Msg#: 25430 posted 1:55 pm on Aug 24, 2004 (gmt 0)
Hi! I've recently set up affiliate links on my website to be tracked with some click tracking script and now they look like http://www.mysite.com/trackingscript/click.php?widgetid Now i see that Google indexed them as pages of my website. When i checked one of these links on the server headers checker it looks like 302 redirect. Is it bad from Google's point of view? Thanks in advance.
Msg#: 25430 posted 6:19 am on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)
302 redirects for are real bad for the people you are linking to, as your page/url often shows instead of theirs, and you can pick up all their backlinks. The page you are linking to can stop showing for the search phrase, and even after you correct the link to a 301 redirect, the page you are linking to may take weeks/months to start showing on particular search terms. I have a situation like this at the moment for a PR6 index page that no longer shows for its main search term. A "friendly" site had got a new link tracking program and placed a new link to the page. They removed the page from Google using their remove page facility, but still the page does not rank for its term.
The issue relates to Google's duplicate content filter, and what I believe is a bug relating to the 302 redirects.
301 permanent redirects are by far the next safest Google friendly form of links from a straight text link.
Msg#: 25430 posted 6:29 am on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)
t2dman is right. The same thing happens with Yahoo. I'm in the process of trying to get my site back into Yahoo's index after someone linked to me this way and it trigger the duplicate content problem.
Msg#: 25430 posted 6:34 pm on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)
>> 302 redirects for are real bad for the people you are linking to...
But are they a real bad for ME?
I consider the internet is a community. If your links harm another sites rankings for a phrase, then you should do as you have done to put it right. Do unto others as you would like them to do yo you, and all that.
While it may give you rankings for the moment, you don't know how the algo may change to make it a negative for you in the future.
People are more likely to want to recip link with you when you provide quality links.