Why I think this is important?
Google penalizes web pages that frequently use affiliate links due to
potential misleading information and poor user experience. So what most
affiliate marketers do is implement “link cloaking” – disallow certain
access site folder from search engines, add rel=”nofollow”, and do 301
redirect if search engine tries to access the restricted folder full of
This problem still exists today, and I believe RelPayment can solve this
issue. So instead of cloaking affiliated links, why not put a RelPayment
tag on <a href> and use the normal affiliate link? This will basically
tell the users and search engines that you are referring them to a
payment page or donation page. So what I am trying to say it that
RelPayment can tell search engines that it’s an affiliated link without
you cloaking and adding nofollow tag.
RelPayment can also tell search engines not to pass pagerank or link
juice to the affiliated page without using nofollow.
But of course Search Engines like Google, Bing, Yandex and Baidu should
also support RelPayment.
Finally, I’d like the input from the World Wide Web Consortium community
about this idea, and what are the possibilities that it can be accepted
by Microformats, Search Engines and W3 standards.