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    Unloading links to improve the site

    I had a nice learning experience with someone on twitter.
    From him, I learned that I was doing it wrong when it came to sites that sell products.
    Short story, he had eliminated all outside links on his amazon sites.
    No more adsense, clickbank, etc.
    And his amazon sales increased through the roof!
    Now he is making more money that he had previously.

    So, I took my blogs that were amazon sellling blogs and eliminated them!
    And changed them all to amazon a-stores.
    No outside links anymore!
    And the look good (lots of themes on amazon, or create your own).
    Now, I aint making much money yet, I just did all this in the past week at most.
    But the sites now look better and are focused only on the products!
    And visitor count increasing daily from when they were blogs.
    Few sales so far, so I think I made the right decision.
    See my signature for two of my amazon stores.

    Now on my only blog left, the first one in my signature, I am finding out that dropping products into my posts (they only stay on the post until the next post I make, people are clicking on them and again making a few sales.

    Plus of course, dropping a link to my amazon sites in posts helps to get more visitors.

    I am looking at one point, eliminating a lot of links on my sidebar and just keep them in posts.

    Anyone have thoughts on this?
    What have you done to eliminate useless links, or links that send your visitors packing?

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    Of course the guy's sales increased when he eliminated all outside links. He stopped inviting visitors to leave his site. I've seen several ecommerce sites that also ran AdSense and other affiliate ads. This is insane if you want to keep visitors focused on your products. Due to the nature of contextual advertising, the only links likely to appear are those for competing products.

    Be aware that if you are using the Amazon aStores code, you do not have any content on the pages. The content is provided through iframes, which are not part of your site and does not appear in the code for your pages. Spiders ignore iframes content. You have to add content to the pages if you want something for the spiders to focus on.

    Don't use reviews and product descriptions from the Amazon site. That's the kiss of death for an Amazon affiliate site. When the Panda updates started, a couple of my automated Amazon stores were de-indexed. The sites were not using aStores code, but were using content pulled directly from Amazon through their REST datafeeds. The content for half of the sites was automatically spun and the sentences re-arranged before it was displayed, but Google still caught it. All 6 of my Amazon datafeed sites crashed shortly after Panda started. My monthly Amazon revenues went from $2,000 to $3,000 to less than the price of a pizza.

    It looks like you are using Amazon product descriptions on your site. I strongly recommended writing unique and original content. Don't just re-write it. You need to write original content.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    For now, I am not putting content on the sites.
    Just to see how google treats the sites.
    And bing.

    Talked to a few others who are also now looking at removing outside links on their product pages, etc.

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    Without content, you are only ranking from inbound links and the domain name, so it's weak for SEO. But I would say it's not spam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iowadawg View Post
    For now, I am not putting content on the sites.
    Just to see how google treats the sites.
    And bing.
    The problem is that there is nothing for spiders to index if the content is all within iframes. It's like a blank page to a spider. Let us know what happens to your traffic. If it starts to dive, add at least 300 words of unique content to each page.

    The bigger problem is using content copied from the Amazon site. Panda targeted those sites the same as they did the scraper sites. The site gets flagged for "thin content". Google did the same thing to e-commerce sites that used the manufacturer's descriptions for products. The content needs to be unique and original.

    Regardless of what some people say, I've proven beyond any doubt that Google has been on a vendetta against affiliate marketing sites for many years. The best thing that you can do is to make the content look like it is not an affiliate site.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    ME - DOES NOT CARE ABOUT GOOGLE.

    Now the bad thing about trying to add content?
    Put above and it does look crappy if too long plus it makes people have to scroll to get to the products.

    Put below, and people have to scroll for a bit to see it.

    EG: Amazon has on their a-stores a 2500 or more scroll....
    this is to have it that descriptions, reviews, etc show up if someone clicks on the product.
    I shortened than down to 1200, but still....

    The other thing, most important, to me at least, is not the actual number of visitors, but the actual number of buyers!
    Though some would argue, the more visitors the more chance of buyers.

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    Just keep in mind that what you see on a web page is not what a spider (any spider) sees when you're using the aStore iframes. A spider sees a blank content area.

    Let us know what happens.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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