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#418717 - 01/20/13 05:00 PM Google and framed monetizer content
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Some agents "monetize" their websites. Not a lot of them, but I've seen it.

My question is, how does G view competely off-topic (non-real estate) i-framed content such as an Amazon spread with merchandise on a real estate website? With links under the merchandise that clearly are "rover" links-- you know, with the account info for the "publisher" so he gets paid if there's a purchase?

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#418719 - 01/20/13 05:10 PM Re: Google and framed monetizer content [Re: DueDiligence]
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I have never really studied the matter but I suspect that having off topic affiliate ads would lower the site's relevance and thereby lower rankings.

Just from my own experience, affiliate links are a waste of space and I have never made a dime from an affiliate link. I personally would not do it as the risk is great and the reward is next to zero.
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#418727 - 01/20/13 09:15 PM Re: Google and framed monetizer content [Re: doug]
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Originally Posted By: doug
I have never really studied the matter but I suspect that having off topic affiliate ads would lower the site's relevance and thereby lower rankings.

Just from my own experience, affiliate links are a waste of space and I have never made a dime from an affiliate link. I personally would not do it as the risk is great and the reward is next to zero.


Thank you! I know that G dislikes affiliate links and hates affliate sites. An agent just did this, but not on the index page-- an interior page linked to the main nav bar. Then, if you click on one of the links on the interior page, it pulls up an in-line framed page with merchandise and all that.

So, essentially one would stay on his website until one clicks on some merchandise or link in the framed merchandise page.

I agree with you. Personally I wouldn't risk it for a couple of bucks, but wondered whether the i-frames thwarted G from knowing what you were doing.

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#418728 - 01/20/13 09:42 PM Re: Google and framed monetizer content [Re: DueDiligence]
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Google follows frames so they would associate the content with the site.
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#418777 - 01/21/13 09:35 PM Re: Google and framed monetizer content [Re: doug]
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Google follows frames so they would associate the content with the site.


I wasn't sure, thanks. Then, gosh, that's a horribly bad idea for that agent! That content is actually ON his site.

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#419191 - 01/28/13 07:49 AM Re: Google and framed monetizer content [Re: DueDiligence]
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Affiliates have long wondered whether Google is out to get them. In their updated guidelines Google has a whole page to discuss this and, yes, plenty of affiliate activity can get you in trouble.
Google “helpfully” suggests that a site about hiking in the Alps might want to consider an affiliate deal with a merchant that sells hiking boots. The interesting twist is that if Google feels the affiliate program is misaligned to the subject of the site then there may be problems.For example the hiking tips site had better stay clear of office supply merchants.

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