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 site has many affiliate links...also has more internal links...each product description page has two external links + ...my understanding that less affiliate links the better...??? resembling less of a affiliate site....????? Just wondering as I have come across some reading on this of late, bridge pages, rankings and the sort.... Can no-follow attributes be useful in this instance....thank you.... Tim
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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.
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Thank you very much for your help here Meredith...if Kyle does not use them then why should I thanks...
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Always follow the big dog! I'm glad you asked the question because I was unsure too. Now we both know.
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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.
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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.
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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....?
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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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