Google Affiliate Slap: You Can Bounce Back

I’m not sure I’ve read any reports of sites being able to bounce back from the Google Affiliate Slap, but I’m happy to report that we’ve conducted a successful test. (On accident of course)

In helping my son get started with some Internet marketing, he loaded a site that had initially held a #3-#5 organic position on Google with affiliate offers. The site was soon completely dropped from the Google index. My son removed the affiliate offers and we started the clock ticking to see if and when the site might show back up in Google’s index. I’m happy to report it took less than two weeks for it to bounce back from the Google Affiliate Slap and show up in the top 10 organic results.

Prior to my son adding additional affiliate offers, he had a few running on the site which had no negative affect on the organic SERPs. My bet is that Google has a formula that measures affiliate offers to the amount of content on a given page or the site in general. I’d be interested in hearing from others that have had an opportunity to test site recovery after getting hit by the Google Affiliate Slap.

Share your test results with our readers.

The Google Affiliate Slap

If you have not been following the latest Google Adwords news their is a new Google Affiliate Slap starting to make headlines. I first heard the news from Perry Marshall and most recently from from the folks at Hexatrack.

In short, Google does not like affiliate marketers and is now penalizing sites that link directly to affiliate offers, but do not add any value to the site or offer. Google is being especially hard on review sites that link to affiliate offers.

This will obviously be big news for the next several weeks so stay tuned for more information.