Google's Secret Guidelines On Thin Affiliates

Written by Allan Gardyne

Journalist Henk van Ess has caused a flurry of excitement on blogs and forums.

In his blog he revealed that Google uses teams of humans all overrepparttar world to evaluaterepparttar 146621 accuracy of Google's search results.

These "international agents", who are paid $10 to $20 an hour, were recruited mainly through universities. They're paid to check search results at Google every day.

Don't be distracted byrepparttar 146622 debate over whether Google should be doing this.

Of course it should. It's just a form of quality control.

Google can userepparttar 146623 evaluators' findings to tweak its algorithms and reduce search engine spam.

What affiliates need to pay careful attention to is Google's "Spam Recognition Guide for Raters", which Henk revealed.

If you're a "thin affiliate," beware.

Althoughrepparttar 146624 report is a year old, about 80% of its contents are still being used by Google's evaluators, Henk says.

The confidential document gives us an unvarnished look at Google's attitude to affiliates.

If you're using any ofrepparttar 146625 "manipulative techniques" Google describes, this report will probably encourage you to take a hard look at your website.

I hope you're not silly enough to be using hidden links or hidden text. Not surprisingly, Google teaches its "raters" how to detect them.

Are you creating pages without much content withrepparttar 146626 aim of collecting pay-per-click (PPC) revenue? Google's raters are taught to mark such pages as "Offensive", and gives examples.

Google secret guidelines spend some time discussing different ways in which some affiliates display results from pay-per-click search engines, so if you're doing that, you'll definitely want to study this report carefully.

Are you displaying ads disguised as search engine results? Google finds them offensive.

Are you adding a feed to your site withrepparttar 146627 aim of earning PPC revenue? That's "offensive", too.

Google says:

"We differentiate between affiliates that produce extra service, value, or content, and those that simply are duplicates of other sites, set up to boost traffic to other sites and earn a commission for it. The former ones are not Offensive and should be rated onrepparttar 146628 merits torepparttar 146629 query. The latter ones are Offensive... "Thin affiliate doorways are sites that usher people to a number of Affiliate programs, earning a commission for doing so, while providing little or no value-added content or service torepparttar 146630 user. A site certainly hasrepparttar 146631 right to try to earn income; we're attempting to identify sites that do nothing but act as a commission-earning middleman."

Finding the Best and Most Lucrative Affiliate Programs

Written by Troy Pentico

One ofrepparttar questions that is askedrepparttar 146545 most by bothrepparttar 146546 beginning and experienced Internet Marketer is, What arerepparttar 146547 best affiliate programs?

With literally thousands of affiliate programs onrepparttar 146548 Internet to choose from it is no surprise that people have problems deciding onrepparttar 146549 best ones to join and promote.

Today I am going to focus on things you need to take into consideration when trying to tellrepparttar 146550 difference between an outstanding affiliate program andrepparttar 146551 ones you should avoid likerepparttar 146552 plague.

Target Markets That You Have Some Knowledge In

When you know something aboutrepparttar 146553 market you are entering into it will save you time and money because you will reducerepparttar 146554 amount of research that will need to be done in finding products that target customers in that market need.

If you already knowrepparttar 146555 market you won't be spending a lot of time researching whatrepparttar 146556 market needs because you will recognize these products when you find them.

Focus Your Efforts on Programs in “HOT” Markets

The best programs to promote are not only in hot markets but they also offer products that are needed byrepparttar 146557 target customers in that particular market but also are unique products as well so your competition is at a minimum.

Look For Affiliate Programs with High Pay Outs

The best ways to promote affiliate programs will berepparttar 146558 same no matter whatrepparttar 146559 price ofrepparttar 146560 product. When you sell “High Ticket” items you will be usingrepparttar 146561 same marketing strategies that you would use for products with small price tags.

Sorepparttar 146562 question you need to ask yourself is “Why am I wasting my time and advertising dollars promoting products that will take me double or triplerepparttar 146563 effort to make good money?”

It is not only common sense but it is simple math as well. If one affiliate program pays $20 dollar per sale and another pays you $40 dollars per sale it is going to take you twice as many sales to generaterepparttar 146564 same profits fromrepparttar 146565 first program as it willrepparttar 146566 second.

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