SEO for Affiliate sites?

pathfinder

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Hi there,
Are there any ways to do search engine optimization for affiliate sites google doesn't hate?
any tips?
 

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Hi Pathfinder,

I wouldn't go so far as to say G hates affiliate sites... Its just that many affiliate sites are spammy, thin content or that the owners are attempting to game it on the serps with backlinks etc.. with efforts to make money online... Hence they tend to get hit with G's algo penalties more often with getting caught out... Hence its easy to see why this view is popular...

As long as you provide great, helpful content and keep under the radar with gaming the serps then you'll be okay... such as keeping your backlinking profile and velocity to be organic... Its all about minimizing your footprints with preventing G's algo from detecting or crossing certain thresholds which triggers an algorithmic penalty...

So with that in mind its the same SEO for affiliate sites as for all other sites.. Focus with on page SEO (titles, descriptions, headers, alt text, keywords etc) as well as off-page with link building based on authority sites (and not easy to get links from spammy sites etc) as well as social signals.... and above all keep your footprints minimized when gaming the serps!

I hope that helps!

Cheers,

Sid
 

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It's funny, when I first started this journey, I asked that same question to one of my mentors and they laughed at me. I guess for some reason when we are noobs we all think that there is something G doesn't like about affiliate sites.

Which can be somewhat true, which is why it is important that you use nofollow tags on all of your aff links.

Other then that Google would look at it as a regular site and judge it accordingly. For me affiliate sites are churn and burners. You get your money while you can.
 

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Fundamental Post Panda / Penguin Onsite and Offsite Tactics + Traffic Generation Techniques + Other Tips

Pathfinder,

Heads Up = Long Post! :D

Here are some fundamental post Panda / Penguin onsite and offsite SEO tips...

1. Separate your target exact match keywords with significant local (your target country/ies) and global monthly Google searches into two lists -- First list is for primary keywords that you'll be building your onsite content with, and for keyword anchors of outbound links that point to relevant internal pages and to external pages under authority sites. Second list is for secondary keywords that you'll build your offsite content and inbound link anchors around...

2. Build longer, more in-depth onsite content. Provide more diverse content around your primary keywords, such as written materials, videos, written content with images and combinations of these content types in a page. Follow standard keyword placement strategies...

3. Use your primary and secondary keywords in Google, in order to create a diverse list of authority sites and top ranking inner pages, which should of course be directly and laterally relevant to your niche, and of course to your target audience (so you can benefit from traffic funneling results of your backlink building campaigns). NOTE: By "diverse", these can be say 70% to 80% dofollow and 20% to 30% nofollow sites, blogs, Web forums and social networks among others...

4. Go to the MOZ Open Site Explorer and run each URL of the inner pages and homepages of the sites that you found. Take note of the DA (domain authority) and PA (page authority) of those inner pages and homepages...

5. Try to place backlinks in the inner pages and homepages of those sites. Use your secondary keywords as anchors of those backlinks. Use 60% generic keywords, 25% branded keywords and 15% commercial keywords for those anchors. Diversify your backlink placement campaigns into say 70% to 80% of sites with significantly high DA / PA and 20% to 30% of sites with lower to mid DA / PA. Diversify the landing pages of your backlinks -- Say 60% for your homepage and 40% for your inner pages...

TIP: By regularly participating and initiating relevant discussions, if possible, in those pages and sites -- You can drop backlinks in your content contributions (when allowed and when it's non-spammy to do so), funnel targeted traffic from those pages and sites to your inner pages and homepage, and build yourself as a familiar name in those online places, which will significantly improve the responsiveness of the admins / owners / Webmasters of those sites when you contact them and introduce yourself and try to strike mutually beneficial (sell them the idea) guest posting arrangements, content syndication agreements, ad banner / advert / text link / mailing list ad placement deals...

Here are some additional reminders:

• If you create your own videos, then keep in mind to create a Youtube channel and sign up as a Youtube Partner -- Earn ad revenues from your videos in Youtube and from your onsite and offsite video embeds and shares, even if others share and embed your videos in their own sites and social networks...

• Find popular / trending / viral / top viewed Youtube videos that are relevant to your niche and to your target audience -- Take note of the tags that are used in those videos. Use those tags in your own videos. This could increase the chance of your videos to be listed in the related video sidebar of those videos, which will funnel that traffic to your own videos...

• If you don't usually want to create videos, then you can sign up in the Dailymotion Publisher network -- This'd allow you to search for relevant videos in their database (Dailymotion says they currently have 2.5M videos in their database) that you can embed in your onsite posts. Since these video embeds will have your syndication key -- You can earn from ad revenues generated by these video embeds. Also, as long as your syndication key's in the code of these video embeds -- You can still earn ad revenues from these videos even if you or others share and embed 'em elsewhere (your other sites, social networks, sites of others, social networks of others, etc.)... :)

• When you embed videos in your onsite posts -- It's best to add new written content and images to the post. This'd allow your post to be picked up by Google and Bing for LSI keywords that aren't in your primary and secondary keyword lists...

• When you embed images in your onsite posts -- Of course it's best to provide alt text (especially for blind users like myself). Use your primary keywords for these alt text entries, keeping in mind to diversify your primary keyword usage into 60% generic, 25% branded and 15% commercial...

• Better to have an attention-grabbing, enticing and compelling opt-in offer with an equally attention-grabbing, enticing and compelling copy that your viewers would drool over and won't think twice to hand over their names and emails in exchange for your opt-in offer -- This'd allow you to build a list of targeted warm traffic on demand...

• Create a Facebook page and post your opt-in copy (a video version of your opt-in copy would be best) with a compelling call to action message that has a link pointing to your opt-in offer, as a pinned to top post in your Facebook page. Share your Youtube videos and onsite posts in your Facebook page...

• Look at your options for distributing press releases -- This can generate good backlinks and, more importantly, bursts of targeted traffic. If you have a suitable opt-in offer, then you can find creative angles to write press releases that actually look like, well, press releases... :)

• Also, by promoting your opt-in offer onsite, and your affiliate offers at the backend through follow-up emails and broadcast emails -- You can focus on building a more content-rich site... :)

• I have tips for using good PBNs and implementing viral social traffic generation campaigns in mind, but I've already written 800++ words here, so 'til next time, perhaps. Best of luck with your campaigns! :)
 
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Re: Post Title Icon

Eric,

Thanks for the heads up! :) My bad. I'm completely blind, and the alt text of the icon said it was a "Thumbs Up" icon. Anyway, I'll just edit my post and change it to a "Smile" icon. Cheers! :)
 
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Use Youtube Videos To Drive Traffic To Your Sales Page!

1. Use High Targeted Keywords In Your Video Headline
And The Video Description Following the Sales Page URL

2. Search Your Principal Keyword in Youtube, And After Click In The Most Viewed Video, And Create a Response Including Your Sales Page Link!

Good Sales For u Guy :)
 
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