I just watched a video on youtube on how to put in affiliate links, and they say to put "no follow" on the links. I learned that this will make search engines ignore it. So does that mean if I have "no follow" on my affiliate links, I won't be penalized even if have too many affiliate links?

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Triblu Premium
Hey Kent,

It won't be a matter of your being penalize, unless you mean that if you flood your site with nofollow affiliate links your site will rank really low. Penalized, I tend to think of being de-indexed.

When setting up a website, we need to be less greedy and more helpful.

Keeping that in mind, simply keep affiliate links to, say, your review page and a VERY few posts, and you should be okay ... providing you offer quality, unique content that others are looking for.
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MrKent Premium
Hey Trish,
I'm trying to find a good balance of content vs affiliate links, but I'm not sure what is considered too much. If 50% of my posts have affiliate links, is that okay? I'm also thinking 1 affiliate link per 500 words. That's just an average, sometimes a post may have 1500 words and 20 links (many products comparison chart), and sometimes it may have 1500 words and only 3 links. Does that sound alright?
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Triblu Premium
Personally, I think 50% is way too high. However, each person has their own opinion. If your website is strictly a means to earn money and NOT to help others than you may have a tough time earning anything. Again, this is my personal opinion.
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billyghawaii Premium
Hmmm that is interesting... especially if you have affiliate links intermingled on the same pages that you set up for ranking? Isn't that like defeating the purpose?

I'm thinking the no-follow applies to the URL completely. Perhaps there is another "no-follow" talked about here?
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MrKent Premium
It only applies to the link and not the URL. Perhaps you can read more about it here:

https://www.affiliatemarketertraining.com/no-follow-affiliate-links/

"Google doesn’t have a problem with sites containing product affiliate links, as long as there is plenty of useful content displayed along with those promotional links. However, if Google assumes your site is spammy and provides very little value to your visitors, your site will be penalized.

Adding a rel=”nofollow” attribute to an affiliate link offers a great way to avoid the potential of having your SEO efforts penalized. By leaving the link visible to search engines, but adding the appropriate attribute, search engines like Google should ignore the link for SEO purposes."
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