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Will Google Ban me using redirect script

 6:51 pm on Jun 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

Will i be banned from google using redirect script for outbound links like this


(302 redirect). I would like to do this to count clicks.

[edited by: ciml at 10:20 am (utc) on June 2, 2005]
[edit reason] Examplified [/edit]



 12:11 pm on Jun 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

I very much doubt it.

Might be a good idea to block bots [webmasterworld.com] from your cgi-bin though.

Wouldnt want to contribute to the 302 hijack phenomenum thing now would you.


 7:20 am on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

No more replies?


 9:21 am on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

You could find yourself on an extended vacation in the sandbox, I have just had a site re-appear after 9 months, I can only put it down to a legitimate PHP redirection script that I wrote.

The fact that the site is back could mean tGoogle have fixed any issues though.


 4:47 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

u could also have rel="nofollow" in the links too.


 5:24 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

u could also have rel="nofollow" in the links too.

That's not a good idea for at least two reasons:

1) It discourages inbound links (who wants to link to a site that cheats with its outbound links?).

2) It isn't the way that Google and other SEs intended that "nofollow" be used, and since linking is the basis of Google's PageRank concept, it seems reasonable that Google might take a dim view of sites that try to hoard PageRank by using "nofollow" on non-blog links.


 12:35 pm on Jun 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

This makes me question how I should link between my sites. Without publishing URLs, my sites sell a variety of consumer goods like books, cds, dvds, games etc etc. Each site has a different URL simply because they evolved that way over time.

At the moment each site links to the other sites at the top of each page (6 links in all).

So, given that each site has thousands of pages, they all have a fair few IBLs and equally external links from one another.

Given that they're all from the same IP address, is Google gonna catch on and penalise me? So far, it hasn't, but who knows....

My dilemma is: keep things as they are and hope for the best. Or, perhaps add "nofollow" to the links in the header? Or redirects instead? But of course then each site will suffer from a reduction of IBLs.

Soon I'm gonna launch the same sites overseas, and then the problem is amplified yet further.

Any thoughts?


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