• Resolved Rik0399

    (@rik0399)


    Hi,

    Reading your blog about Amazon Affiliate links.

    You say to make sure they are uncloaked otherwise you get burned by Amazon?

    So what would be the point in using this plugin, not least to mention of course Google penalties for cloaking links in the first place?

    Hope you can clarify this for me as I run an affiliate site so worry that by implementing this plugin I will get hit not only by Amazon but also Google.

    Also, if I use ‘No Follow’ with this plugin, does that mean that google will not ‘see’ the link, if so, how doe that help me promote the link/offer if no-one can find/see it?

    Hope that makes sense 🙂

    Many Thanks

    • This topic was modified 6 months, 1 week ago by  Rik0399.
Viewing 2 replies - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)
  • Plugin Author jkohlbach

    (@jkohlbach)

    Hey @rik0399,

    Great questions!

    By using the uncloaker in ThirstyAffiliates for your Amazon links you still get full stats tracking, link categorisation, link management, etc. For example, if you need to change a link, you can do so in ThirstyAffiliates and not have to change it all over your blog. Without ThirstyAffiliates, you’d be making tons of work for yourself in that situation.

    Google doesn’t care about redirects.

    Link cloaking is a term that has very mixed meanings.

    The link cloaking that Google worries about and penalizes is to do with hiding the URL from the user so they don’t know what site they are on. ThirstyAffiliates does NOT do this (unlike some other “cloakers”).

    We are very careful about this to ensure that our link redirection system complies with Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.

    I hope this helps clarify and dispell some of the myths!

    For your question about no follow, no it doesn’t mean that google won’t see the link. Nofollow just means to instruct search engines that this link should not influence the link target’s ranking in the index.

    What you probably are wanting to do is assign a “noindex” to your links. You can do this under ThirstyAffiliates->Settings->General tab, then under Additional rel tags put noindex in there.

    As always, you are the one responsible for your site, so as with any tool don’t just take my word for it. I encourage you to test and measure it for yourself and your individual situation.

    @jkohlbach

    Thank you for a comprehensive response, most helpful.

    I take your point about changing links, I agree, most useful and would a ton of time!

    What you probably are wanting to do is assign a “noindex” to your links. You can do this under ThirstyAffiliates->Settings->General tab, then under Additional rel tags put noindex in there.

    Why would I do that > NoIndex?

    I guess I’m getting confused or worried about not being seen by goolge – I thought that buy allowing so ‘Yes’, would make google happy?

    Again, my thanks

Viewing 2 replies - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)
  • The topic ‘Amazon’ is closed to new replies.