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Old 10th July 2011, 11:50 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Sanity Check View Post
I confess I wasn't previously aware of this issue, but I did a little quick research. Here's what Google has to say about Affiliate links:

http://www.google.com/support/webmas...n&answer=76465
"Google believes that pure affiliate websites do not provide additional value for web users, especially if they are part of a program that distributes its content to several hundred affiliates. Because a search result could return multiple sites, all with the same content, they create a frustrating user experience."
When you read it, you realize that all they're really saying is that they don't want duplicate content. So cloaking would not only be dangerous (because search engines hate deception), but it also would do nothing to address the issue. The way to address the issue is to make your content, your descriptions of the products and the surrounding text, as unique and different from the source as possible.
Yes, the content needs to be compelling and unique, we know that, don't we? I mean, what does that have to do with link cloaking? Do cloaked links lower the importance of the article/site?

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