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True reciprocol link
What must a link look like?
jgar




msg:413242
 11:38 am on May 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

We have a reciprol link page - when a link is clicked, an asp page is invoked, which updates the number of clicks on that link in our database, and then an asp redirect is made to the other site.

One of our link partners is concerned that google will not credit their site for our link to him, because we do not show a direct link to him on our links page in the form <a href="site.com">site</a>.

Is our link partner right?
If we can still safely use our click-counter page, is it important how it subsequently redirects to his site?

Thanks for any help.

 

Nick_W




msg:413243
 11:47 am on May 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'd say he was right. You use an http header to redirect to his site right?

AFAIK, in fact I'm certain, thant wouldn't count.

Nick

jgar




msg:413244
 11:54 am on May 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

Sorry, didn't quite understand your reply.

Our asp page uses a server-side redirect <%response.redirect "http://www.site.com"%>

Is that not ok?

Would it be better to use a javascript client side redirect in the form window.location='http://www.site.com'?

johnypalillo




msg:413245
 12:41 pm on May 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

No, I think javascripted links will not be credit by Google.

jgar




msg:413246
 1:15 pm on May 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

How than can ou provide creditable links and still be able to count clicks?

Any ideas?

danny




msg:413247
 1:41 pm on May 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

Google follows server-side redirects and credits the links to the PageRank of the target. At least, I'm pretty sure about that - when I moved my domains and server redirected requests to the old pages, all the PR seemed to transfer.

Danny.

Nick_W




msg:413248
 2:22 pm on May 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

Your asp stuff is sending an http header to redirect.

I can't see any real solution to this problem, it has to be a straight link and by definition there is no way you can do anything once it's clicked.

If you're needing to report to a client/subscriber, one way would be to write some generic JS to give them and have it tally up the amount of clickthroughs at their end.

Not ideal, but I can't think of anything else....

Nick

booty




msg:413249
 12:20 pm on Jun 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

if you use server.transfer instead of response.redirect you should be fine

only works on 2000/XP though (NT4 it won't work)

JuDDer




msg:413250
 12:32 pm on Jun 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

if you use server.transfer instead of response.redirect you should be fine

Server.Transfer only works on internal pages and cannot be used to redirect to an external URL or page.

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