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Redirects For Cloaked Affiliate Link
Posted 27 April 2004 - 11:00 AM
I am using this method to "cloak" my affiliate id and the merchant id rather than js or other methods. The main reason for this is to keep other affiliates from substituting their affiliate code for mine. I know they can dig enough to get it but many are just too lazy.
Plus I can name the redirect file with a related keyword that may help if I'm not shooting myself in the foot here.
Posted 27 April 2004 - 11:06 AM
It's not much different from the SE not being able to see a cookie - it's not intended to artificially boost rankings or to deceive anyone, in the case you describe.
Actually, it's a pretty common practice and I've never heard of an issue with it. Other than the fact that SE's don't like affiliates too much, but that's a separate issue.
Posted 27 April 2004 - 11:44 AM
I wasn't referring to any htaccess just a plain htm redirect page using the meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url=http://merchant_site_affiliate_id
So the fact that it is a redirect seems to be ok as long as I'm not hiding content like keyword stuffing etc. Since I have to have a title, I do use the keyword there but it has no other meta type description tags, no images etc, just a plain blank page as for as the body goes.
If it was going to be some kind of negative I would just take my chances with a direct link but this makes me feel better.
Posted 27 April 2004 - 11:56 AM
One year closer to the ol "hole"
Not to worry, Google will eventually drop us all ..... SomeDay!
Posted 27 April 2004 - 12:57 PM
Welcome Someday. Hope you stay around forever and enjoy your stay.
As to your question, have you considered using a server-side redirect via php, asp, etc instead of a META redirect? This approach would not only hide your affliate id if you did it right, but would also pass PR if you wanted it to.
Posted 27 April 2004 - 01:34 PM
No, but if you can give me an example I'll let you know how it turns out. Sounds like it might be just what I'm looking for.
have you considered using a server-side redirect via php
WARNING! If it works, I may just stay around forever!
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