybe after some time goes by but not usually even then....I try to make the best use of my internal links though...

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Can I use no-follow on my affiliate links....is this ok to do....for two reasons... 1/ too not pass any unnecessary juice to the affiliate link... 2/ too hide the fact that my si

This is from Kyle. I asked him after reading your question and the answer below.
If you don't let Google follow any links on your site, they are going to think that you are doing something suspicious. I have always thought that "no follow" links site wide are only a negative KYLE WA Chat Answer To My Question (Below) about No Follow Links & Google's Preference. March 26, 2013Yeah, you could make your affiliate links no follow...some of them. However, you don't have to He added that he's Never used them.

Thank you very much for your help here Meredith...if Kyle does not use them then why should I thanks...

Always follow the big dog! I'm glad you asked the question because I was unsure too. Now we both know.

Always use nofollow on all affiliate links. This will not stop Google or any other search engine from seeing how many affiliate links you have on your site and, frankly, Google doesn't care how many affiliate links you have on your site.

The link juice is what Google doesn't like because it is not organic and based on popularity.

Google is not anti-affiliate as is popularly believed. What Google wants is to deliver the most popular results for any search term that is submitted to their search engines. It keeps the customers coming back.

So Google is against anything that artificially manipulates the results. As long as affiliates and their sites do not artificially manipulate the search results, they are happy. That is why Google appreciates nofollow tags on affiliate links.

i dunno, i've had sites with affiliate links all over the place not rank well, then when I've centralzed all the affiliate links and kept my blog posts free of them, just pointing to the central pages instead, the raknings have been much better. I definitely agree that Google isn't anti-affiliate, but they are anti-spam and a trait that spam sites all share is affiliate links all over the place.

So you say they should be used, I see Kyle would disagree, it does seem like it is settled that Google does like affiliate sites.....one says yes one says no...emmm interesting....?

Dom...I never use links in my posts at least at first maybe after some time goes by but not usually even then....I try to make the best use of my internal links though...

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Me again....scenario....100 products each individual product is linked to its own description page (on same site).... .one thing each product has in common is a manufacturing flaw

It is OK to link from your products to this one page where you explain the flaw, this is not an issue. If it makes sense and helps the user, chances are Google won't mind. It comes down to user experience, user efficiency, and navigation (and of course quality content). If you do this chances are the search engines won't mind at all.

good to know because I have linked many already.....I am now using different anchor test at times mixing it up a bit....but same page linked....and in general I link my articles to most anything on the site that it has some use for the reader to add something to their experience....or that is my intent any way....

linking internally to a home page and what not is actually a great thing to do. If and only if it makes sense. Take a reader for instance. Will he want to follow your links to dead end pages that are not relevant to what he's looking for? Or will he find that getting answers are like a scavenger hunt?

If you have an article that you link to your website, that's great. But if you have different pages within your website that you link to your main page or to a page that has relevant information about whatever follow-up is needed, then it'll do you a whole world of good. Not only for SEO reasons but also for the reader.

As long as its a quality "link-to" then I do not see an issue. In my own wordpress website i have several posts and pages that link back to the home page. It boosts its ranking for keywords and it makes it that much more relevant when you link it from a keyword. I have to thank a very special teacher to teach me that. @missionops.

I seem to have the same thoughts, as all linking must be relevant to what it is linking to...giving the user some useful information pertaining to the product in question...

And within the article itself I have external links for more detailed info if the user wants to go deeper into it.....again all relevant.....

Tony has also given me some sound advice, so if he has taught you this, I would take this as the way to do things...

I thought I was doing good and it was the right thing to do, but before I got to far with it I thought I would ask....I guess actually to confirm if my thoughts were right or not....

Thanks to all that have commented....

Unless some one comes up with another argument that this is wrong and there is another way to deal with it....I will consider my query answered....and confirmed...

Relevance is the key to linking and anchor text is important...

One thing I may do is change some of my anchor text on some pages...that may be a good idea...but in general I believe my efforts have been correct...

Thank you

Well, they always say, make a site for the user, not the search engines, so if you think it creates a better user experience, then go for it (I think). However, I can't say that I know either way.

Maybe mix up the anchor text a bit, but then you're doing it for the search engines, so that might be the wrong advice.

Agreed for the user not the engines, I agree if I can think of some other anchor text to use I will.....

It is just good to get confirmation on things that you do are right or not..... and I think I have gotten it here thanks Nathaniell

From what I have read I think 100 to a page is too many consider categorizing the flaw in some way and split up the links between pages. But I am no expert, so I will also follow the responses.

yes you can have to many links on one page and I think it is 100, but I do think as long as it is relevant to the topic of the page the link will be valid....

I am no expert neither that is why I like to get the confirmation as to what I am doing is the right thing and the class rooms will be good for this...

.as one confirms there actions...others can learn from them.....it's all good..

Very interesting question and I can not help you but am very interested in following the responses you get here.

Hey Shawn

I always thought I was doing it right, as it helps my visitor, as that is the key is it not...?

I do realize that having to many links on one page is not good.....I think external links...

This really confirms on what I thought about internal linking, relevance has to be the key here, and usefulness to the visitor....as long as the link has merit to the page....

Again it confirmed my thoughts on linking internally,does has some affect on SEO, (mot sure how much but some)....

Again unless someone has different thoughts on this.....I think we can say that internally linking and external linking must be relevant to the page it is linked to.....make good use of anchor text and kws......if possible,being,natural

As long it is relevant and useful it does not matter how many links has to one page...

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Can I Link the same page 100 times or more internally...?

Can I Link the same page 100 times or more internally...?

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Me again....scenario....100 products each individual product is linked to its own description page (on same site).... .one thing each product has in common is a manufacturing flaw

It is OK to link from your products to this one page where you explain the flaw, this is not an issue. If it makes sense and helps the user, chances are Google won't mind. It comes down to user experience, user efficiency, and navigation (and of course quality content). If you do this chances are the search engines won't mind at all.

good to know because I have linked many already.....I am now using different anchor test at times mixing it up a bit....but same page linked....and in general I link my articles to most anything on the site that it has some use for the reader to add something to their experience....or that is my intent any way....

linking internally to a home page and what not is actually a great thing to do. If and only if it makes sense. Take a reader for instance. Will he want to follow your links to dead end pages that are not relevant to what he's looking for? Or will he find that getting answers are like a scavenger hunt?

If you have an article that you link to your website, that's great. But if you have different pages within your website that you link to your main page or to a page that has relevant information about whatever follow-up is needed, then it'll do you a whole world of good. Not only for SEO reasons but also for the reader.

As long as its a quality "link-to" then I do not see an issue. In my own wordpress website i have several posts and pages that link back to the home page. It boosts its ranking for keywords and it makes it that much more relevant when you link it from a keyword. I have to thank a very special teacher to teach me that. @missionops.

I seem to have the same thoughts, as all linking must be relevant to what it is linking to...giving the user some useful information pertaining to the product in question...

And within the article itself I have external links for more detailed info if the user wants to go deeper into it.....again all relevant.....

Tony has also given me some sound advice, so if he has taught you this, I would take this as the way to do things...

I thought I was doing good and it was the right thing to do, but before I got to far with it I thought I would ask....I guess actually to confirm if my thoughts were right or not....

Thanks to all that have commented....

Unless some one comes up with another argument that this is wrong and there is another way to deal with it....I will consider my query answered....and confirmed...

Relevance is the key to linking and anchor text is important...

One thing I may do is change some of my anchor text on some pages...that may be a good idea...but in general I believe my efforts have been correct...

Thank you

Well, they always say, make a site for the user, not the search engines, so if you think it creates a better user experience, then go for it (I think). However, I can't say that I know either way.

Maybe mix up the anchor text a bit, but then you're doing it for the search engines, so that might be the wrong advice.

Agreed for the user not the engines, I agree if I can think of some other anchor text to use I will.....

It is just good to get confirmation on things that you do are right or not..... and I think I have gotten it here thanks Nathaniell

From what I have read I think 100 to a page is too many consider categorizing the flaw in some way and split up the links between pages. But I am no expert, so I will also follow the responses.

yes you can have to many links on one page and I think it is 100, but I do think as long as it is relevant to the topic of the page the link will be valid....

I am no expert neither that is why I like to get the confirmation as to what I am doing is the right thing and the class rooms will be good for this...

.as one confirms there actions...others can learn from them.....it's all good..

Very interesting question and I can not help you but am very interested in following the responses you get here.

Hey Shawn

I always thought I was doing it right, as it helps my visitor, as that is the key is it not...?

I do realize that having to many links on one page is not good.....I think external links...

This really confirms on what I thought about internal linking, relevance has to be the key here, and usefulness to the visitor....as long as the link has merit to the page....

Again it confirmed my thoughts on linking internally,does has some affect on SEO, (mot sure how much but some)....

Again unless someone has different thoughts on this.....I think we can say that internally linking and external linking must be relevant to the page it is linked to.....make good use of anchor text and kws......if possible,being,natural

As long it is relevant and useful it does not matter how many links has to one page...

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Navigation....I, in general think that my site can be navigated easily, of course I am biased and know where everything is.... Now mysite is still not finished (work in progress..

I don't know which site you were referring to so I took a look at the fishing site and her's my thoughts.


The "Getting Started" navigation goes to the "fishing line" page which could be confusing. I would just remove any linking on the Getting Started tag. Also maybe consider adding "breadcrumbing" (when on a page the top of the page shows - page you came from | current page you are on ) Another option would be to use navigation styling similar to the styling on your other site where "current page" is noted with the nav item being darker in color. One last thing, I would darken the text on the nav bar as it kind of blends in to the background a bit. Overall, I really like the site's style, color, and content so I hope I did not come off as being too negative.

No not at all, that is why I ask....what weight do you think navigation has in SEO...???

I have never heard nav mentioned in connection with SEO but I'm still learning. Maybe someone else has a comment on that.

I think it has something to do with SEO, I think it does anyway....if anyone wants to weigh in on this am I right or wrong...what or how does navigation help SEO...???

When Google is crawling the site it really helps to have easy in site navigation, which will help your ranking. Page to page links really help. Also a good idea to have a site map built.

Yes a sitemap....it is a good idea thanks Shawn...

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Navigation | What is good | What is bad | How does it help SEO...

Navigation | What is good | What is bad | How does it help SEO...

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Navigation....I, in general think that my site can be navigated easily, of course I am biased and know where everything is.... Now mysite is still not finished (work in progress..

I don't know which site you were referring to so I took a look at the fishing site and her's my thoughts.


The "Getting Started" navigation goes to the "fishing line" page which could be confusing. I would just remove any linking on the Getting Started tag. Also maybe consider adding "breadcrumbing" (when on a page the top of the page shows - page you came from | current page you are on ) Another option would be to use navigation styling similar to the styling on your other site where "current page" is noted with the nav item being darker in color. One last thing, I would darken the text on the nav bar as it kind of blends in to the background a bit. Overall, I really like the site's style, color, and content so I hope I did not come off as being too negative.

No not at all, that is why I ask....what weight do you think navigation has in SEO...???

I have never heard nav mentioned in connection with SEO but I'm still learning. Maybe someone else has a comment on that.

I think it has something to do with SEO, I think it does anyway....if anyone wants to weigh in on this am I right or wrong...what or how does navigation help SEO...???

When Google is crawling the site it really helps to have easy in site navigation, which will help your ranking. Page to page links really help. Also a good idea to have a site map built.

Yes a sitemap....it is a good idea thanks Shawn...

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