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To Google, affiliate links such as qksrv.net, bfast.com and myaffiliateprogram.com - on page or in redirects - "strongly suggest" that site is a thin affiliate.
Are you using an affiliate datafeed? To Google, that's another warning sign.
However, if you offer a comparison of prices between different online merchants, you're OK, you're not a thin affiliate.
Google provides an incredibly tough guideline, which hundreds of thousands of affiliate sites fail to meet.
"Do not call a page affiliate spam when an affiliation is only incidental to message and purpose of a website. To determine whether participation in affiliate programs is central or incidental to site's existence, ask yourself this question: Would this site remain a coherent whole if pages leading to affiliate (merchant) were taken away?"
That probably counts out most affiliate sites.
In summary, if you want to be friends with Google, make sure you provide extra value or content.
I've quoted only parts of report. Any serious affiliate will want to study whole thing carefully.
You can read full report on Henk's blog here...
Note: A Google employee broke a non-disclosure agreement by revealing this report. I don't know how long it will stay online. You may want to do what I did - save a copy of it on your hard drive.
Now we know what Google really thinks of affiliates. You've been warned.
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