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How To Redirect Your Affiliate Links

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How To Redirect Your Affiliate Links


As I told you last week, Google judges the quality of your content
and if your site or content triggers a penalty – your site drops
from page 1 to page 3 or beyond. In other words, your site and content
becomes worthless in regards to getting very valuable targeted search
traffic from Google.

Now, while Google hasn’t come out and actually said they don’t like
affiliate sites… they definitely don’t like sites with too many
affiliate links and very little “value-added” content. I do believe
having too many affiliate links, especially above the fold or at the
top of your pages, will hurt your rankings post-panda.

As I also told you last week, by simply hiding or masking my affiliate
links on one site, I brought my Google rankings back from page 6 to
the top of page 2… not quite back to the first page where they were
pre-panda, but search traffic and sales have increased which is the
goal.

For years, most webmasters and affiliate marketers have been masking
or hiding their affiliate links. In the case above, I was using a
meta-refresh script which is a very bad move in the eyes of Google
because many browsers can’t read it and your pages turn up blank.
A site which shows a lot of blank pages is obviously not of the
best quality!

There are many ways to hide your affiliate links, as in my site above,
I used 302 redirects which doesn’t pass link juice. Since these are
affiliate links there’s no need to pass the PR pagerank juice to them.
Now if you want to pass link juice, you have to do a 301 (permanent)
redirect.

One very simple way to mask your affiliate links is to create
a php page or redirect.

For example, here is URL or link

http://yourdomain.com/recommends/affiliatelink.php

Now you would have a php page on your site which
would contain the following:

< ?php header( 'Location: http://affiliatelink1.com' ) ; ?>

For example, if you had an affiliate link for hp laptops
then you would have a page entitled hplaptops.php and your
affiliate link would be placed in the ‘Location:’ in that
short script. Where ever you want to place that link on
your page you would have to use:

http://yourdomain.com/recommends/hplaptops.php

Now, if you’re like me and have hundreds or even thousands of
affiliate links on a site. Creating a php file or page
for each link can be time-comsumming and a real hassle.

I did some searching on the web and I found a free script
which saves a lot of time because you have all your affiliate
links on the one page. This script is from www.stevedawson.com
and you can find it below:

http://www.stevedawson.com/articles.php

There are many other versions of this “array” type script for masking
your affiliate links but this one works for me and it’s free. One major
benefit, if one of your affiliate links becomes outdated or is changed…
you just have to make one change on this page to fix the problem, instead
of manually changing hundreds of links on countless pages on your site,
been there, done that.

Now one final note, many SEO experts say you should stop Google from
indexing these affiliate links. While it doesn’t completely block Google
from indexing them, if they find the same links elsewhere on the web.

It will help to insert this into your Robots.txt file.

User-agent: *

Disallow: /jump.php/

This will stop the Google and the search engines not to index the
page containing all your affiliate links. Keep in mind, this page where
you keep all your affiliate links can be named anything, like ‘recommends’,
‘go’ or even ‘links’.


Helping People Succeed Online Since 2002!

Kind Regards,
+Titus Hoskins

www.bizwaremagic.com

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Pinterest, Images And Getting More Traffic



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Pinterest, Images And Getting More Traffic


I must make a confession, while I have been using images to
get targeted traffic for years, until a little while ago I had
never heard of Pinterest.com! As I said before, I am not that
much of a social media person, but that hasn’t stopped me from
taking full advantage of Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Linkedin…
when it comes to promoting my sites.

Have you heard of Pinterest?

It’s a very simple concept – an online bulletinboard where people
pin their pictures. Pinterest users can share and re-pin images that
they like and you can also follow other pinners.

Pinterest has only been around for two years but is slated to
be the break-out social media site for 2012.

According to Bizreport, Pinterest delivers almost as
much referral traffic as Twitter and Google.

According to Hitwise, Pinterest is one of the top 5 social networks
on the web. In an article, Huffingtonpost states that Pinterest hit 10 million
monthly views faster than any other site in history. But what really
caught my eye, were two important facts concerning traffic…

– Pinterest delivers more referral traffic than Google+, YouTube
and Linkedin Combined

– Pinterest users stay on the image site longer than Facebook users

On average, Pinterest users spend 15.8 minutes sharing images, while
Facebook comes in at around 12.1 minutes. This metric is important
because, where Internet users spend most of their Internet day is
vital to advertisers and the amount of traffic you get.



Pinterest





Another important feature which caught my attention – you can link
your images directly to your site or URL. This is extremely vital
for getting traffic and exposure for your products or services.
You can also tag or keyword your images which is needed for
full SEO benefit.

Furthermore, you can also pin your videos on the site, which
really makes Pinterest something you should be interested in,
pardon the pun.

Being a former professional artist (albeit a poor one), I am extremely
interested in using Pinterest to full advantage. Over the years, images
have been a great source of traffic for me, especially from “image search”
on the major search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo.

Some webmasters and online marketers ignore the importance of images
in their promotions. Don’t! These images can be a great source of
traffic for your site or sites.

Only downer I can see, you have to put your name on the waiting
list before you can get an invite from Pinterest. Currently, from
what I can gather, the waiting time is around one week.

But the sooner you’re on that waiting list, the sooner you
can be pinning images and getting all that free traffic.


www.pinterest.com



Helping People Succeed Online Since 2002!

Kind Regards,
+Titus Hoskins

www.bizwaremagic.com

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