Many of you have experienced difficulties with your websites’ quality ratings being downgraded by Google, or your AdWords account being shut down or suspended recently, in what has come to be known as the Google Slap. We have been approached by a number of affiliates asking for further information on what may have caused this and what can be done to have their sites’
quality ratings restored or
their AdWords accounts re-activated. Therefore, we are providing below the information provided by Google, in the hope that this will be helpful to you.
1. Duplicate Mini-sites
The issue is often that affiliates create sites for the purpose of circumventing Google’s affiliate link policy. This policy states: “We’ll only display one ad per search query for advertisers sharing the same top-level domain in the display URL. This means that if you’re an affiliate advertiser, your ad may not show for a query because another affiliate or the website that runs the affiliate program also has ads using the same (or a similar) domain in the display URL.”
When one site is essentially the same site as another, while the product is fine, promoting it with different domains is against the rules. It violates the requirement that a site’s content be unique.
2. Use of trademarked terms in the Ad text:
AdWords ads will not show if they’re using a trademarked term (e.g.
Photoshop) in the ad text and
the landing page does not provide a reasonable amount of information about this product. Please make sure that the landing page provide enough information about the trade-marked term, so that it is not a ruse to attract visitors to the page but offers valuable information.
3. Squeeze Pages to obtain visitor names and email addresses:
Landing pages that act as squeeze pages to obtain visitors’ names and email addresses are often rated poorly on landing page quality. This is usually because the landing page is a data harvesting site that only contains a form. A site of this nature could most likely be advertised successfully if the user was taken to the page that describes the product and lets them buy it. Asking the users to provide a name and email before they can learn more about the product is not considered a good user experience and will be discouraged. If users are being asked for their name and email, then there should be some value that is provided to the user.
4. Thin reviews:
Review sites that contain short one paragraph reviews of products are considered thin reviews by Google and are not rated highly. If the review is a short abstract, and a link is provided to a more detailed version of the same review, then that review is considered by Google to be more valuable to the user and is therefore rated more highly. Google values reviews where the basis for arriving at the recommendation or the rating of the product is disclosed in the review, as it delivers a better user experience.
In general Google suggests the following practices to ensure a high rating on their search results:
- Avoid hidden text or hidden links.
- Don’t use cloaking or sneaky redirects.
- Don’t load pages with irrelevant keywords.
- Avoid “doorway” pages created just for search engines, or other “cookie cutter” approaches such as affiliate programs with little or no original content.
- If your site participates in an affiliate program, make sure that your site adds value.
- Provide unique and relevant content that gives users a reason to visit your site first.
- When in doubt consult Google’s webmaster guidelines for more general information.
I hope this information was useful to you. Make it a prosper year in 2010.
Hello from Las Vegas Hilton Convention Center where I spent 3 days at PPC Classroom Live 3.
Hats off to Anik Singal as not only a good friend, but someone who really ecellerated my career in Pay Per Click Affiliate Marketing.
I remember the first PPC Classroom Live in Las Vegas, where I made a comittment to come learn from Anik & the rest of the speakers. It only seems like it was yesterday. These guys definiately have come a long way to bring more than 18,000 people into the training, 500 people at this event to network and share their success stories.
The first day begun where the brought up the coaches on stage. At PPC Classroom Live 2, Anik had asked me to come on board and help train the students as a VIP Coach.
Amit Metha, David Ford, Stephanie Houstan, Vikas Bhatia, Andy Huang, Adrienne Devita
After working with the student for over 6 months, it is a great honor to finally meet some of them in person. So we started the 1st day by introducing the VIP coaches on stage so students can come to us during the event to help answer any questions they might have.
What I really enjoy is to really spend some face time with students to help review their current strategies as well as share what tactics I applied for my own business.
It was great to be part of the panel to help answer questions in the VIP session. I actually had caught a flu last week in Texas. I was glad I was able to make it through the event that day.
Day 2 was great when I was up on stage presenting with my business partner Simon Leung. We went into more detail in terms of the strategies we deploy as an agency as well as training materials we used to train our team in China.
Sharing our actual results of a success campaign. $1.2 Million in gross sales revenue with less than $9,000 adspent.
It was a great to be able to spent sometimes not only with the students, but the support staff of Lurn who are behind PPC Classroom that is teaching the 10s of 1000s of entrepreneurs worldwide.
David & Andy Huang
Andy Huang & Mark Roth my mentor of CPA network ( Offervalut.com)
We had a surpised guest from Beverly Hills to see Simon & I. Blake Mallen, CMO and Co-founder of ViSalus.
Blake Mallen, Andy Huang and Carol Yang
After the 3 Days of intensive work Anik treated all the coaches and staff to a nice steak dinner at TJ Steak house inside of Las Vegas Hilton
Andy Huang, Anik Singal, Carol Yang
David DiNucci & Andy Huang
Of course, with every success event, there is the after party. We were invited by Blake Mallen to join his crew at the Wynn hotel.
Inside shot of Tryst at Wynn Hotel
Carol Yang, Andy Huang, David
Look forward to the next PPC Classroom Live 4, and hope to see you there.
To your continual success!
Dear Amazon Associate:
We’re writing to let you know about a change to the Amazon Associates Program. After careful review of how we are investing our advertising resources, we have made the decision to no longer pay referral fees to Associates who send users to www(dot)amazon(dot)com www(dot)amazon(dot)ca, or www(dot)endless(dot)com through keyword bidding and other paid search on Google, Yahoo, MSN, and other search engines, and their extended search networks. If you’re not sure if this change affects you, please visit this page for FAQs.
As of May 1, 2009, Associates will not be paid referral fees for paid search traffic. Also, in connection with this change, as of May 1, 2009, Amazon will no longer make data feeds available to Associates for the purpose of sending users to the Amazon websites in the US or Canada via paid search.
This change applies only to the Associates programs in North America. If you are conducting paid search activities in connection with one of Amazon’s Associates Programs outside of the US and Canada, please refer to the applicable country’s Associates Program Operating Agreement for relevant terms and conditions.
We appreciate your continued support and participation in this advertising Program. If you have questions or concerns, please write to us by using the Contact Us form available on Associates Central.
The Amazon Associates Program
Amazon is shutting down its affiliate program for PPC marketer, and this certainly will impact many of the affiliates who were riding the riches promoting amazon products.
If you are still doing PPC, make sure you maximize your effort before May 1sst as you have less than 3 weeks to continue receiving payment of your PPC effort with Amazon Associates Program.
I’m sure you’ve heard recently about
PPC Classroom – yes, you can get it
100% for free. This is by FAR one of the best courses I’ve ever seen … and it’s free, it doesn’t get better than that!
Or…I thought until I got an e-mail from Anik last night…
Anik & Amit somehow convinced some
of the TOP marketers in the world to
actually help their students in a BIG way.
They have convinced some of the BEST
tools & courses to be given away for Free as well in addition to PPC Classroom…
So, you get $3,197 worth of Bonuses that are for SALE otherwise. This is not some “re-sell” junk — these are AMAZING tools you’re going to need anyways…
Here’s a briefing of it…
1. Mark Ling – An ENTIRE Affiliate Course ($197)
2. Michael Rasmussen – Exclusive Interview ($97)
3. Howie Schwartz – Workshop Recordings ($1,000)
4. Emil Paz – PPC Bully – 2 Months Free ($98)
5. Jay Stockwell – SpeedPPC – 2 Months Free ($397)
6. Steven Juth – AdwordAccelerator – 2 Months Free ($74)
7. Chris Carpenter – Google Cash v4 ($67)
8. Cody Moya – 750 Traffic Tactics ($397)
9. Greg Cesar – Exclusive CPA + PPC Interview ($97)
10. Kabita Kalita – CPA PPC Niche Magic ($97)
11. Kirt Christensen – Entire DVD on PPC ($97)
12. Paul Colligan – LIVE PPV Webinar ($197)
13. Jim Morris – NicheBot ($382 Credits)
That’s over $3,197 of amazing courses AND TOOLS. Trust me, you’ll end up spending on these tools anyways if you go outside of this offer…
At this point, PPC Classroom is worth it JUST for the tools alone! You’d be crazy to miss out on this – I’m dead serious.
Go now and get ALL this for F.R.E.E – You just pay S&H on a DVD…
I’ll see you there,
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In the world of internet marketing, there’s a new product that is launched every week (maybe even every day). I know you know about it because you get the e-mails. I’m not saying that all or even any of these products are bad.
Most are probably great in their own light. But, here’s one thing that really bothers me about ALL these products.
So, the goal of the product is to teach “US” how to make money, right? Yet, they sell the products based on how much that “GURU” is earning?
Again, I’m not saying that the guru doesn’t make that much money, I’m sure he/she does. However, how does that help “me?”
Just because someone is good at making money does NOT mean they’re good at TEACHING us how to do it. I’m always shocked at how none of them talk about what their “students”make.
To top it off, a lot of testimonials are general and just say “Oh yea, this course is great…” and most of time the testimonials are just from their “buddies” – I think
these hardly carry any value!
How about sharing the “exact” amount that the students are now making 100% thanks to the course that they’re trying to sell us?
Anyways, that was my rant. The reason I thought about it was because, yes, there is yet another course being “re” launched soon. Trust me, if you haven’t heard about it you will.
But I can honestly say, it’s refreshing to see that THIS one is different.
I was REALLY impressed with what I’m seeing so far. They’re ACTUALLY proving to us that this course works!
The course is called
and it’s being released by Anik Singal and Amit Mehta (Amit is the author). They released
this course back in October of 2008 and it was a blockbuster.
Rumor has it that they had over 7,000 students come into the system and I’ve never (even once) seen a bad review ANYWHERE (even on Warrior forum) about the course.
Well, it turns out that this course actually works! Just in the last 3 months…
- Students have quit their day jobs…
- A student actually saved himself from getting EVICTED
- Students went from making $30 a day to $3,000 a DAY…
All in all, the students now earn, $4,234,789/Year. Very impressive.
I have gotton Anik and Amit well enough , as well as working with the many of the top student knowing their results..
FINALLY, actual proof.
Well, I know they’re getting ready to re-open the classroom on February 24th
But, they keep saying there is a BIG surprise coming out on the 23rd (not sure what that is).
Anyways, I just finished reading an excellent report they have released for free, definitely worth reading – it really proves that they know what they’re doing.
See you when inside when the course re-open.
To your continual success.
Hello from Harvard Club in Boston Massachusetts,
I just spent the last four days with Anik Singal & Amit Metha doing our PPC Classroom Live Platnium workshop. I had the pleasure of working with PPC Classroom Student since December 2008, and Anik invited me to participate in the workshop with Amit and Mark Roth for a 2 day intensive hands on training with our students.
We kicked off the first session with just about 20 students and open the hot seat to review their campaign, landing page, and offers.
Amit revealed his $1,000,000+ affiliate website as well as the resources to build his business. Students are extremely excited to learn the indepth strategies that exploded Amits business.
Many of the student has requested to learn more on the placement strategies. Anik has asked me to share my secrets on how to get 1,000,000+ of clicks with double digit CTR with single digit conversion cost.
I went into in-depth strategies to teach the students how to target high trafficed website using proven strategies to pay pennies for 50~70% conversion.
I am very excited to have shared 4 days intensive training with the student of PPC Classroom, and look forward to hear their success in the next few weeks.
Until next time, to your continual success.