Hey WA-ers;

I'm looking for info/opinions.
Are rel="nofollow" links a good idea for affiliate links?
I'm not referring to making pages "no follow" in AIOSEO, but rather the actual affiliate links within a post. (I see that gets confused sometimes.)

Thanks,
Stella

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JeannineC Premium
Depends on the network. I can tell you that for links from the Awin.com affiliate network (I work there) our links by default are no follow, so adding that could either be redundant or make them not work. Check on each network first.
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Stella2 Premium
Thanks for the heads up, Jeannine!
That's a great tip. :-)
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Stella2 Premium
After playing around with it, I think Amazon Associates is set up that way, too.
In any case, I'm pretty sure Google would treat their affiliate links as "nofollow."
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Triblu Premium
Hey Stella,

There are tutorials available here at WA that explain nofollow links. See screen print below to see how you can access them.

Hope this helps you.
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Stella2 Premium
Thanks for your response, Trish!

Yes, I looked at most of those. I know how to do it, but I was reading a variety of opinions away from WA and wondered about the thoughts on it within this platform.
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ElaineSmith1 Premium
You have some good advice below.

Tried and True

Elaine
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Stella2 Premium
Thanks, Elaine!
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judebanks Premium
Google search bots recognize most common affiliate link formats, so they automatically no follow them. But the general consensus is that it is safer to nofollow affiliate links, especially if you have many links on one page.

We write content for our readers, not for the search engines. As long as there is value in the content, there's nothing to be concerned about even if we forget to add the rel=nofollow tag.

~Jude
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Stella2 Premium
Thanks for your response, Jude!

Yes, I saw a video where Matt Cutts says basically that point. I have some posts with a fair number of affiliate links, so I was curious about the opinions here.
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Kettei Premium
Yes, you should add nofollow to your affiliate links.
This reduces the chance that you'll be penalized for a spammy page by Google (apparently).

There's some excellent information in this external article:

https://www.affiliatemarketertraining.com/no-follow-affiliate-links/
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Stella2 Premium
Thanks for the link!
Yes, it gives an interesting perspective. I read a couple of others like that yesterday that were on the pro side.
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Kettei Premium
Google themselves admit that they 'usually' detect affiliate links and treat them as nofollow but they also say there's no harm in explicitly adding the rel attribute in case they get it wrong.
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Stella2 Premium
Yes, thanks, Phil. I saw a video where Matt Cutts says that. I think I am going to do it because it doesn't seem like it will hurt, and it might help on posts where I have several affiliate links.
Thanks for your help. :-)
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Kettei Premium
You're most welcome. :)
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