|Mon Jan 28 2013 00:11:47|
Google Welcomes Affiliate Marketers to News Results
By: David Steiner
Over the past month or so, I've noticed an increasing number of top-ranked Google News stories for companies such as eBay, Amazon, Best Buy, etc that resemble a collection of infomercials rather than relevant news articles. So many, in fact, that I had to look on pages 2, 3 and beyond for anything that had pertinent information.
It was a little hard to detect at first, since some of the affiliates were publishers that had been indexed by Google News for a long time - publishers like Huffington Post and BusinessInsider, for example. But a close look at what these publishers are doing reveals them using affiliate sites such as Viglink.com and SkimLinks.com to earn affiliate commission on items that they are "writing" about on their sites. It's also a bit tricky because some of these sites are cloaking the URLs to keep Google from recognizing them as affiliate links.
This is a very interesting development, because 10 years ago, when EcommerceBytes brought affiliate spamming to Google's attention, they were quick to run an update in an attempt to rid search results from affiliate Spam. But it appears that in 2013, this technique is now acceptable.
A few examples
Huffpost on Rotten Twinkie for sale on eBay
Link in story
mouseover the link it displays this and redirects to:
Article on 15 Stupidest Amazon Reviews
Link to Three Wolf Man Shirt:
There are tons of others that I found in less than an hour of searching.
If you've been seeing similar results, post them here. I know that Google will be very interested in this topic.
See also, Google Passes off Affiliate Marketers as News Publishers.