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Is It Unethical To Use 302 Redirects Of Affiliate Links?


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#1 JeremyH

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 09:41 PM

I have a website, and it's income is generated through affiliate links. All affiliate links get directed through a script on my site for my statistics before being redirected to the userís chosen destination page.

Right now they use a nofollow attribute before being 301 redirected, but now Iím considering removing the nofollow and using a 302 redirect.

My theory is that my affiliate link to their site would start showing up in the search engines, but I have to do much more research on 302 redirects.

Is it unethical to use 302 redirects of affiliate links?

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 02:56 AM

QUOTE(JeremyH @ May 21 2009, 03:41 AM) View Post
I have a website, and it's income is generated through affiliate links. All affiliate links get directed through a script on my site for my statistics before being redirected to the userís chosen destination page.

Right now they use a nofollow attribute before being 301 redirected, but now Iím considering removing the nofollow and using a 302 redirect.

My theory is that my affiliate link to their site would start showing up in the search engines, but I have to do much more research on 302 redirects.

Is it unethical to use 302 redirects of affiliate links?


most common approach (that I have seen) is your redirect script, block that via robots.txt ... no, its not unethical, why should you help these businesses above and beyond what they pay you for? the more you help them, the less you get paid ... (having worked on both sides of the fences, I feel affiliates often get a bumb deal!) its fine to use a 302... personally I can't see any ethics in this...

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 07:16 PM

QUOTE(Gerry White @ May 21 2009, 03:56 AM) View Post
most common approach (that I have seen) is your redirect script, block that via robots.txt ... no, its not unethical, why should you help these businesses above and beyond what they pay you for? the more you help them, the less you get paid ... (having worked on both sides of the fences, I feel affiliates often get a bumb deal!) its fine to use a 302... personally I can't see any ethics in this...

I think that you should just use your redirects. You are not getting paid for the extra help!




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